Commemorating the Battle of the Somme

Sian Evans
07th July 2016
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Recognise the history and centenary of the Somme with these secondary resources

The Battle of the Somme, also known as the Somme Offensive, was one of the largest and bloodiest battles of the First World War. Fought in northern France and lasting five months, over one million people were wounded or killed on both sides of the battlefield.

100 years later, commemoration services and events are taking place to remember the soldiers who lost their lives, as part of the wider First World War centenary. We’ve gathered a selection of resources that will help your students to understand what happened during the Battle of the Somme, its impact within the First World War and how we remember it today.

Understanding the Battle of the Somme

Introduce your class to the Battle of the Somme with this detailed PowerPoint presentation, which provides a clear overview of the battle from beginning to end.  Investigate the conflict further with this source-based lesson, examining the plan versus the reality and culminating in a report-writing exercise about what took place on the battlefield. To convey the conditions soldiers survived in, use this visual comic book £3 as a way to engage learners with what life was like in the trenches.

Once your students understand the basics, challenge them to assess the problems that the British army faced and see if they can work out possible solutions using this worksheet. Alternatively, scrutinise primary and secondary sources with this presentation, before allowing pupils to weigh up the evidence and different interpretations of events. 

Commemorating the centenary

Explore the significance of the Battle of the Somme in 2016 with this resource £2, containing thorough presentations and an accompanying workbook. Provide learners with deeper knowledge and understanding of the conflict with this resource booklet, which offers a detailed timeline, activity sheets and further information on how to commemorate the centenary. 

For a wider understanding of how the Battle of the Somme fits into the First World War, engage students with this presentation £3, full of quizzes and activities that contextualise the battle. Why not encourage students to engage creatively with this adaptable First World War centenary resource? Learners research an element of the war and present their findings in their choice of format, including as a poem, interview or film review.

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