History KS1 / 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

Key Stage 1

Pupils could collect images of artefacts from World War One to present in a digital slideshow.

The children could photograph and perhaps handle some objects at a local museum.

They could add captions to their slideshow explaining how each item was used.

Key Stage 2

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 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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