BBC Assembly Packs

These assembly packs, on the themes of remembrance, commemoration and peace, aim to help students reflect on the centenary of World War One. They suggest ways in which students can assess the impact of the war on history and also explore how remembrance, commemoration and peace have become part of national life in the UK and other countries.

Each theme includes a downloadable assembly script for teachers, along with classroom ideas and suggestions for further research. There are media resources too, including image galleries, video clips and audio clips.

Resource Intentions
  1. To help aid pupils reflect on the centenary of World War One and explore how remembrance, commemoration and peace have become a part of national life in the UK.

Areas of Learning

Environment and Society

History

Objective 1: Developing pupils as Individuals

Explore how history has affected their personal identity, culture and lifestyle.
(Personal Understanding)

Investigate individuals who are considered to have taken a significant moral stand and examine their motivation and legacy.
(Moral Character)

Explore issues related to Spiritual Awareness.
(Spiritual Awareness)

Objective 2: Developing pupils as Contributors to Society

Investigate the impact of significant events/ideas of the 20th century on the world.
(Cultural Understanding)

Investigate critical issues in history or historical figures who have behaved ethically or unethically.
(Ethical Awareness)

Learning for Life & Work

Local and Global Citizenship

Diversity and Inclusion

Investigate ways in which individuals and groups express their identity.

Investigate how and why conflict, including prejudice, stereotyping, sectarianism and racism may arise in the community.

Investigate ways of managing conflict and promoting community relations, reconciliation.

Human Rights and Social Responsibility

Investigate key human rights principles.

Language and Literacy

English with Media Education

Objective 1: Developing pupils as Individuals

Engage, through language, with their peers and with fictional and real-life characters and situations, to explore their own emotions and develop creative potential.
(Personal Understanding)

Explore and respond to others’ emotions as encountered in literature, the media, moving image and peer discussion.
(Mutual Understanding)

Develop the ability to use language (including body language) effectively in communicating with and relating to others.
(Mutual Understanding)

Explore the use of language and imagery in conveying and evoking a variety of powerful feelings.
(Spiritual Awareness)

Objective 2: Developing pupils as Contributors to Society

Use literature, drama, poetry or the moving image to explore others’ needs and rights.
(Citizenship)

Explore the power of a range of communication techniques to inform, entertain, influence and persuade.
(Media Awareness)

Irish with Media Education

Objective 1: Developing pupils as Individuals

Engage, through language, with their peers and with fictional and real-life characters and situations, to explore their own emotions and develop creative potential.
(Personal Understanding)

Explore and respond to others’ emotions as encountered in literature, the media, moving image and peer discussion.
(Mutual Understanding)

Develop an understanding of the power of languages (including bi-lingualism and body language) to communicate and empathise with others.
(Mutual Understanding)

Explore the use of language and imagery in conveying and evoking a variety of powerful feelings.
(Spiritual Awareness)

Objective 2: Developing pupils as Contributors to Society

Use literature, drama, poetry or the moving image to explore others’ needs and rights.
(Citizenship)

Explore the power of a range of communication techniques to inform, entertain, influence and persuade.
(Media Awareness)

The Arts

Art & Design

Objective 2: Developing pupils as Contributors to Society

Make an informed and critical response to a social/environmental issue.
(Citizenship)

Explore the diversity of various cultures that are expressed through Art & Design.
(Cultural Understanding)

Cross Curricular Learning

Using ICT

The downloadable interactive PDF links to a number of digital assets including websites, images, videos and audio to engage pupils around the themes of reconciliation, commemoration and peace. Interacting with the digital assets and activities will help to improve pupils’ researching skills, critical analysis skills, understanding and experience as well as promoting creative thinking and discussion.

The resources could inspire tasks that would support experiences in Desktop Publishing, Presentation, Researching, Working with Moving Images and Working with Images.

Communication

The topics and activities within the assembly pack provide pupils with the opportunity to develop their talking and listening, and reading and writing skills through independent learning and shared experience.

Opportunities to develop Thinking Skills and Personal Capabilities

Using the content pupils can analyse patterns and relationships in the information with which they have been provided. They also have the opportunity to investigate and discuss the historical perspectives of meaning, ideas and attitudes relevant to the period.

As they learn about the issues and ideas of the time, students are encouraged to understand and manage not only the information available to them but also their emotions and reactions.

Providing students with the means to research new information and ideas allows them scope to take the initiative and make choices as they steer their own course through the learning.

In partnership with The Nerve Centre