Primary Scheme of Work: Remembrance

Primary Scheme of Work, Key Stage 1 History (unresourced)

By Jennifer Donovan, published 1st October 2020

Events Beyond Living Memory that are Significant Nationally or Globally – Remembrance Day

In this unit pupils will be introduced to the concept of Remembrance Day and will learn why people in this country wear poppies in November. Through learning about Remembrance, pupils will understand that there are events beyond living memory that are significant nationally and globally, and that these are commemorated through anniversaries. Pupils will learn how to ask relevant questions about WWI and to deduce facts about the war based on their own investigations. Pupils will attempt to empathise with the people who lived through the war, and to use this knowledge to explain why it is important to remember significant past events, like WWI.

This unit is structured around 5 sequential history enquiries: 

  1. Why are people wearing poppies this week?
  2. Who do we remember on Remembrance Day?
  3. Why do we have Remembrance Day?
  4. What happens on Remembrance Day?
  5. Why is it important to remember?

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