History KS1 / KS2: V is for Victory - Armistice Day 1918

Primary school children narrate the story of the armistice agreement that ended World War One.

We hear the story of Maud Thompson, aged 11, who describes how she woke up to the sound of fireworks on the day, took part in London’s victory celebrations and saw the King and Queen on the balcony at Buckingham Palace.

Victory celebrations were sparked by news of the armistice which came into effect at 11am on 11 November 1918.

Germany and the Allies signed the agreement at a secret meeting in France at 5am on the same day.

This day was known as Victory day.

Teacher Notes

Key Stage 1

  • Ask pupils what they think individuals in the crowd were saying to one another as the children view newsreel of the victory celebrations at the end of World War One. -Pupils could add speech or think bubbles to photographs of the celebrations, to suggest what some of the reactions might have been.

Key Stage 2

  • Pupils could discuss the mixed feelings that people must have had when they heard the news that the war had ended.
  • What was the reaction of individuals was likely to be?
  • What would their priorities be, now that the fighting was over?
  • What would their hopes for the future be?
  • Given the level of destruction and the huge numbers of dead, was it accurate to talk of victory?
  • Pupils could debate the issue, based on their research of the period. They could take a vote to decide the question.

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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