Saturday 29 June 2019

Armed Forces Day

For Schools

Teachers: Show your support for Armed Forces Day by using our assembly kits!

Two school assembly plans are now available supporting the message of Armed Forces Day:

  • Primary school audience / 7-11 year olds
  • Secondary school audience / 11-16 year olds

Pupils are asked to consider in simple terms, ‘Why have Armed Forces today?’ and ‘Why should we acknowledge and support their work?’

Pupils are guided to make links from how they act in school or their communities, to how nations and large groups of people act towards each other – and how some people choose to help others. Our assembly plans offer ideas about values and beliefs, of peoples’ rights and responsibilities and of the need to respect others. Each plan includes comprehensive teacher’s notes, extension activity ideas for taking part in further themed activities and regional curriculum links.

Armed Forces learning resource

The resource uses five sections to explore key questions that students may have about the Armed Forces. These include why we have the Armed Forces, their role in Britain’s history, their work at home and abroad, and what it is like to work for the Armed Forces. Additionally, a separate section containing lesson ideas for teachers is included to be used in English, History and Citizenship classes.

As well as providing a fantastic means for educating younger generations about the history and work of the Armed Forces, the Learning Resource also represents a great opportunity to raise awareness of the positive contribution the Armed Forces make on both a domestic and international level.

Each section contains a variety of links, photos and videos for interactive learning, as well as contributions from across the Armed Forces. These range from reservists and cadet members to veterans and Generals, all of whom are enthusiastically backing the initiative. Other people involved include historian Dan Snow, who produced the introduction to ‘The Armed Forces in our History’ section, focusing on the two wars that have “shaped our world”.