Remembrance lesson plan raises funds for The Royal British Legion

    Published: 12 October 2018

    As we approach the 11th November, many schools across the country will be focusing on the significance of Remembrance Day and the importance of peace.  To mark the centenary of the end of the First World War and support pupils, Herts for Learning (HfL) has created a detailed English plan based on an engaging World War I text. The plan is available to purchase for £1, with net proceeds being donated to the Royal British Legion for Remembrance Day.

    Why we wear a poppy as a symbol of RemembranceWhere poppies now grow

    In the spring of 1915, shortly after losing a friend in Ypres, a Canadian doctor, Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae was inspired by the sight of poppies growing in battle-scarred fields to write a now famous poem called In Flanders Fields. After the First World War, the poppy was adopted as a symbol of Remembrance.

    HfL’s  detailed key Stage 2 English lesson plan is based on John McCrae’s poem and an engaging text,  Where the Poppies Now Grow by Hilary Robinson and Martin Impey, that allows for exciting opportunities to develop the children’s reading, writing and spoken language.

    The plan will support teachers in Years 5 and 6 deliver an exciting and engaging poetry unit. The plan has been carefully crafted to allow children to meet the heightened demands of the National Curriculum.

    The plan weaves together the statements from the reading (word reading and comprehension) and writing (transcription, handwriting, composition, VGP and spelling) components of the curriculum, showing how all of these aspects of learning can be addressed through creative learning experiences.

    The plan can be downloaded from the HfL website:
    Net proceeds of the sale of this lesson plan will be donated to The Royal British Legion.

    For more information about HfL’s resources, consultancy and training services, please contact us on 01438 845111 or email

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