22nd November 2016
If your class are excitedly writing their ‘Letters Home’ Schools Competition entries remember to post us all of your pupils’ (hardcopy) letters/competition entries using our three-word freepost address below (which is case sensitive):
Freepost POPPYSCOTLAND EDUCATION
The deadline for all entries is Friday 2nd December 2016.
Information about our Schools ‘Letter’s Home’ Competition
“Please tell Dad that I got his parcel for which I am very thankful. I should be very pleased to have a cake and also a few matches. I wish to God this war was over, I still hope to come back alive.”
Letters Home is an opportunity for school-age children in Scotland to explore the power of words in conveying how conflicts affect the men and women involved in past, recent and current wars. It supports the question, “Why is it important to remember?”
Letters Home is a letter writing competition for school-age children in Scotland, divided into two age groups; P 4-7 and S 1-3. Stimulus for the competition comes from the fact that 2016 is the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme.
Pupils are asked to write a letter home as though they were a soldier fighting in the Battle of the Somme. Pupils will be encouraged to think about sharing their experiences, their feelings about the battle and describing the environment they are living in, as well as the impact their words will have on those receiving the letter.
The winning entry will be printed in the thousands and included in the national Poppyscotland education packs which are sent to every school in Scotland. In addition, the winner will receive a tablet and runners up will receive a National Book Token and a certificate.
Letters home to their loved ones provide us with a unique insight into what soldiers were thinking and experiencing during the First World War.
The wartime post was very effective at keeping servicemen in touch with home, with 12.5 million letters being sent to the front line every week. It made a big difference to their morale to both send and receive letters.
Letters were censored by officers to make sure no information was given to the enemy and often samples were given to the commanding officers so they knew what the men were thinking.
At the start of the war, soldier’s letters home would be passed onto local newspapers with extracts being published, so people at home got more of an idea what was happening overseas. However, often the men made light of their experiences so as not to worry their families.
You can download a full application pack and student entry form. This also has archive film footage, lesson plans and photos to help inspire your creativity. This will introduce the history of Poppyscotland and also help to explain the ideas of Remembrance and its relevance today.
The format of their entry is completely up to the pupils, but must follow some guidelines:
It’s more than just words….
Be creative, this competition is not just for use in English classes. Use it as a cross-curricular opportunity with Social Studies. An example of lesson plans for Primary and Secondary, linked to Curriculum for Excellence are available for download from the website.
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Please get in touch if you have any questions or ideas to discuss.
Learning & Volunteer Coordinator
0141 338 6586 firstname.lastname@example.org
Please post your entries to our freepost address (which is case sensitive): Freepost POPPYSCOTLAND EDUCATION
Friday 2nd of December 2016.
Winners will be announced by Friday April 7th 2017.