WW1 Performance Pack (BBC Learning)

WW1 Performance Pack (BBC Learning)

The ten programmes in this series explore World War 1 through dance, music and drama activities. As a whole they can be used to stage a performance of our play ‘Archie Dobson’s War’ which has been specially-written for children aged 9 to 11. The programmes are accompanied by a copy of the playscript and a comprehensive set of Notes, with plenty of advice on how to get the best out of the activities. There is also a resource programme with incidental music and backing tracks for the songs. It’s an opportunity to stage a performance that will be both entertaining and thought-provoking.

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Recent episodes (10)

  • World War 1 Performance Pack - Sound Resources 05 Feb 14

    Fri, 4 Apr 14

    Duration:
    31 mins

    Sound resources to support your staging of the playscript, Archie Dobson's War.

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  • Dance resources 3 30 Jan 14

    Thu, 30 Jan 14

    Duration:
    21 mins

    The final programme of dance resources linking to World War 1. In this programme the dance activities explore trench warfare with a sequence about going 'over the top'. The the focus moves on to the armistice and the commemoration of the War and those who died. Extended music sequences will be available from the Resources programme and as downloads from these pages.

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  • Music resources 3 30 Jan 14

    Thu, 30 Jan 14

    Duration:
    20 mins

    The final programme of music resources linking to World War 1. The medley of contemporary songs includes 'Over there' and 'Home! Sweet home!' while the original song to learn - 'Can you, can you remember?' - invites the singers to reflect on the War and its enormous cost in human lives. The backing tracks for all the songs will be available from the Resources programme and as downloads from these pages.

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  • Archie Dobson's War - Part 3 29 Jan 14

    Thu, 30 Jan 14

    Duration:
    23 mins

    In the third and final episode of 'Archie Dobson's War' we hear from the front lines where both Walter and Edward Dobson are preparing for the 'big push'. Back on the home front the attitudes of both Archie and Mabel towards the War are changing. Then the armistice is announced and the country celebrates; but for Archie and Mabel the celebration is tempered by recent events.

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  • Dance resources 2 23 Jan 14

    Thu, 23 Jan 14

    Duration:
    21 mins

    The second programme of dance resources linking to World War 1. The movement sequences in this download explore life in the trenches, then working in a munitions factory on the home front. Then it's back to the trenches for a sequence exploring the Christmas truce of 1914. Extended music sequences for the dances will be available in the Resources programme, coming later in the series.

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  • Music resources 2 23 Jan 14

    Thu, 23 Jan 14

    Duration:
    20 mins

    The second programme of music resources linking to World War 1. The medley of contemporary songs to learn includes 'Hush, here comes a whizz-bang!' and 'We're here because we're here'. The original song is the grimly humorous 'Stuck in the middle' - about daily life stuck in the trenches. Backing tracks of all the songs will be available in the Resources programme, coming later in the series.

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  • Archie Dobson's War - Part 2 22 Jan 14

    Wed, 22 Jan 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    The second part of the story ‘Archie Dobson’s War’. Archie’s cousin Walter has to join the war in France. Archie wonders what life is like for Walter at the front and then receives a letter from him describing the Christmas truce of 1914. Later a Zeppelin passes over Archie’s house and drops its bombs on the town – suddenly the War no longer seems remote. Mr Dobson is given a white feather in the street and then in 1916 a letter arrives informing him that he has been conscripted. He tells the children not to worry... but Archie and Mabel have learnt enough to know how serious the situation is.

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  • Dance resources 1 16 Jan 14

    Thu, 16 Jan 14

    Duration:
    21 mins

    The dance activities in this programme begin by contrasting 'town' and 'country' in the summer of 1914. There are also some simple steps to learn from a contemporary dance called 'The Castle Walk' before the declaration of war takes us to the parade ground for some military drill steps. The activities in the programme can be used to support a performance of our play 'Archie Dobson's War'.

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  • Music resources 1 16 Jan 14

    Thu, 16 Jan 14

    Duration:
    20 mins

    Music resources linking to World War 1. This programme has a medley of contemporary songs to learn - including 'It's a long way to Tipperary' - and also an original song which explores the mood in the summer of 1914 and provides a curtain-opener for the performance piece 'Archie Dobson's War'.

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  • Archie Dobson's War - Part 1 15 Jan 14

    Wed, 15 Jan 14

    Duration:
    23 mins

    The first part of the story 'Archie Dobson's War'. It is the summer of 1914. The Dobson family is getting ready to visit their country cousins, the Carters. Ten-year-old Archie Dobson is particularly excited to be seeing his older cousin Walter, who he idolises. Walter tells Archie of a great adventure he believes to be coming in the near future... and when war is declared later that summer Walter enlists in the army and leaves for France.

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