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Lesson plans

Child studying a war memorial © J Peach-Miles, 2012War Memorials Trust aims to educate young people about the importance of war memorials, both in the past and in the present day. With this knowledge young people, the future custodians of the UK’s war memorials, will be able to continue our work to protect and conserve war memorials and ensure they remain in our communities forever.

The Trust’s lesson plans have been written by our Learning Officer and tested in a range of schools throughout the UK. They cover a range of subjects and are fully linked to the National Curriculum.


Using the lesson plans

Please use the links on the left to access the lesson plans. Our topic planning gives an overview of how war memorials can be used to teach lessons in a range of subjects. Each lesson suggested in the topic plan is then expanded, with a detailed lesson plan and accompanying resources, in the numbered lesson plans. We have designed these plans to be flexible – you can use the entire unit or each lesson can be taught in isolation - and you can choose individual lessons to suit your school’s needs. Each lesson plan and PowerPoint is adaptable for you to add your own ideas and activities.

Further lessons about other war memorial related topics are also given and could be incorporated into this topic or taught in isolation.


"The children were enthused by what you had introduced to them and did not want to stop researching." Year 5 Class Teacher.


Other resources

Our helpsheets for teachers, online Gallery of war memorial images and our YouTube channel provide further support for these lessons.

We will soon be expanding the range of lessons we offer so please visit again. War Memorials Trust values feedback on our education resources and is grateful for any comments or suggestions for new resources. Please visit our feedback page to get in touch with us.

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