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1418 Now logo14-18 – NOW, A LETER TO AN UNKNOWN SOLDIER is a letter writing opportunity, relating to WW1. Although it is intended for everyone, it may be great for older primary pupils and would make a good extension project offering a guaranteed audience!

“2014 is already proving to be a year jammed-full of WW1 commemoration, but for us, it is important to move away from cenotaphs, poppies, and the imagery we associate with war memorials.

Our project invites everyone to step back, take a few private moments to think, and make their own contribution. If you could say what you want to say about that war, with all we’ve learned since 1914, with all your own experience of life and death to hand, what would you say? If you were now able to write to the unknown soldier, a man who served and was killed during World War One, what would you write?”  

This is an opportunity for all pupils to get involved in learning about World War 1 in a slightly different way. Even if it is not a topic in school they are likely to hear lots from the news and TV, they may enjoy doing their own research too.  Letters can be submitted from now onwards and will be published on the site starting on 28 June – a hundred years after the beginning of Europe’s descent into war. The website will remain open until the night of 4 August, the centenary of the outbreak of war. Once the web display is over the British Library will archive all the letters in their collection. “(1418 NOW Website)

There are some practical tips to help writing your letter and some videos to help inspire you.