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The Last Post

The Last Post PDF

Overview

Last Post: The Postal Service in the First World War, a free learning resource for Key Stages 1, 2 and 3 from the British Postal Museum & Archive, sponsored by Royal Mail

 

Last Post: The Postal Service in the First World War reveals the fascinating human stories of the General Post Office (GPO) at War.

 

Did you know?

  • In the First World War letters took just two days to reach the Front Line
  • 12.5 million letters were sent to the Front Lines every week
  • 12,000 soldiers served in the General Post Office’s own regiment, the Post Office Rifles
  • 33,000 women stepped into postal jobs traditionally held by men

 

GPO in the First World War

During the First World War the GPO released more than 75,000 employees to fight, including 12,000 men who fought in its own regiment, the Post Office Rifles. In their absence the GPO became one of the largest employers of women when over 33,000 women stepped in to fill these positions.

The Post Office Rifles fought in many of the First World War’s major battles after arriving in France in March 1915. For their services members were awarded 145 decorations for gallantry, including one Victoria Cross and 27 battle honours. Four postal workers won the Victoria Cross during the course of the war but Sgt Alfred Knight, whose story of selflessness and bravery is explored in the learning resource, was the only Post Office Rifle.

 

During the conflict, the GPO controlled Britain’s domestic postal, telegraph and telephone services. Writing and receiving letters and parcels were a vital part of sustaining morale and overcoming the boredom of trench life. This meant that letters were written to and from the Front Line with great frequency. When war broke out, a purpose built sorting office was created in London’s Regent’s Park called the Home Depot to handle this increase in the volume of mail. At the height of the war it handled over 12.5 million letters a week. Every letter sent from Britain to the fighting fronts was sorted and censored here by over 2,500 workers, many of them women, and on average it only took two days for a letter from Britain to reach the Western Front.

 

The Learning Resource

In Last Post war time characters guide pupils through the different topics to tell these stories and many more. Using real archival documents, photographs, maps and museum objects they will discover how the postal service went to war. There are also over 100 fun and engaging cross-curricular activities to aid learning, including how to make a Morse code transmitter, how to send a secret message by pigeon post and how to search the Royal Mail war memorials database to learn about the impact of the war in your area.

 

The free resource includes:

  • lesson plans
  • teacher’s notes
  • PowerPoints for whiteboards
  • image galleries
  • over 100 activity ideas

 


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Teacher’s Post – Issue 36

Teacher's Post Magazine Cover for Issue 36

In this issue

  • Amy the artist
  • Sarah’s second Tough Mudder
  • Sunset Before the Storm
  • Great British Films feature on Special Stamps
  • World Book Day at Murston Junior School
  • Topics in Tudor History
  • Museum on Track

 

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Greeting Cards Activity Pack

Greeting Cards Activity Pack

Overview

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:

  • develop their knowledge and understanding
    of different faith groups and nationalities within their school community
  • write rhymes/greetings for a variety of purposes
  • handle data
  • develop their knowledge and understanding of money and measuring
  • develop an understanding of the importance of written social communication
  • use written communication to reinforce friendship and develop social skills
  • enjoy creativity, exploring, generating ideas, designing and making greeting cards 

 


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Greeting Cards Activity Pack

Greeting Cards Activity Pack

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Enterprise Skills Day Challenge

Overview

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.

 

Lead Lessons

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.

 

Teamworking

A practical activity to help pupils focus on working together and assigning roles.

 

Problem-solving

Learning how to approach problems and develop flexible thinking using different perspectives.

 

Grand Designs

Helping pupils select appropriate choices from a range of options and match audience and purpose.

 

All Change

A practical activity where pupils learn how to accept change and manage it effectively.

 

Route-ways

An activity to help students develop skills in comparing and evaluating different options.

 


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Enterprise Skills Pack – 1. Introduction – PDF

Royal Mail Enterprise Skills Day - 1

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Enterprise Skills Pack – 2. Main Enterprise Day - PDF

Royal Mail Enterprise Skills Day - 2

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Enterprise Skills Pack – 3. Main Enterprise Day - PDF

Resources

Royal Mail Enterprise Skills Day - 3

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Enterprise Skills Pack – 4. Lead Lessons - PDF

Royal Mail Enterprise Skills Day - 4

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Enterprise Skills Pack – 5. Lead Lessons Resources - PDF

Royal Mail Enterprise Skills Day - 5

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Enterprise Skills Pack – 6. Follow-up Activities - PDF

Royal Mail Enterprise Skills Day - 6

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Enterprise Skills Pack – 7. Follow-up Activities Resources - PDF

RMESD _7

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Enterprise Skills Pack – 8. Main Enterprise Day – PowerPoint

Royal Mail Enterprise Skills Day - 8

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Enterprise Skills Pack – 9. Lead Lessons – PowerPoint

Royal Mail Enterprise Skills Day - 9

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Enterprise Skills Pack – 10. Follow-up Lessons – PowerPoint

Royal Mail Enterprise Skills Day - 10

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Enterprise Skills Pack – All files in a ZIP

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Christmas Stamp Competition – 2013

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.

Christmas 1st - 2013 Christmas 2nd - 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.

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?’.

 

Resources

Website

http://www.royalmailstampcompetition.com