Ideas for the classroom and beyond

Have a look through these extensive resources designed to support your teaching in the classroom and beyond and choose the ones that you think will best help you.

Our interactive timeline is also designed for use with your students. It covers all the major events from all over the world from 1914 to 1919 and contains images and films which together provide a comprehensive picture of how the First World War unfolded.

Every headstone tells a story at Lijssenthoek

The Salient - a moving and evocative film

The Salient tells the stories of the First, Second and Third Battles of Ypres. This moving and evocative film is made available to schools through the generosity of the Gallifrey Foundation. Download the document to learn more about this film and how to access it.


The Western Front Association

The WFA is widely regarded as a first-class example of an historical interest group. In addition to the publication of two journals, Stand To! and Bulletin they organise many different events for both the public and for their members. Currently they have a special membership offer of 15 months for the price of 12 which is highly recommended!

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In Flanders Field Museum - education resources

In Flanders Field Museum is used by many teachers and school groups who visited Ypres and the former battlefields of the Ypres Salient. However, few can be aware of the wide range of resources and materials which are available from the education team at the museum.

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Find a partner school with Schoolmatcheasier

Schoolmatcheasier1418 is an online resource for schools interested in starting an international project and looking for a partner school. It could be a fantastic way to develop and share your Legacy110 project!

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Free apps for battlefield visitors

This feature looks at a number of free apps which could be useful to visitors to the battlefields and for use in the classroom.

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Ideas for Cross Curricular Learning

This document explains how participation in the First World War Centenary Battlefield Tours Programme impacts on teaching and learning in subjects across the curriculum.

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Lives of the First World War from IWM

The IWM's Lives of the First World War project is a fantastic opportunity for students to take part in a national commemorative project and undertake some genuine historical research and enquiry-based work in the classroom.

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Guidance for new GCSE specs 2016

Here we provide guidance on how the First World War Centenary Battlefield Tours Programme can enhance your teaching of the new GCSE history specifications, through our free CPD programme and battlefield tours.

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Learning Resources from the Imperial War Museums

The IWM has created some learning resources for teaching the First World War using items from their extensive collections. Read more to find out how to access.

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Peace Pledge Union FWW Education Resources

The Peace Pledge Union (PPU), the oldest secular pacifist organisation in the UK, has a wide range of educational resources on the First World War available to teachers.

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Faye Neave, one of our specialist leaders in First World War education describes how she used the story of the Staniland brothers, former students at her school in Boston, Lincolnshire, to add a local dimension to her teaching of the war.

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West India Committee - Caribbean's Great War

Resources and material from the West India Committee project looking at the Caribbean and the Great War. A free Education Pack and ebook are available.

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Teaching Resources from the Quakers

A number of free teaching resources from the Quakers, encouraging critical thinking and discussion on a range of First World War topics from the role of women to consciencious objection.

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Teaching material and resources from the British Army

The British Army, in partnership with the National Army Museum have created a range of resources and materials for use in the classroom.

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Annual Essay Competition from The Society of Army Historical Research

An annual essay compeition for Post-16 students from The Society for Army Historical Research. Entries need to be submitted by 15 February each year, with a first prize of £300.

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Somme100 Teacher Support Materials

A new resource to support Somme100 - the national commemorations of the centenary of the Battle of the Somme. This includes a short overview of the Battle of the Somme and a detailed timeline of the key events across the 141 days of the battle.

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Sikhs at War

'Sikhs at War' is a film and research project which explores the oft forgotten role of Indians who fought during the Great War.

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Forgotten Wrecks of the First World War

Resources and research material from Forgotten Wrecks, a First World War Centenary project from the Maritime Archaeology Trust.

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Mapping the First World War

The following document contains some ideas for using trench maps, including a resource originally developed by staff at Carshalton Boys Sports College.

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Football and the First World War

For information to help you study the impact of the First World War on football, from the players who fought, to statistics on the 1914/15 season and the wartime leagues, to the kits worn by the major teams of the time, visit the 'Football and the First World War' website.

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What really happened during the Christmas Truce 1914?

A wide range of resources for getting students to assess what really happened during the Christmas Truce in 1914 including suggestions for resource packs, video, letters and radio broadcasts. Originally produced in 2014.

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The impact of war on society and individuals

A scheme of lesson plans and assemblies have been developed by the Bible Society which asks students to consider 'why the world went to war' and ideas such as 'self-sacrifice'. These accompany 'Hear My Cry' which was published in 2014.

These resources can be used in Religious Studies, History, Citizenship or PSHE.

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Remembering the First World War: using a battlefield tour to help pupils take a more critical approach to what they encounter

In an article in the Historical Association’s journal Teaching History, Jerome Freeman explored the challenges of making battlefield tours historically rigorous.

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Myths, misrepresentations, and conflicting views of the First World War

Some aspects of the First World War continue to attract controversy. The causes of the war are the subject of fierce debate, and the popular view of the war as futile, muddy and led by incompetent generals has been robustly challenged by historians. Here are some handy links to online BBC articles.

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New online encyclopedia about the First World War

A new online encyclopedia dedicated to the First World War has recently been launched. Read more to find out how to access.

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Military History from the Street - Five Steps for Schools

This guide has been produced by Prof Richard Grayson, Professor of Twentieth Century History at Goldsmiths, University of London. It supports teachers working through the process of researching local soldiers in the First World War and is referred to in Richard's podcasts 'Research using War Diaries' which can be downloaded here.

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