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Homeschool History: Resources to Study World War 1

Homeschool History: Resources to Study World War 1

This year is the centenary of the outbreak of World War 1. Therefore it has made sense to study the War, and in doing so honour the sacrifices of those killed. I have found a number of free resources online as well as supplementing free resources with books.

  1. The BBC Primary History website is excellent, it has original footage, animations, biographies, games, as well as straight forward information about the war.
  2. Cornerstone Education has a free educational pack to download with ideas and lesson plans
  3. I bought a couple of history books to keep, firstly “The First World War” in association with the Imperial War Museums and secondly “The First World War” an Usborne History of Britain book. They are both really good, although I would highly recommend the first one.
  4. We also bought a memorabilia pack.
  5. There are number of children’s books set in the First World War, my daughter find’s studying history through historical fiction particularly helpful. There is Private Peaceful and The War Horse both by Michael Morpurgo. There is also “War Game” by Michael Foreman, this is suitable for slightly younger children, as it is a picture book. We also stumbled upon an excellent book in the library about the Hearts Battalion, called “Soldier’s Game” by James Killgore. The book is about a young footballer from Edinburgh who went to fight in the trenches.
  6. We have also been studying the poetry of the First World War
  7. The British Legion website also has some useful free resources.
  8. The School Run has some nice ideas too, like a recipe for a Trench Cake.
  9. Activity Village has some free poppy themed printables.
  10. We also visited the National War Museum, which was excellent. There are a lot of exhibitions on in the run up to Remembrance Day, so it is worth searching what is going on in your local area.

To study the Great War we have looked at maps of the battle fields, discussed the changes in technology at the time which contributed to the massacre which was the Great War, and have written biographies of key people in the War.

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