History KS1 / KS2: E is for Empire

Newsreel and commentary explore the contribution of the British Empire to the war effort.

Britain’s colonies sent over two-and-a-half million fighting men to the European front, more than one million from India alone.

In a dramatic monologue based on a true story, Sepoy Khudadad Khan, 26 years old, gives his account of a 1914 battle in northern Belgium.

Sepoy Khudadad suffered severe injuries. But he survived to receive the Victoria Cross for his gallantry, from King George V.

This clip is from the series WW! A to Z.

Teacher Notes

Key Stage 1

Pupils could co-operate to make a life-size collage of Sepoy Khudadad Khan, using scraps of fabric to show his distinctive uniform.

How do they think Sepoy Khudadad felt about his medal?

Key Stage 2

Pupils could identify all of Britain’s war time colonies on a world map.

They could find out what other resources the colonies contributed, in addition to troops.

Why do pupils think these countries supported the British war effort?

The children could discover when each of Britain’s colonies gained its independence.

Curriculum Notes

This clip is relevant for teaching History at primary school ages for Key Stages 1 and 2, or First and Second Level.

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