History KS1 / 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 a 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

Key Stage 1

Pupils could compare Charlie’s First World War scout’s uniform with the one worn today.

How many differences can they spot? What is still the same? Which of the wartime jobs Charlie mentions do the pupils think he enjoyed the most?

Key Stage 2

Pupils could try their hands at knitting, one of the wartime jobs that children helped out with.

They could go on to 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 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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