What is Remembrance Day? Comprehension

Last updated: 15/11/2023
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What is Remembrance Day? Comprehension
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A reading comprehension task about Remembrance Day for years 5 and 6. 

The text explores the origins of Remembrance Day and looks at the customs associated with Remembrance Day and Remembrance Sunday, including the wearing of poppies, the playing of 'The Last Post' and the service at The Cenotaph.

The resource features two differentiated texts and three sets of questions and answers. It's suitable for years 5 and 6.

If you're teaching years 3 or 4, try our Remembrance Day reading comprehension. You may also like our other Remembrance Day resources.

An extract from the resource:

After World War 1 ended, thousands of beautiful poppies grew on the battlefields in France and Belgium. They are now symbols of the horror of war. The black centre of the poppy symbolises the deaths of millions of soldiers and the red represents the blood that was shed. As Remembrance Day and Remembrance Sunday approach each year, many people buy small paper poppies to show that they remember the sacrifices of those who died. Some of the money raised from the sale of poppies goes to charities that aim to help to improve the lives of wounded members of the armed forces and their families. The first poppies were worn in 1921 as a symbol of remembrance of the soldiers who died. Poppies are now so linked with Remembrance Day that some people call it ‘Poppy Day’.

Give three reasons why people wear poppies on Remembrance Day. 

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