World War I
Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world - Nelson Mandela
Who Do You Think They Were? is an educational resource that will enable your pupils to consider the impact of the Great War on the lives of three young soldiers who feature in this unique audio recording. They share candid revelations about their own experiences of joining the war effort, life in the trenches, the Battle of the Somme and post war and adapting to life back home.
These 5 lesson plans, [plus activity sheet & transcript] are key outputs from this lottery funded project and their primary focus is on the social history of the war rather than the politicians and the major battles. On each lesson plan we highlight sections of the audio recording which will stimulate classroom discussion and interactive learning. Use the attached transcript.
Designed primarily for KS 3 pupils will develop skills in journalism and genealogy with an emphasis on home study to improve their skills in these areas. They can be used in a cross curricular format or as an addition to a World War One history lesson. They can also be used as a stand alone project on World War One covering subjects such as History English ICT and Humanities.
Our resources are all provided free of charge and whilst they remain the intellectual property of Legasee Educational Trust we would be delighted if you would download print off photocopy and use in the way that best suits your learning and teaching styles.
A World War
Lesson Plan 1
World War One which began on 28th July 1914, it was a conflict never before seen on such a scale. 10 million were killed and 20 million wounded. It was a war that touched every nation and all aspects of society. It was a war with new military innovation such as machine guns and tanks. These innovations changed the nature of warfare but the people who fought were just like you or me.Download
Lesson Plan 2
One hundred years after the event it is increasingly hard to understand the impact World War I had on individuals. But even now there are people who have some memory of it’s impact on their own families. Many people in their eighties and nineties will recall stories from their own parents. Perhaps someone in your family has a story to tell. Is there a hero in your history?Download
Extra Sensory Perception
Lesson Plan 3
World War One created a style of warfare, never before experienced. It was known as Trench warfare and as technology came to the battle ground the combination meant huge numbers of troops - sometimes in their thousands – could be killed or badly injured within hours.Download
Lesson Plan 4
Life in the trenches was undoubtedly terrible but it wasn’t necessarily terrible all of the time. This activity is focused on the realities of war. The aim is to try and help your students think about the practicalities of survival in these trying conditions.Download
Write Your Own History
Lesson Plan 5
Remembrance Day means different things to different people. For some it could be to remember a friend or relative who has died as a result of an armed conflict. For others it is about remembering the sacrifices that were made. But for many, it is the ultimate hope to achieve an ongoing peace in our time.Download