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WORLD WAR ONE - WWI teaching resources and activities - KS2 history topic

A pack of teaching resources covering different aspects of World War 1 - includes IWB lessons, and activities. It also includes an adaptable WWI lesson plan with suggestions for activities and web sites.

1 Britain before the war

Powerpoint looks at:

  • The monarchy and the British Empire
  • Women
  • Rich and poor
  • Houses and homes
  • Fashion
  • Travel and transport
  • Entertainment
  • School

Activity: Images of life before WWI

2 Causes of the war

Powerpoint looks at:

  • What is war?
  • What were the causes of the First World War?

Activity: Blank map of Europe to label the countries involved in WWI

3. World War I timeline

Powerpoint gives an overview of the main battles and events that occured in World War One.

Activity:  A blank timeline for the children to do further research for a display.

4. What was life like for soldiers in the First World War?

Powerpoint looks at:

  • The Western Front
  • Trenches and Trench Warfare
  • Trench Foot
  • Lice
  • Rats
  • Shell Shock
  • Food
  • Prisoners of war
  • Dogs
  • Hospitals
  • Remembrance Day

Activity: Excerpts from a book by C. Leroy Baldridge

5. The Armed Forces

Powerpoint briefly looks at the Royal Navy, the Army, and the Air Force during the war.

6. Life in Britain - The Home Front

The 50 page PowerPoint can be split into separate lessons:

  • Defence of the Realm Act
  • Women during the war
  • Life for children during the war
  • Recruitment and conscription
  • Food shortages
  • Air raids
  • Propaganda
  • Armistice Day

Plus an A4 heading and a 4 page title for display.

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