SCHOOL PLAYING FIELDS
PEACE VILLAGE AND FLANDERS PEACE FIELDS
National Children’s Football Alliance and the Peace Village, Mesen, Belgium, are commemorating WW1 and celebrating peace through the 1914 Christmas Truce by offering schools, clubs and public play areas with the opportunity to twin a designated area of play with Flanders Peace Fields, site of the Christmas Truce. This is open to all schools, clubs and public play areas across United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland.
This unique offer will directly link your area of play with one of the most famous fields in world history. Flanders Peace Fields lend themselves to education in a way that brings cultures, young and old together. Click here for the 3 key steps in how to apply for your Peace Field Declaration.
In the week leading up to Christmas 1914 groups of German, British and alley soldiers stopped fighting to sing festive songs. Some on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day ventured in to “No man’s land” to exchange gifts and to play games of football.
Today the truce is remembered as a symbolic moment of peace and humanity. An action taken by soldiers caught up in the conflict that was The First World War. Arguably, the horrors of war made men turn to a form of childhood to play a game of football to momentarily forget their tragic situation. It was a humanitarian act that every child and adult needs to engage in together.
Hosted by South East Grid for Learning & National Children’s Football Alliance
Kent & Medway Schools’ 1914 Christmas Truce Project
The Kent Schools’ 1914 Christmas Truce will take place across Kent & Medway during the week of the 24th – 28th November 2014. It is an opportunity for schools and their pupils to:
- Research and find out if soldiers from their local area took part in this special event
- Plan a 1914 Christmas Truce Assembly
- Write and publish poems, postcards and Christmas Greeting cards like the soldiers in the trenches did in 1914
- Design and create 2 and 3D Artwork to depict life in the Trenches
- Dedicate a part of your school grounds as a “Peace Field” in memory of the events of 1914
- Participate in friendly sports games with other schools
- Participate in on-line question and answer sessions with local historians about the symbolic importance today of The 1914 Christmas Truce
How can my school take part?
Schools can opt to take part in some or all the cross-curricular activities designed for Key Stages 1 and 2 pupils. To outline the programme a workshop day for teachers at The EIS Centre, Oxford Road, Maidstone from 13:30 to 16:30 on Thursday 19th June 2014
All schools attending the Workshop will be given a 1914 Christmas Truce pack and be invited to take part in the planned activities taking place during the week of.
To attend please sign and return the slip below by Friday 13th June 1914.The cost to attend this workshop is £70.
For more information please contact:
Phil Bracegirdle (SEGfL Associates) E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org