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Enquiry 1: Introduction
What can local war memorials tells us about the First World War?
Mini Enquiry Questions
  • What impact did the First World War have on your local area?
  • Why do people today see the First World War as such an important event?
Timing - 2 Lessons (following one preparatory homework task)
Assessment Focus
Key Stage 3 (Levels 3-6):
  • 2e - consider the significance of the main events studied
  • 4a - identify, select and use a range of appropriate sources of information
  • 4b - evaluate the sources used, select and record information relevant to the enquiry and reach conclusions
GCSE: Use historical sources critically in their context, by comprehending, analysing, evaluating and interpreting them
Standard Grade: S3-S4
Learning Objectives
Pupils should learn:
  • how the First World War had a significant impact at a national and local level
  • how to handle and interpret large sets of statistical information
Suggested Teaching Activities
Preparatory Homework:
  • set homework task - visit to local war memorial - pupils record names of the men who died fighting in the First World War
Lesson 1:
  • pupils use census records to construct an hypothesis about the impact of the war on the local area
  • pupils use web-sites to find out more information about the men from their local area who died fighting in the war
Lesson 2:
  • pupils analyse this information and draw conclusions about the nature and impact of the First World War
  • discuss these conclusions and the limitations of using the data the pupils collected to draw definite conclusions about the nature of the war
Extension Activities
As part of this investigation pupils could use ICT facilities to construct spreadsheets and analyse the data in greater detail.

Also (via e-mail) pupils could compare their results to a school from a different area. This would allow them to assess how typical their findings are compared to other parts of the country.

Points to Note
Numeracy - This enquiry provides an opportunity to set up a cross-curricular project with your school's Mathematics department. Handling data is one of the key skills identified in the Framework for Teaching Mathematics at Key Stage 3 and is best taught in the context of real, purposeful statistical enquiries such as this.

ICT - Teachers should also encourage pupils to use ICT based resources to explore family links.

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