Key Stage 1

Shot at Dawn

Visitors are advised that the Shot at Dawn Memorial will close to the public on Monday 6 May. The memorial will undergo restoration and will be closed for approximately six weeks whilst these works take place. Free Shot at Dawn Talks will continue to take place daily at 12.30pm and 1.30pm in the Millennium Chapel, please ask at the Welcome Desk for more information. Visit our Shot at Dawn Restoration Appeal to find out more and donate.

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Using our inspiring landscape as inspiration for a series of workshops and activities, we support various curriculum-based objectives through our fully inclusive learning programme.


Our Key Stage 1 offer has a range of engaging activities that have been designed to suit the needs of your school. They are appropriate for the age and ability of students lasting from 30 minutes through to a full day. All programmes connect with students and give them the opportunity to explore Remembrance from a young age. 

See below for more information on: Medal Explorer Day, Act of Remembrance, Guided Tours, Poppy Activity and Self Led Visits. 

Medal Explorer Day

This activity ensures that students learn about the symbolism behind a variety of medals, not just military but ones they might find in civilian life too. Discussion work and the sharing of thoughts and ideas, alongside themes of British values and public service, run throughout. The activity culminates in students designing their own medals to present to someone who has had a positive effect on their lives.


£180 per 25 participants

Book Your Explorer Day
School children on a guided tour

Guided Tour

Our interactive guided tours are led by specially trained Learning Guides who are adept at engaging with our younger visitors. They encompass several emotive and symbolic memorials from civilian groups as well as military associations. Our guided tours can be tailored to your group, please specify areas of interest on your booking form. 


£100 per 25 participants

Book Your Guided Tour

Poppy Activity

This is a thought-provoking interactive session that allows participants to develop an understanding of the historic and symbolic significance of the poppy, whilst promoting British Values and respect when learning about Remembrance.


£60 per 25 participants

Book Your Poppy Activity
School Children participating in an Act of Remembrance

Act of Remembrance

Using makaton signs and simple sentences this activity enables children to consider who, why and when we remember. We use a simple reading to accompany this activity but groups may personalise the act with their own readings, poems and songs if they wish.


£50 per 25 participants

Book Your Act of Remembrance

Self-Led Visits

Groups are welcome to visit the site and deliver their own activities. Visits can include self-led tours of the Arboretum and exploration of our free exhibitions, including Landscapes of Life.


We kindly request that anyone wishing to do a self-led visit still informs us of their arrival beforehand, by booking your coach in using the booking form below. 


Please also use our self-led pack to help you plan your day and ensure that your students get the most out of their visit.

Learning Groups Self Led pack Learning 23-24 booking form

Learning Booking Terms and Conditions

Terms and Conditions
School Children on a trip at the National Memorial Arboretum