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Enquiry 5: The Battle of the Somme
How should the Battle of the Somme be remembered?
Mini Enquiry Questions
  • What went wrong with the British plan of attack on the Somme?
  • Was it all the fault of General Haig?
  • Why do some historians argue that the Battle of the Somme was not a military disaster?
Timing - 2 Lessons
Assessment Focus
 
Key Stage 3 (Level 5-7):
  • 3a - how and why historical events, people, situations and changes have been interpreted in different ways
  • 3b - to evaluate interpretations
GCSE: comprehend, analyse and evaluate, in relation to the historical context, how and why historical events, people, situations and changes have been interpreted and represented in different ways
 
Standard Grade: S3-S4
Learning Objectives
 
Pupils should learn:
  • How and why the Battle of the Somme has been interpreted in different ways
  • How to evaluate historical interpretations
 
Suggested Teaching Activities
 
Lesson 1:
  • Pupils play the simulation game, planning their own offensivee
  • Pupils evaluate the decisions Haig made before and during the Battle of the Somme
  • Pupils write a letter in role as a military historian defending Haig
Homework task:
    Pupils explain why people see the Battle of the Somme as such a significant event
Lesson 2:
  • Whole class debate on how the Somme should be remembered
 
Extension Activities
 
Pupils compare the decisions that Haig made on the Somme to those made at Passchendaele in 1917. Did he learn from the mistakes made on the Somme?
Resources
 
 
Points to Note
 
Literacy - The debate on how the Somme should be remembered provides a good opportunity to develop pupils debating skills and to assess speaking and listening.

Also the main written activity in this enquiry activity provides pupils with an opportunity to develop their letter writing skills in a purposeful context.

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