Video: Is Peace Possible?

Video: Is Peace Possible?

As we approach Remembrance Sunday I thought this video might be a useful way into a discussion with groups whether peace is possible. Sourced from Soomo Publishing. Discussion Is peace possible? What does peace mean? Is it just the absence of fighting? What do you think are the biggest causes of conflict? …at a local level? Globally? Does being “peaceful” mean being “passive”? Can you fight for peace or is that a contradiction? Can a country where people are oppressed and their human rights are abused be described as “peaceful”?...
Children’s Session – Remembrance Day

Children’s Session – Remembrance Day

Children’s Session Remembrance Day Worksheets Remembrance Day Wordsearch Remembrance Day Word Scramble Game: Poppy Relay You will need: large petal shapes from red paper/cardboard and a large centre from black paper, blu-tac. This is a game that can help introduce the theme of remembrance and gives the opportunity to build things by working together. Split the children into relay teams to build up a poppy on the wall. Don’t explain that the black centre needs to be put on last. After they are finished see how they got in. Was the centre placed on last? If so it will cover the rough edges of the petals in the middle. Video: The Poppy Story http://www.childrenandyouth.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/The-Poppy-Story-First-Level-Up.mp4 Was there anything in the video story that you hadn’t heard before? Why do we wear poppies? Why is it important to remember events of the past? Why do we maintain a minutes silence at Remembrance Day? Poppy Craft (Older Children) You need 2 pieces of cardboard for this project. One for the background and one for the poppy. Trace a poppy shape on the cardboard and cut out. Starting on the outside of one of the petals spread some tacky glue and start laying down the wool. For this project the tacky glue is the best, it holds down the yarn immediately whereas PVA glue may not stick at first and gets soaked up in the wool. Now you can add different shades of yarn in the poppy to add depth. You can also add some black yarn in bits and pieces as well. For the centre first paint it black and then add...
Remembrance Day Assembly Script

Remembrance Day Assembly Script

Remembrance Day Assembly Script Every year at the beginning of November, people begin to wear poppies. We all know that it’s something to do with remembering people who have died in wars, but sometimes it can feel that it doesn’t have much to do with us personally. But if you are one of the many people who have been affected by recent wars such as those in Iraq and Afghanistan you probably wish that other people knew more about the sacrifices that soldiers have made, and continue to make. The story of the poppy begins during the First World War, or, as it was more commonly known back then, The Great War. The Great War broke out a hundred years ago in July 1914. It seems hard to believe now, but there were celebrations in the streets and long queues of young men at army recruiting offices, eager to join up. They dreamed of heroism on the battlefields, winning medals to the glory of Great Britain and wanted to put the “upstart Germans” back in their place. It would all be over by Christmas, or so they thought. But this was war on a scale that had never been seen before. This was the first war to use aeroplanes, tanks and submarines; and machine guns, mortars and poison gas meant that thousands of people could be killed in minutes. In the face of such overwhelming destructive power, defense became increasingly important, so miles and miles of slimy trenches were dug across northern France and Belgium. Patriotic enthusiasm soon evaporated to be replaced by grim disillusionment. These poems help to...