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POPPY DAY

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Feel free to adapt it to suit your school and age group.

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Assembly Title
Poppy Day

Submitted by
S. Daly

Age Group
7-14

Aim
To remember people who have died for us

Faith Group
Any

Resources
Poem, large poppies, candle, room lights, jug containing water (to use as a fire precaution) and real poppies, table with red cloth

The Inquisitive Mind of a Child - poem to display.pdf

The Inquisitive Mind of a Child - poem to display.doc

What is Remembrance Day? - from BBC Newsround

Why do people wear poppies? - from BBC Newsround

In Flanders Fields - by John McRae

Time of Year
On or close to November 11th (Remembrance Day or Armistice Day)

Other Details
This is a simple, but powerful assembly.
Sound/silence and light/darkness are effective features.

There are a lot of resources. Be selective rather than using them all.

The poem for display is provided in Word and PDF formats so that most people can open it.

This photo is from a school that displayed the poem and Newsround clips on its interactive whiteboard, with large poppies on the wall above.
(The puppets are not part of the display.)

Large Poppies

Script

Children and staff enter a silent hall.

1. Today is Poppy Day, also known as Remembrance Day or Armistice Day. The first Armistice day was on November 11th 1919, after World War One.
Once a year we stop for a minute and think about the people who have died for us as a result of war.

There is more information here  What is Remembrance Day? - from BBC Newsround

2. One thing we can do is to wear poppies. 
This is because poppies are one of the first flowers to grow on disturbed earth, so were amongst the first plants to be seen on fields after the war.

There is a moving poem and video here  In Flanders Fields - by John McRae

Money raised by selling the poppies helps injured soldiers.

There is more information here  Why do people wear poppies? - from BBC Newsround

3. Two people read the poem below, as mother and child.
A copy with pictures, to display on the interactive whiteboard, is here 

The Inquisitive Mind of a Child - poem to display.pdf

The Inquisitive Mind of a Child - poem to display.doc


The Inquisitive Mind Of A Child

 

Why are they selling poppies, Mummy,
Selling poppies in town today?
        The poppies, child, are flowers of love,
        For the men who marched away.

 
But why have they chosen a poppy, Mummy?
Why not a beautiful rose?
        Because, my child, men fought and died,
        In the fields where the poppies grow.


But why are the poppies so red, Mummy?
Why are the poppies so red?
        Red is the colour of blood, my child.
        The blood that our soldiers shed.


The heart of the poppy is black, Mummy.
Why does it have to be black?
        Black, my child, is the symbol of grief.
        For the men who never came back.


But why, Mummy, are you crying so?
Your tears are giving you pain.
        My tears are my fears for you, my child,
        For the world is forgetting again.

4.  Light candle, announce a one-minute silence, turn off room lights.

5.  After a minute, turn on room lights, blow out candle and return to class quietly.

Children may want to discuss what they have done when they are back in class, including what they have seen on the News recently.
War did not start or finish with the First or Second World Wars..





S. Daly 2000


Last updated 5-10-14.


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