History KS3 / KS4: Death and survival in WW1
The threat of death hung over the soldiers and their families at home.
For some men, a serious injury could provide a ticket out of the war, whilst the arrival of a letter from the Front could signal terrible news back in England.
This clip features the contrasting experiences of a disillusioned soldier and the widow of a soldier killed in action.
This is from the series: I Was There: The Great War Interviews
Key Stage: 3 /4
The two perspectives are used to introduce an exploration of living and fighting and fighting in the trenches, contrasting the differing perspectives from Britain and the front line.
Half the class are asked to focus on the perspective from home, whilst the rest of the group focus on the soldier’s perspective.
Both groups then have to explain the different viewpoints.
This clip will be relevant for teaching History at KS3, KS4/GCSE, in England and Wales and Northern Ireland
Also at Third Level, Fourth Level, National 4 and National 5 in Scotland.
This topic appears in OCR, Edexcel, AQA, WJEC, CCEA GCSE and SQA.