First World War centenary: marking 100 years since the Armistice

Teach the First World War at Key Stage 2 with our new and updated, fully resourced project, Fallen Fields, available to download for FREE.

This year we mark the centenary of the end of the First World War. On Sunday 11th November 2018, people around the Commonwealth will be reflecting on the lives that were irrevocably changed, and those that were lost. Although the study of the ‘Great War’ is not a history ‘topic’ specified in the national curriculum at KS2, with this special anniversary and many events taking place around the UK, it makes sense that we should teach its significance to children.

Fallen Fields project

Our special history project, Fallen Fields, is designed to teach children key knowledge about the First World War and comes with a wealth of time-saving resources. Appropriate for children in Years 5 and 6, this project provides a series of pre-planned lessons across a range of subjects. Designed to be taught over two to three weeks, the project includes a fundraising activity that the children plan to coincide with Armistice Day, raising money for The Royal British Legion.

Lesson resources

The project comes with a full set of bespoke and stunningly designed lesson resources, including original illustrations and examples of first-hand evidence, to help bring the subject to life. We’ve also included a First World War knowledge organiser that children can read before starting the project and an end of project quiz.

FREE First World War project and resources
If you would like to study this crucial period of British history with your class, then download our FREE First World War project, Fallen Fields. This time-saving project for Years 5 and 6 is fully resourced and ready to teach. Existing Cornerstones Curriculum customers can access Fallen Fields via The Hub as part of their Curriculum Licence.

Private Peaceful

As part of Fallen Fields, we recommend the story Private Peaceful, by Michael Morpurgo. Told through the eyes of Tommo Peaceful, the story tells us about a young man’s experiences during the First World War. From the nonchalant attitude of the war during basic training to the full-blown horrors of the battlefields of the Western Front, Private Peaceful tackles the themes of family, death, justice, love and remembrance, telling the story of family life during this terrible time and the different effects that the war had on people. Private Peaceful is available to purchase as part of our Love to Read scheme, which can be found on our online shop. The guide will support teachers in delivering this poignant story to pupils, explaining the themes and literary devices used by the author. There are also suggested activities that will not only develop children’s comprehension but also encourage children to think and create their own opinions about an event not so long ago but in a time very different to today.

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Caroline Pudner

Caroline is a Curriculum Developer at Cornerstones. She writes curriculum materials, teaching resources and blogs. Caroline has 10 years primary teaching experience and has worked in both museums and galleries education and adult education.

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