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- The Last Post
- Sophie Taylor from Issue 35
- Seaside stamps
- Action for Children
- New Charity Partner
- A Huge Thank You
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Royal Mail will issue a landmark series of Special Stamps each year from 2014 to 2018 to commemorate the Great War. The set will feature 30 stamps, with six being produced each year. The first set of stamps was issued in July this year. The public can register their interest in the stamps by visiting www.royalmail.com/firstworldwar
The stamp series has been designed to be as wide-ranging and inclusive as possible. It will feature a collection of subjects including the contribution of the armed services, the role of the Commonwealth Countries and non-combatants and women.
The stories of the War will be told through imagery including historic Memorials, artefacts that have become synonymous with the conflict, portraits of some of the participants, art showing some of the famous and moving scenes of the conflict, and newly-commissioned artworks of poppies – the symbol of Remembrance – from leading artists such as Fiona Strickland.
The 2014 set features the following:
Poppy- Original artwork by Fiona Strickland, the Scottish born and Edinburgh based leading botanical artist. She is a member of the Royal Society of Botanical Artists and considered among the leading contemporary botanical artists.
War Poetry– Lines from the poem, ‘For the Fallen’ by Lawrence Binyon. First published in The Times on 21 September 1914, ‘For the Fallen’ is the poet’s response to the first few weeks of the War. It is familiar through its recitation at Remembrance ceremonies in the UK, Australia, New Zealand and Canada. Binyon volunteered for hospital work in France during the War. Royal Mail commissioned a letter-cutter to engrave a section of the poem into stone. This was then photographed and the image used on the stamp.
War Art- ‘A Star Shell’’ by CRW Nevinson. The image is of a flare that illuminated no man’s land. Nevinson is widely regarded as one of the most important artists of the Great War, with paintings in the collection of Tate Britain and Imperial War Museums. The artwork is on display at Tate Britain.
Portrait- Private William Tickle, who enlisted on 7 September 1914, and served in the 9th Battallion, Essex Regiment. He was accepted despite being under age (15 on enlisting). He served until he was killed at the Battle of the Somme in 1916. This is one of thousands of photographs donated to the Imperial War Museum shortly after the war’s end in response to pleas to send images of those who had died.
Memorial – ‘The Response’, a bronze memorial by Welsh artist Sir William Goscombe John, represents the raising of several companies of the Northumberland Fusiliers and depicts the men joining up in 1914. The memorial is located in a public park in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne.
Artefact– Princess Mary Gift Box. In October 1914, the Christmas Gift Fund was launched by Princess Mary, the 17-year-old daughter of King George V and Queen Mary. The purpose was to provide everyone wearing the King’s uniform and serving overseas on Christmas Day 1914 with a ‘gift from the nation’. The result was the production of an embossed brass box, which contained a Christmas card and a picture of the Princess along with gifts. Servicemen at the front or at sea who were smokers received a pipe, an ounce of tobacco, cigarettes and a tinder lighter. Non-smokers received a packet of sweets and a writing case with pencil, paper and envelopes.
Royal Mail is an official First World War Centenary Partner with the Imperial War Museum.
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The following theme plans use greeting cards as the stimulus for a range of cross-curricular activities that have relevance for children aged 5 to 11 throughout England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Through participating in the activities children will have the opportunity to:
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The purpose of these materials is to raise awareness amongst students not only of the importance of enterprise education but also of the innate talents they already have in this increasingly important area of lifelong learning. Enterprise education is a key learning outcome of the statutory requirement to deliver work-related learning at KS4. The core capabilities of enterprise, financial, business and economic understanding are well illustrated by Royal Mail: an organisation that has had to respond to a changing world for longer than most. A passion for effective communication in all its forms underpins the organisation. For that reason this project encompasses a wide range of interrelated skills, from functional literacy to thinking and learning strategies essential to independent, risk-taking and enterprising attitudes.
These materials offer a flexible and adaptable package of support to those schools wishing to launch or extend their current provision for enterprise education. They may be used in a variety of ways and with students of KS3 to KS4.
The Lead Lessons are based around a series of awareness-raising exercises. They can all be used as preparation to the main day’s activities and should be selectively employed according to the perceived needs of the pupils.
A practical activity to help pupils focus on working together and assigning roles.
Learning how to approach problems and develop flexible thinking using different perspectives.
Helping pupils select appropriate choices from a range of options and match audience and purpose.
A practical activity where pupils learn how to accept change and manage it effectively.
An activity to help students develop skills in comparing and evaluating different options.
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This year, Royal Mail set children across the UK the very important task of designing Christmas stamps for 2013. The two winners were chosen and the designs by Molly Robson, aged 7, and Rosie Hargreaves will now feature on our First and Second Christmas stamps for 2013. Their fantastic designs were chosen from 240,000 entries and were selected by a panel of judges including His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales.
Check the website to see when the competition opens again for 2014.
Royal Mail has a rich heritage tracing backing to the days of Henry VIII, therefore this interactive Heritage Timeline has been produced so that you can explore the history of The Royal Mail from its humble beginnings up to present day.
Two versions of the timeline has been created depending on your PC and Internet connection.
As part of the celebrations of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, Royal Mail has painted more than 100 of its iconic and much-loved red post boxes gold to celebrate every Team GB and Paralympics GB gold medal won during the London 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games. The post boxes will remain permanently gold to mark the achievements of the athletes and the historic Games.
Can you locate a gold post box near you?
In 2013 Royal Mail set children across the UK the very important task of designing this year’s Christmas stamps.
The two winners have now been chosen and the designs by Molly Robson, aged 7, and Rosie Hargreaves will now feature on our First and Second Christmas stamps.
Their fantastic designs were chosen from 240,000 entries and were selected by a panel of judges including His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales.
We’ve also created a gallery to showcase the amazing pictures we received from children across the UK, aged 4-11 years-old, in response to the question ‘What does the Christmas season mean to you?’.
This resource gets student’s thinking about marketing activities that happen on a day to day level at Royal Mail and also the services that the Royal Mail offer. You can set your students an activity where they are required to create a new TV advert for Royal Mail’s postal service. The advert could be 30 seconds long and could be based around one of the following scenarios.
Alternatively you can create your own scenarios for students.
The aim is for students to: