Hampshire Commemorates


School children dressed in wartime clothing

For the upcoming commemorations we want there to be educational objectives beyond just remembrance and commemoration, and for activities to engage children in high-quality historical enquiry. To assist with this, a series of packs will be available for sale from the History Centre from early 2014

Schools are also encouraged to work across subject areas to ensure a strong experience, which will contribute to children’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. Links with literacy can be made through careful selection of novels, picture books and poetry, there will be possibilities through art and drama (including Rock Challenge) and even science and mathematics links.

If your school has children who are currently from serving forces families, additional support and advice will be offered.

Find out more

  • A series of briefing notes will be sent directly to your schools from October 2013 and throughout 2014. These will give you further information, advice and opportunities for learning outside the classroom.

  • Hampshire Archives & Local Studies can offer support to schools wishing to undertake a local study as part of the commemorations, for example to investigate the role of their community in the war or the impact on their school. Contact Archives and Local Studies to find out more.

  • The World War One Toolbox provides resources for Key Stages 1-4, to help schools in the South East plan a history or cross-curricular project about the First World War and its impacts.

  • The First World War Centenary Battlefield Tours Project is a national initiative funded by Government to provide the opportunity for a minimum of two pupils and one teacher from every state funded secondary school in England to visit battlefields on the Western Front from 2014-19. Find out more and register your school’s interest.

  • The First World War Centenary Partnership is a network of over 1,400 local, regional, national and international cultural and educational organisations led by the Imperial War Museums. The partnership is open to non-commercial organisations with an interest in Centenary activity, including schools. When you join up to the partnership you’ll have access to the Centenary logo and many other resources including a DIY Exhibition, photographs and specially commissioned timelines.

  • Heritage Explorer has over 8,000 images in a searchable database that are free for teachers to use in schools. It includes many images of war memorials, and some images of soldiers. The website also has teaching activities and ready made smartboard presentations.

Rock Challenge

Rock Challenge

In 2014, the Hampshire Commemorates programme will be offering a unique opportunity for schools to engage in the commemoration of the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War and the 70th Anniversary of D-Day, through the Rock Challenge performing arts initiative.

Rock Challenge is a global initiative giving schools the opportunity to take part in a professional event, with the main aim of encouraging participants to have fun while enjoying a 100% drug-free, alcohol-free and smoke-free experience. Each team creates a 5 to 8 minute dance-drama-based performance on a theme of their choice. They can create whatever set, props, costumes, hair and make-up, lighting, choreography, drama, and soundtrack that they wish for their theme.

Teams from primary and secondary schools in Hampshire choosing a war themed performance in 2014 will get the opportunity to be considered for a special Hampshire Commemorates Award and a contribution towards funding for their sets, props, costumes etc.

How to get involved

Apply to the Rock Challenge in the usual way, tell them you will be doing a war themed performance and we will get in touch with further information.