For the past four years, there have been numerous exhibitions, talks, film screenings, plays, concerts and workshops taking place across the country, which will be rounded up by events taking place this Sunday.
These commemorative activities are a great way of helping pupils to reflect on their own lives and the lives of others, understand the impact of the First World War and learn some important skills. We’ve compiled a list of our favourite activities you can do with your class over the next few days to help them engage with centenary commemorations:
1. Discover family or local heritage
2. Lesson plans
Alternatively, this classroom resource enables students to look at letters from the war for themselves and reflect on the writers’ experiences of the war. This education pack from the British Council for pupils aged 9-14 focuses on the Christmas Truce of 1914 and includes information, discussion ideas and cross-curricular activities. This lesson plan from the UK Parliament website explores the causes of the war and the role of Parliament during Britain’s entry into WWI, encouraging students to develop skills in historical enquiry.
3. Interactive tools
5. Walter Hodgson's interactive memoir
Our app, Walter Hodgson: Voices from the Past, is a great way of showing pupils how individuals experienced the war. This interactive memoir of Walter Hodgson, a First World War soldier, uses a series of interviews to narrate one man’s experience of the war. As well as listening to Walter’s stories in the original recordings, pupils can explore artefacts, watch videos and try the history, English and citizenship activities. The app is available as part of MyLibrary or can be bought individually on Google Play or the App Store.
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