Term 2 Topic
Inspired by our Book - Private Peaceful by Michael Morpurgo -The Sun sets on the battlefields of France and a solitary bugle sounds theLast Post.
This half term, we’ll start by visiting the Royal & Derngate Theatre to watch a performance of Private Peaceful to then be followed up with a workshop run by the theatre staff where we will look at the Wilfred Owen poem Dulce et decorum best and build trenches whilst listening to a soundtrack of a battle. What would they have felt and what can we learn about the First World War? Using inspiring illustrations, we’ll write diary entries from the perspectives of characters affected by the war. Our research skills will help us to find out which countries were the Central Powers, which were the Allied Powers and which were neutral. We’ll order significant events and decide who were the most influential figures of the First World War. After researching devastating battles, we’ll write short stories from the viewpoints of British soldiers. We’ll read wartime poetry and examine artwork to pick out evocative imagery and thought-provoking themes. We’ll also analyse wartime propaganda and reflect on the significance of poppies.
Help your child prepare for their project
This project will explore the emotive, fascinating subject of the First World War. Why not read a novel set during this period? You could also visit a local museum to research the impact of the First World War in your area. Alternatively, visit a churchyard to see if you can find any Commonwealth war graves.
What will you choose to do at home?
Find out when poppy-wearing began. Explain to a parent or carer why the poppy was chosen as the symbol of remembrance.
Make a scrapbook to present information about famous figures of the war including people such as Wilfred Owen, Walter Tull, Edith Cavell and Sergeant Stubby.
Watch footage of the annual Remembrance Day service held at the Cenotaph in London. Describe how it makes you feel. Write a prayer or reflective poem that could be said at the service.
Find out about the Women’s Land Army. Who were they and what did they do? Make a fact file to record the information you find.
Write a book review of the novelPrivate Peacefulby Michael Morpurgo. Share your views and opinions on the book with others in your class.
Design a war memorial and make it in 3-D. Consider where you would place it in your local area.
First World War
A BBC site dedicated to the First World War.
A multimedia history of the First World War.
The National Archives collection of records from the First World War.
The Imperial War Museum’s images of the First World War.
The British Legion reflection and remembrance.
Information on specific events leading up to and during the First World War.
A series of primary sources written by soldiers during the First World War.
A YouTube animation of life in the trenches for Allied soldiers.
Help for researchers from the British Library.