WWI Resources: Lesson 1

How did Pals battalions impact on communities across Britain during The First World War?

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WWI Resources: Lesson 1

Delivery idea

How did Pals battalions impact on communities across Britain during The First World War?

How to do it

Idea 1 - Set your students a task that requires them to use the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website to trace their family's connection to The First World War. You could create a worksheet to be completed to help focus their research.

Idea 2 - They could utilise the ides of discussed in the clip of rugby characteristics to design a propaganda poster to encourage sign up for The First World War from rugby players of the time. This should be accompanied with a written explanation of how the poster would encourage people to sign up and why they would respond to this.

Idea 3 - Flip learning approach to develop skills of pre-learning needed for Higher education. Watch and make notes on video 2 ready for next lesson.

When/ where to use it

This lesson plan and resources are designed to support the RFU's commemoration of The First World War

This lesson is recommended to be delivered with a History focus for students between 11-14 years of age. Ideally it would sit within a History, Humanities or PSHE lesson in the same year as the age group would be studying The First World War.

Skills / Level

  • Cause and consequence.
  • Identifying characteristics of soldiers and comparison with rugby players.
  • These lessons have not been directly linked to levels due to the move to the new GCSE 9-1 and the removal of NCV levels at Key Stage Three. Instead these have focused on key skills identified above and crucially the ability to identify, explain and compare which are skills that would benefit most secondary school subjects.

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