Teaching the First World War
Commemorate the First World War centenary by learning about the causes of war, life in the trenches and recruitment propaganda or through exploring the poetry of Wilfred Owen and novels by Michael Morpurgo, such as War Horse and Private Peaceful.
Teaching the First World War
The First World War in the classroom
How do we bring the First World War back to life in the classroom?
The first casualty: Truth
We must abandon the myths and teach the First World War as it really was.
The TES podcast: First World War special
Listen to academics and teachers discussing the First World War.
Oxford University: Digital war archive
Make use of a wealth of digital material to teach about the conflict.
Teachers TV: Critical analysis
Help your students to use inference skills to make sense of sources.
First World War SEN booklet
Make learning about the First World War accessible to all students.
Remembrance Day assembly
A tribute to the fallen with accompanying music.
What is a hero?
Consider what makes a hero and why we remember.
Black and Asian soldiers: First World War
Acknowledge the diversity of those who fought in the First World War.
Remembrance Day slideshow
Prompt discussion about the conflict with this slideshow of images.
BBC Learning: Secondary assembly pack
Everything you need to lead a remembrance assembly.
In Flanders Fields lesson
Remember the First World War through poetry.
Causes of the First World War
BBC Learning: The path to war
This video is the perfect introduction to the causes of the First World War.
Causes of the First World War (KS3)
Learn the causes of the First World War with the help of a mnemonic.
Causes of the First World War (KS4)
A series of lessons about the causes of the Great War.
Long term causes of the First World War
This card sort activity helps students make sense of the events that lead to war.
What were the M.A.I.N causes of war?
A worksheet designed for low-ability students who need additional support.
Causes of the First World War quiz
Students can test one another in this quick quiz on the causes of war.
Revision booklet: Origins of war
An extensive revision booklet about how the First World War began.
Active revision: First World War causes
Get students up and moving in this active timeline activity.
Causes of the First World War booklet
Step-by-step revision of the causes of the First World War.
Events of the First World War
Key events of the First World War
Detailed breakdown of key events of the First World War along with images.
From Schlieffen Plan to stalemate
A board game in which students try to avoid stalemate.
Explore what happened at Gallipoli with this presentation and fact sheet.
The Battle of The Somme
This presentation covers the events of the Battle of the Somme to help build students' knowledge.
The Somme: Bloodbath or necessity?
Consider different interpretations of the Battle of the Somme.
Haig on trial: Haig at the Hague
Is it fair to call General Haig “the butcher of The Somme”?
Life in the trenches
Imperial War Museum: Life in the trenches
A video to help students understand what life was like in the trenches.
Kinaesthetic lesson on WWI trenches
Get students moving around the room as they explore sources about the trenches.
What was trench warfare?
An interactive task in which students exchange knowledge about the trenches.
Conditions in the trenches
What were trench conditions like for soldiers in the First World War?
Oxford University: War medicine
Find out about medical developments of the First World War.
First World War censorship
This lesson examines how letters were censored during the First World War.
Weapons and technology
The tank: Decisive weapon?
Investigate the development and impact of the first tanks.
The chemist's war
Consider what made gas such a powerful weapon.
Aircraft in the First World War
What role did aircraft have to play in the First World War?
Gas and artillery
Examine what made artillery and gas such deadly weapons.
War at sea
Understand why the British navy was so vital to the war effort.
Weapons of the First World War
Challenge students to write Dragon’s Den pitches for First World War weapons.
The home front
Recruitment depth study
How were people persuaded to join the army in the First World War?
Imperial War Museum: Recruitment
This video displays a range of posters used to persuade people to enlist.
First World War Recruitment
Analyse the effectiveness of wartime propaganda.
Help students to understand propaganda through creating their own posters.
Why did some people object during the First World War?
Conscription and objection
Find out about conscientious objectors and the reasoning behind their beliefs.
Attitudes to the War
How did the general public really feel about the outbreak of war?
Women at work in wartime
Consider the role that women played in the war effort.
The impact of war on the suffragettes
Did the First World War help women to get the vote?
Peace and the Treaty of Versailles
The Treaty of Versailles
Help students to empathise with representatives at the Paris Peace Conference.
Treaty of Versailles source analysis
Improve inference skills with this source-based activity.
Treaty of Versailles higher/lower ability
Encourage students of all abilities to think about the terms of the Treaty.
BBC Class Clips: The Treaty of Versailles
A video summary of the main clauses in the Treaty of Versailles.
Why did the Allies win the War?
Investigate the factors that contributed to an Allied victory.
Why did Germany surrender?
A group activity to explore what made Germany surrender.
Conflict poetry scheme of work
This six-week scheme links war-poetry to modern conflict.
Resources by teacherontherun
A selection of video tutorials covering various poems from the First World War.
War poetry (Owen/Pope)
This scheme of work focusses on the poetry of Wilfred Owen and Jessie Pope.
First World War poetry book
Poems, activities and images have been combined in this excellent work book.
Poets of the First World War
Biographical information about some of the key poets of the First World War.
A detailed support to students in analysing Rupert Brooke’s poem.
Anthem For Doomed Youth
Explore what makes Wilfred Owen’s poetry so powerful.
Dulce et Decorum Est by Wilfred Owen
Consider the language and context of this iconic poem.
Spoken Verse: Aftermath
Listen to a reading of Siegfried Sassoon's poem accompanied by an image slideshow.
Fiction and drama
Private Peaceful scheme
Explore the writer’s craft and the historical context of Michael Morpurgo’s novel.
Private Peaceful resources: Part 1
The first part of a detailed scheme of work, complete with all resources.
Private Peaceful resources: Part 2
Continue to study Private Peaceful with the second part of this scheme.
War Horse presentations
A collection of resources for teaching this novel by Michael Morpurgo.
War Horse the play
A series of lessons based around the stage adaptation of War Horse.
The National Theatre: Writing War Horse
Michael Morpurgo talks about the inspiration behind War Horse.
Birdsong introduction lesson
Introduce your students to the work of Sebastian Faulks.
TES English: Regeneration
Contextual and historical information for teaching Pat Barker’s novel.
Regeneration and masculinity
Explore the theme of masculinity in Regeneration.