The Norfolk in the First World War: Somme to Armistice learning pack and associated resources are aimed at Key Stages 1 and 2. They have been created to support students, teachers and local communities to research their local war memorial, explore the roles of Norfolk men in the Battle of the Somme and the Battle of Gaza and consider how the war impacted on life at home and the roles of women in society.
Each project theme is explored by using locally relevant stories, first-hand accounts, letters, diaries, maps and photographs which all contribute to our understanding of what life was like for Norfolk men and women in the First World War. Young people will be able to compare soldiers’ experiences on the Western Front to soldiers’ experiences in the Middle East and consider how the war impacted on life at home.
The learning resources comprise:
- Materials for use for KS1 and KS2: teachers’ notes with background information on each theme, suggestions for how the resources can be used in the classroom and activity sheets.
- Case studies of Norfolk men and women in the First World War supported by first-hand accounts, poetry, newspaper reports and photographs.
- Loans boxes containing real and replica objects and costumes relating to the First World War with explanations on how to use them in the classroom
- PowerPoint presentations of images for each theme which can be used for enquiry based learning
- A list of further First World War resources and activities which can be accessed by schools
- A selection of First World War books which can be borrowed on request
In addition to literacy outcomes, the resources provide an opportunity for children to practise their inquiry skills.
Loans Box Artefacts, Themes and Activities
Loans boxes are available on the following themes:
- Lives of soldiers fighting on the frontline – on the Western Front and in the Middle East
- Life on the home front and women’s roles
- Nursing and medicine