Thank you so much to all that have contributed on this topic in the Facebook group Languages in Primary School. Please let me know which resources were yours so I can give you credit for them as I gathered them over time to use myself then thought I might as well share them with you all through this blog post!
Below is what I am planning to use with my French classes; the aim is to put together a wreath of poppies and cornflowers to commemorate the occasion.
- show this Remembrance Day pdf (it was a presentation but too heavy and I have added explanations about the different flowers): Remembrance Day to print ; this one in French is also good (I had to lighten it too): armistice
- show the beginning of the video kindly shared with ideas by the Primary Languages Network
- get the children to imagine they were one of the people from the film and write in French or English, in a white circle, a name, imaginary age and where they might have lived; they could use their own names to make it more personal.
- cut out poppies and cornflowers out of cardboard as shown in this picture below by Emma Roberts; the white circles with names etc can go in the middle of the flowers.
- watch this video as shared by Erzsi Culshaw: it is powerful and shows in French, English and German how all the people felt the same about the war... The children could write the phrases in all 3 languages as suggested here: feelings in French English and German
- this French poem is also lovely if you want to thank the soliders with your children
This is what I am planning to use with my Spanish classes:
- I am going to do some work on either this poem Gloria Fuertes poem (with potential resources here) the poem below or both.
- This article explains how Spain was neutral and I will sum it up for the children. This website was shared by Clare Seccombe.
- I will probably also use the video above (shared by Erzsi) with the pupils I teach Spanish to.
I have a Y4 class interested in Austria so am going to use this with them:
- This article tells us about the role of Austria-Hungary in WWI
- This article tells us about the Austrian National Day which has just taken place on 26th October (as it does every year) and I was lucky enough to be in Vienna for. They celebrate their armed forces and other services which keep the population of Autria safe.
- I will show a presentation of the photos I took in Vienna on their National Austrian day, celebrating those who keep Austria safe: Austrian National Day
I will also use this as an opportunity to teach some basic German phrases!
What will you be doing for the occasion? Please do share your ideas below too!