Armed Forces Day 2021
Armed Forces Day is a chance to show your support for the men and women who make up the Armed Forces community: from currently serving troops to Service families, veterans and cadets.
SSCE Cymru would like to encourage education settings to carry out activities to celebrate and raise awareness of the Armed Forces and the unique experiences of Service children.
Here are some ideas for your school to consider celebrating Armed Forces Day in the lead up to 26th June.
Follow @ArmedForcesDay on Twitter and remember to post on social media using the hashtag #SaluteOurForces to share your activities and celebrations!
Celebrate your Service children’s experiences!
- Encourage Service children to get creative and write their own stories about being a Service child.
- Give Service children the opportunity to deliver a presentation about their experiences of being part of an Armed Forces family or share photos, to showcase their positive opportunities.
- Show videos of Service children in Wales sharing their experiences, available from SSCE Cymru.
- Run a discussion group with Service children to gain a better understanding of their experiences and identify ways the school can respond to their needs – you can use SSCE Cymru Tool 11.
- Run a story time using books about Service children’s experiences, the Armed Forces lifestyle, being a pupil in a new school or appreciating differences in one another. A series of six bilingual Little Troopers books can be requested for FREE from SSCECymru@wlga.gov.uk
- Encourage Service children to get creative and produce a piece of artwork that showcases their feelings about experiences of being part of an Armed Forces family.
- On a world map, pinpoint where Service children have lived or their parents have been posted.
- Make a Time Zone Wall, including a series of clocks to show the different time zones around the world where Service children have lived or their parents have been posted.
- Show videos of Service children in Wales learning Welsh, available from SSCE Cymru.
Engage with the Armed Forces community!
- Celebrate a pupil's family member who has previously served or is currently serving in the Armed Forces by asking children to share pictures and medals.
- Ask a current or former member of the Armed Forces (a parent, sibling or friend) to be a guest speaker and share their experiences.
- Send thank-you cards to a local Armed Forces base/unit/station, an Armed Forces charity or a nursing home or veterans’ community group.
- Invite the engagement team your local Armed Forces base/unit/station to deliver an activity (STEM or team-building) with pupils.
- Work with your Armed Forces contacts to produce a short film showing the life of soldier.
- Utilise the Armed Forces Day Learning Resources to explore the history of the Armed Forces.
- Use the Royal British Legion’s Remembrance Teaching Resources to “reflect on Service and sacrifice” and raise awareness of our nation’s history.
- Invite BLESMA to deliver a Making Generation R digital talk, to help develop “resilience through inspiration” to children and young people.
Get creative and celebrate Armed Forces Day!
- Use the Armed Forces Day Virtual Event Toolkit to organise an event during the week commencing 21st June.
- Print out and prepare some Armed Forces Day bunting, using the templates available, to hang in the school and classroom.
- Utilise the Armed Forces Day colouring-in sheets to produce colourful and exciting pieces of artwork to showcase in the school on a display.
- Ask pupils to say a few words of appreciation about the Armed Forces through writing poems, songs or writing letters.
- Join the national #SaluteOurForces by photographing staff and pupils saluting in support of the Armed Forces and post on social media using #SaluteOurForces.
- Create and record a role-played news programme explaining the value of the Armed Forces.
- Complete Armed Forces-themed activity sheets, puzzles and wordsearches, available from Little Troopers.
- Organise a Never Such Innocence digital workshop, to enable children and young people to reflect on war and conflict through creative activities.
- Participate in the Royal British Legion 100 competition in Wales, to celebrate their 100 year anniversary through a spoken word and art competition for children and young people.
- Show your support digitally by adding Armed Forces Day logos, banners and images on email signatures, Twitter banners and on the school website.
- Invite your Local Authority Armed Forces Champion to attend activities and celebration events during and in the lead up to Armed Forces Day.
For information, advice, contact details or support with any of the above ideas, contact the Regional School Liaison Officer for Service Children in your area.