With over 360 schools and 120,000 pupils now signed up to take part, this year’s Red, White and Blue Day is going to be the biggest ever. The day will feature a brand new lesson plan and accompanying film that explores the wartime rations for soldiers on the frontlines from the First World War to the present day.

Red, White and Blue Day is a national schools campaign run annually by the three national Service charities. It’s an opportunity to highlight the work of the Armed Forces and raise money for ABF The Soldiers’ Charity, the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund, and The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity.

The film features author and military historian Andrew Robertshaw, who taught pupils at Rendcomb College in Gloucestershire about the ration packs from both the First and Second World Wars. The lesson plans will teach all those taking part in this year’s day about the culinary ‘delights’ the soldiers could look forward to and how going to war on your stomach wasn’t always an appealing prospect. Rendcomb College is a long term supporter of RWBDay and two of its pupils will feature in the lesson plan film.

Patty Wallis, from Red, White and Blue Day comments: "The response from schools signing up for this year's day has been fantastic. The lesson plans and film will give the pupils a very interactive and enjoyable day, even if the food may leave a lot to be desired. It’s a fantastic way to teach more pupils than ever about the difficulties faced by service men and women and their families on the home front."

The lesson plans and film will be available after 4 August but schools will need to register to receive a copy. More information on how to sign up, including a Welcome Pack with ideas for the day, can be found at www.redwhiteblueday.co.uk