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English, History, PSHE and British Values are all contained in this Introduction to School Life during WW1 scheme of work. The resource explores school life, illness, farming and Empire.
Using an archive of school logbook entries collected through Whitworks Adventures in Theatre’s HLF projects with schools and their communities, this resource gives a glimpse into the lives of Derbyshire school children during World War 1.
A play text is included and there are language analysis and writing opportunities. It provides both written and discussion opportunities. The discussion takes place in pairs and for the whole class.
The use of History enables distancing and therefore safety when discussing sensitive issues such as Empire.
The “Introduction to Empire through Empire Day” offers an opportunity to develop further lessons about Empire. Increasingly it is being considered important that students and the British population understand the Empire and its impact on life here and in the colonies.
The “Introduction to Empire through Empire Day” touches on PSHE, RSHE and British Values. It is an opportunity to develop further lessons about identity and racism.
The resource has been written so that it can be delivered in Covid19 restricted classrooms if required. It will however work beyond this crisis.
The University of Nottingham’s Centre for Hidden Histories commissioned this primary scheme of work during Autumn 2020 from Gertie Whitfield of Whitworks Adventures in Theatre. The Centre for Hidden Histories exists to deepen public understanding of the many unremarked aspects of the Great War or, as it is known now, World War 1.

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