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Remembering the Battle of the Somme

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The Battle of the Somme was one of the bloodiest battles in history. It took place in Northern France around the River Somme from 1 July to 18 November 1916. Now, a century later, this education pack from the British Council is designed to help teachers introduce aspects of the Battle of the Somme and the ways in which it is being remembered. The pack contains resources to help students develop a deeper knowledge and understanding of the conflict. It covers topics including experiences of the Somme from around the Commonwealth, Pals Battalions, conscription, recruitment and remembrance today. The materials are designed to be flexible and adaptable. They can be used as starting points for individual lessons or activities, or form part of a larger cross- curricular project with a partner school overseas. As well as the obvious link to History, there are also activities suggested that can fit into Art & Design, Citizenship, English/literacy and PSHE. This resource pack has been developed by the British Council in partnership with the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, First World War Centenary Battlefield Tours Programme, UCL Institute of Education and Big Ideas Company.

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Peace, Conflict and Justice

Age Ranges

KS2: ages 7-11, KS3: ages 11-14


Citizenship, English / literacy, History, PSHE / PSE / PSED

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