Poppy Places and Spaces is an opportunity for school-age children in Scotland to explore the power of design as part of remembrance and reflection. It supports the question, “Why is it important to remember?”
Poppy Places and Spaces is a design competition divided into two age groups; P4-P7 and S1-S3. Stimulus for the competition comes from the fact that 2018 is the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World Poppy War.
The closing date is Friday, 8th December 2017. You can find more information about our 2017 competition below.
Poppy Places and Spaces Competition Information
Poppy Places and Spaces is an opportunity for you to explore the power of design as part of remembrance and reflection. It supports the question, “Why is it important to remember?”
Poppy Places and Spaces is a design competition for school-age children in Scotland, divided into two age groups; P4-P7 and S1-S3. Stimulus for the competition comes from the fact that 2018 is the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War.
What do we have to do? We want you to design a Poppy Place and Space – an area for remembrance and reflection to commemorate 100 years since the end of the First World War in 2018. Designs can be produced by hand, by computer or using appropriate mixed media. Pupils are asked to be as creative as possible.
This could be an outdoor or indoor space.
You should work together to submit an entry as a class.
Pupils are encouraged to think creatively. In addition to the design, each entry should include a moodboard and rationale for the Poppy Place and Space which explains the ideas that shaped the content, and its relevance to the school or local area. This should be no more than 500 words in length. The rationale should also describe how the Poppy Place and Space will be used, and how it could stimulate remembrance and reflection. It could be a quiet place for contemplation, a communal area where people can meet, or perhaps both. Designs can incorporate lighting, garden areas, planters, murals, or similar.
There will be one overall winner picked from a public vote of a shortlist of three Primary School age category (P4-P7) and three in the Secondary School age category (S1-S3). The overall winner will have the opportunity to build their Poppy Place or Space. This will be limited to a maximum cost budget of £1000. Runners-up will receive a prize.
Following the Armistice in 1918 communities across Scotland began to discuss ways to commemorate those who had lost their lives in the First World War. Some preferred a functional building with a specific purpose (e.g. a memorial hall), while others favoured a more conventional memorial. In either case the resultant structures were places for remembrance and reflection.
The following definitions may help inform class discussion.
Remembrance is living, changing and part of everyday life. It comforts those left behind and pays respect to what is past. Remembrance can be personal or shared. When it is shared, it often goes hand in hand with commemoration and memorialisation.
Commemoration is usually an event or tradition linked to remembrance. Commemorative traditions, such as the Two Minutes Silence on 11 November, alow communities space and time to reflect.
Memorialisation is about creating a monument or marker in a significant place. Memorials can help communities identify, share and pass on moments in their history. They can also be used in a practical way, such as memorial halls or park.
In recent years new memorials have appeared to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War. Poppy Places and Spaces is an opportunity for school-age children to explore the power of design as part of remembrance and reflection.
You can download an entry form from our website. www.poppyscotland.org.uk/learning. This offers a wealth of engaging, downloadable, learning resources, including lesson plans, assemblies, films and images developed in conjunction with Education Scotland, Lady Haig’s Poppy Factory and Legion Scotland, that highlight the importance of remembrance, veterans, and the poppy.
The format of their entry is completely up to the pupils, but must follow some guidelines:
- Email entries cannot be accepted due to the nature of the competition.
- Entries must be the pupils’ original work. Entries which copy or plagiarise other people’s content will be disqualified.
- All entries should be submitted with a completed copy of the original entry form on the official entry form.
- We cannot return the entries to the school, so take a copy of entries if you would like a record.
- We only need one entry form per class/school/youth group.
- Clearly indicate the category and school/group on the reverse of any additional material (Poppy Places and Spaces design, rationale and moodboard).
- Please post your entries to our freepost address (which is case sensitive): Freepost POPPYSCOTLAND EDUCATION
There are two categories – Primary (P4-P7) and Secondary (S1-S3). Entries from each category will be shortlisted by a panel of judges and put on the Poppyscotland learning website for the favourite to be chosen by the public as the overall winner.
We are here to help
Please get in touch if you have any questions or ideas to discuss.
0141 338 6587 firstname.lastname@example.org
The closing date for entries is Friday, 8th December 2017.
Winners will be announced by Friday, 20th April 2018.
Poppy Places and Spaces Suggested Resources
In preparing for the competition pupils are encouraged to visit local memorials, gardens of remembrance, parks and other relevant sites. They should consider the space, design and purpose, and reflect on how successfully these locations achieve their objectives. Pupils should try to think differently and creatively, and this approach should be reflected in competition entries.
Poppyscotland’s comprehensive learning resources that highlight the importance of remembrance, veterans and the poppy, will offer further inspiration. www.poppyscotland.org.uk/learning
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
National Memorial Arboretum
The Royal British Legion
Scottish National War Museum
Lady Haig’s Poppy Factory
War Memorials Trust
Scottish War Memorials Project