Ahead of Holocaust Memorial Day 2019 on 27 January, HMDT Education Officer Alex Murphy shares five ways your school can get involved and mark the day.
Every January, hundreds of schools across the UK mark Holocaust Memorial Day with a range of activities, including displays, assemblies, lessons, talks, trips, performances, concerts, art projects, community events, candle lightings, tree plantings, and many other creative ideas.
If you would like to mark the day with your students, but don’t have any plans yet, it is not too late! Here are five ideas that you can implement quickly and easily in the classroom:
1. Put up a display
You can order or download a free poster pack here. More images, poems and life stories of real people’s experiences are also available in our resources hub. If you have a bit more time, your students could create their own display based on a life story they have read, or write their own poems.
2. Light a candle
Lighting candles or laying stones are traditional ways of remembering those who were murdered, and reflecting on the messages of the day. This could be combined with poetry readings, prayers, songs or a film screening. Visit our resources hub to find materials.
3. Hold an assembly
HMDT provides assembly scripts and presentations that can be delivered as provided, or added to with student contributions or performances. Different assemblies are provided for primary and secondary schools, and are suitable for all year groups from Key Stage 2 (or equivalent) and above. Download these here.
4. Take part in the Postcard Project
The Postcard Project for Holocaust Memorial Day 2019 explores the theme: Torn from home. Students will learn the life stories of survivors who were forced to flee their homes during the Holocaust and the Genocide in Cambodia, and write a message to them. Full lesson plans are provided for primary and secondary level. By letting us know you have taken part, your class will receive a reply message from these survivors.
5. Devote Tutor Times to HMD for the week
Struggling to find curriculum time to mark the day? We have provided a bundle of five interactive activities that can be delivered in Tutor Times, to give students an introduction to the genocides marked on Holocaust Memorial Day through discussing images, quotes and video clips.