This coming November 11th will mark the centenary of the end of the First World War.
There are several projects and events taking place nationwide and locally. Tom Palmer – whose new book Armistice Runner is set during the last days of the so-called Great War – has chosen ten that might work for you and your school.
Watch Peter Jackson’s film about the Armistice, created and freely available for schools to use this autumn. Aimed at 11 to 14 year olds. https://www.1418now.org.uk/commissions/new-film-peter-jackson/
Visit a local war memorial with the children. Find a local historian via your library who may be able to give a short talk at the war memorial.
Search https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections to hear interviews with men and women about their experience of the last days of the First World War.
Find out if you have one of the thought-provoking https://www.therebutnotthere.org.uk/gallery/ statues near your school.
Attend an Armistice Centenary in your local town or village. Many are listed here: https://armistice100.org.uk/events/.
Look at the free resources for schools at https://www.1418now.org.uk/learning-engagement/armistice/.
Watch out for more news about Danny Boyle’s commission to mark the Armistice: https://www.1418now.org.uk/commissions/armistice/.
Go to your local archive or library to find out about First World War soldiers from your city.
Use Tom Palmer’s Armistice Runner – and his free literacy resources – as a class read this autumn. http://tompalmer.co.uk/armistice-runner/
Ring bells on 11th November, joining millions of others worldwide as they mark one hundred years since the First World War ended.
I hope these ideas are useful. There are many more projects happening locally and nationally, so keep an eye out for more.