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Causes and outline of WWI

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Explosive material

A diagram illustrating all the different causes of the First World War, clearly explaining the concept of the powder keg that was sparked by the assassination.

Submitted by Mr Davies

European Alliances

A colour map showing the European Alliances in 1914.  When printed out to make a colour OHP this is a really useful resource.

Map of 1914 Europe

Photocopyable maps of 1914 Europe.  Two to an A4 sheet.  Pupils can label and shade in alliances.

Causes of WWI

A worksheet helping pupils research and learn about the causes of WWI.  Leads pupils through Militarism, Imperialism, Nationalism and the Alliances.

European Alliances (blank) 130kb

A blank map to accompany the causes of WWI worksheet (above).  Pupils are asked to draw in the boundaries of the countries, and shade in the alliances.

Causes of War

Chronology and evidence activity relating to the causes and outbreak of World War I

Sarajevo Police Report

Writing frame to help students create an accurate police report of the events in Sarajevo from the perspective of the driver.

 Submitted by Mr Higgins


Chronology activity covering the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand.  Involves cutting and pasting the events in the correct order.  Additional tasks included.

 Submitted by Mr Guinea

Trigger Event

Gap filling task helping pupils create notes on the trigger event of World War I - the assassination at Sarajevo.

 Submitted by Miss Boughey

Beginning of WWI

Chronology exercise leading to the creation of a poster illustrating how a single shot let to the outbreak of European war.  Numerous illustrations break up the text.

Events of WWI

A very simple chronology exercise covering the major events of WWI. Once completed, pupils are required to create a poster summarising six events using picture and text information.

Events of WWI
Answer grid

Answer grid to compliment the above worksheet.  Provides a grid with the dates in the correct order - pupils are required to fill in the corresponding event.

Weapons of WWI

Detailed information about the new weapons used during the First World War.  Followed by note taking and comprehension questions.

 Submitted by Mrs Tasker

Trenches letter

An emotive writing task encouraging pupils to create a letter about conditions in the trenches.  Ideal for use after investigating trenches.  Guidance with vocabulary and phrased given.

 Submitted by Miss Boughey

Life in trenches

Writing task where pupils have to create their own letter using starter ideas provided.  Having written their own letter they need to censor another.

 Submitted by Miss Knapper

Somme impact

Homework writing tasks - pupils examine a contemporary advertisement and explain why it was unlikely to be used after the Somme.

 Submitted by Mr S Drew

Ypres report

Writing frame to help students write a descriptive newspaper report about Ypres.  Ideal homework task, or for class preparation to complete for homework.

 Submitted by Mr Higgins

War Communism

Writing frame, most appropriate for GCSE students, encouraging them to write a report on the impact of War Communism.

 Submitted by Mr Higgins

End of WWI

Summary sheet showing the main events of WWI, the numbers of dead and wounded and suggestions of the consequences.  Points to consider asks pupils to decide what the war achieved. 

The End of WWI

Information and comprehension sheet explaining about the end of WWI and the German reaction to the cease-fire.  Sources add additional opinions.

 Submitted by Mr R. Huggins

Diary Exercise

Empathy exercise where pupils have to recall and use their knowledge of WWI to describe their trench, lost friends, technology and the costs.

Level Assessment

Level assessment activity on WWI covering all aspects of the war.  Source based questions with 'level guidance' to help pupils answer questions effectively.  

 Submitted by Ms Devonshire-Pay

Level Assessment

Differentiated version of the above worksheet for lower ability pupils.

 Submitted by Ms Devonshire-Pay

Versailles Simulation

20 page resource to hold a simulation of the Treaty of Versailles in the classroom. Includes pupil guidance, worksheets, teacher information and mark scheme.  Needs two maps.

 Submitted by Mr McDonald

Versailles Comprehension

Brief explanation of the terms of Versailles, followed by a comprehension activity.  Worksheet asks pupils to fill in a map of 1919 Europe and compare it to their 1914 map.

Versailles Role-Play

A role-play exercise with an explanation sheet and four individual sheets for the 'main four' at Versailles.  In groups of 4, pupils take on these roles and have to use evidence provided on their sheet to get the best possible deal. Excellent negotiation skills development!

Versailles form

A form containing the pictures of the 'main four' at Versailles to be used after the role-play exercise.  Pupils fill in what each leader wanted from Versailles. 

Reactions to Versailles

Source based questions and activities exploring the differing reactions to the Treaty of Versailles.  Differentiated questions guide pupils through analysis.

 Submitted by Mr R. Huggins

The Peace Settlement and Germany

Examination and analysis of the different opinions of how Germany should be treated after WWI.  Questions backed up with sources.

Submitted by Mr R. Huggins

World War I treaties

World War I treaties exercise.  Pupils are asked to match up descriptions with appropriate countries and then use the information.

 Submitted by Ms Devonshire-Pay

Art after WWI

Worksheet providing sources and tasks relating to the impact of WWI and its influence on Art.  Develops source analysis skills.

 Submitted by Miss Jones

The Mule Track

Paul Nash painting required to complete the tasks in the above worksheet.

 Submitted by Miss Jones

War graves research

Research task which can help pupils identify with local victims of the war.  Using information from a local war memorial, pupils are given step-by-step instructions to search the CWGC's (Commonwealth War Graves Commission's) site.

 Submitted by Mr Day

Remembrance Day

A worksheet that summarises the importance of Remembrance Day and the significant message.  A 'why should we bother' section clearly explains why!



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