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NEW First World War workshops for KS1 and KS2!

March 15th, 2014 · No Comments · For pupils, For teachers, new workshops, new workshops, Uncategorized, workshop photos

WW1 primary school workshop first aidI am pleased to announce that our new First World War primary school workshop is now available to book and has already taken many bookings in the first few weeks of the launch.  Designed exclusively for the needs of primary schools I use NO GUNS OR OTHER WEAPONS in the workshop as it is based on the role of my Grandfather, who was a stretcher bearer in the First World War.
Following the same successful format of our Blitz School WW2 workshop, this new First World War workshop begins with an interactive timeline, where, as well as looking at the more serious side of the conflict, we also look at some little know lighter facts that are more suited to primary schools.  For example, pupils get to take part in a Christmas truce penalty shoot-out, learn why the first dogfight involved more fist-shaking than shooting, and also why the pigeons of France quickly lost their homes when their army advanced!

First world war workshop soldierThis is then followed by a serious of one hour activities which are perfect for either a single class or more depending on your budget and timetable.  These include looking at a soldier’s kit and trying to put on WW1 ‘puttees’; learning all about WW1 first aid and also the all important marching, where pupils learn how to do it, followed by having a go at commanding their own troop themselves.

This is all taught in a compassionate manner that respects the sacrifice of the men who died in the First World War, but also draws attention to many historical facts that primary pupils found both interesting and inspiring, such as the story of Sergeant Stubby, the American dog who went to war and got medals for saving his fellow soldiers! If you like the sound of this and would like to see more details, please visit my dedicated website for the project here: FIRST WORLD WAR PRIMARY SCHOOL WORKSHOP

First world war workshop marching

First world war workshop heavy kit!WW1 primary school workshop first aid

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