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.
Find out about Danny Boyle’s Pages of the Sea commission to mark the Armistice: www.pagesofthesea.org.uk
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.
Discover 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/.
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.