History KS2: I is for In Flanders Fields

Newsreel, photographs and commentary about Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, a Canadian field surgeon who served on the Western Front.

He wrote a famous poem, ‘In Flanders Fields’, on the death of a comrade.

Extracts of the poem are read, over footage showing aerial views of war graves today and images of death and burial during the war.

This clip is from the series WW1 A to Z.

Teacher Notes

Pupils could read together the full text of McCrae’s poem.

Why do they think it is still so well-known today? What do they think the message of the poem is?

The children could go on to compile a digital slideshow of images from a range of sources to illustrate a poem of their own choice by another poet of the First World War.

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

H is for Home Front
J is for Jutland Jack
K is for Keep The Home Fires Burning