History KS2: G is for Gas

In this clip school pupils handle a British gas mask from the World War One period and describe its use in a gas attack.

Newsreels of the period show soldiers using gas masks in training and at the front.

The pupils describe the devastating effects of the various types of gas used.

In a dramatic monologue, a British officer reads an extract from the poem ‘Dulce et Decorum Est’ by Wilfred Owen, which describes a gas attack.

This clip is from the series WW1 A to Z.

Teacher Notes

Pupils could prepare and read aloud further extracts from Wilfred Owen’s ‘Dulce et Decorum Est’.

You could discuss with the class the meaning of individual lines of the poem.

Together, write a summary of what takes place.

Challenge pupils to choose five key words from the poem that sum up Owen’s feelings about the gas.

Curriculum Notes

This short film might be useful for teaching history at Key Stage 2 / Second Level or above.

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