History KS2: H is for Home Front

Newsreel and photographs illustrate life on the Home Front in Britain during World War One.

A commentary describes how women and children played their part in keeping factories and farms working.

A dramatic monologue introduces Charlie Waller, aged 11, a boy scout.

Charlie describes his wartime duties.

As well as guarding railway bridges and looking out for spies, scouts were called on to help in hospitals, with the harvest and to run errands for the coastguard.

This clip is from the series WW1 A to Z.

Teacher Notes

Pupils could find out more about the work of the scouts and guides during World War One, using websites and books.

What impact do they think working outside of the home had on women’s lives?

Curriculum Notes

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

More from World War One A to Z

G is for Gas
I is for In Flanders Fields
J is for Jutland Jack