A Century's Memories: Lest We Forget

Commemorate the lives lost during World War 1 with this assembly and year 6 public speaking resource.

Years: 6

Duration: 90mins

Curriculum Objectives: 5

Subject: English


Resource Overview

This resource can be used as a standalone remembrance assembly commemorating the First World War, or extended as a part of a year 6 English lesson guiding pupils through public speaking and preparing their own remembrance speech.

A Century’s Memories was an oral history project undertaken by Bath & North East Somerset Council to commemorate the Centenary of the First World War. Young students and army cadets interviewed older residents across the district about what their families and communities had done during the War, and how the War had impacted on their lives. An illustrated book and Key Stage 2 Learning Pack were produced using the stories shared, and the interviews were archived at Bath Record Office.


Resource Assets

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Lest We Forget Lesson Plan

Everything you need to know to deliver this lesson

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Lest We Forget: Remembrance Assembly PowerPoint

Use this Remembrance Assembly PowerPoint to remember and say thank you to everyone that was involved in World War 1.

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Public Speaking - Simple Steps to Success

A great tool to tick off all the steps to giving speeches in public with confidence.

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War Memorials in Bath and North East Somerset

Use this list to find WW1 Memorials in Bath and North East Somerset.


Curriculum Objectives

  • Gain, maintain and monitor the interest of the listener(s).
  • Participate in discussions, presentations, performances, role play, improvisations and debates.
  • Speak audibly and fluently with an increasing command of Standard English.
  • Year 5 and 6 (Age 9-11)
    • Identify the audience for and purpose of writing, selecting the appropriate form and using other similar writing as models.
    • Perform their own compositions, using appropriate intonation, volume, and movement so that meaning is clear.