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Year 5 Topic: First World War

In Year 5, our Autumn topic is the Great War, later known as the First World War. It is a serious topic in history, which will challenge your child to think about serious questions about the morality of war and the decisions that leaders of different countries make that can affect the lives of millions. We will find out what the 'MAIN' factors were that lead to the outbreak of war, and the assassination that was the trigger event. We will learn about the propaganda that was used to persuade ordinary people to join up, and what it was like to fight in the trenches of the Western Front. We will find out about the experiences of women serving at the front lines and in No Man's Land, in the munition factories and campaigning for the right to vote. We will find out about the links between the Great War and the colonial empires, and their experiences of people from around the world at the front and in Brighton itself.

Sussex by the Sea: Brighton in Summer 1914

Travel back in time 106 years to find out what life was like in our city in the summer before the Great War broke out. Oh, we do like to be beside the seaside!...

Blighty Brighthelmstone in 1914 Powerpoint

Notemaking Sheet

Brighton in 1914 Google Earth Tour (work in progress!)

A Timetraveller's Factsheet about Brighthelmstone in 1914

A Map of Brighthelmstone in 1914

Brighthelmstone Landmarks Map activity!


What were the causes of the Great War?

It is the summer of 1914, and the Great Powers of Europe have been arguing. What are the arguments about, and what is causing them to think about war with each other?

What were the Causes of the Great War Powerpoint

The Ambassadors' Ball Role-Play Cards

The Alliances Map of 1914

MAIN Causes notemaking sheet

The Shots Heard Around The World!

It is Sunday 28th June 1914. The place is Sarajevo, in the country of Bosnia-Herzegovina, now controlled by the Austro-Hungarian Empire. The heir to the Austrian throne, Archduke Franz-Ferdinand and his wife Sophia, are driving through town on their holidays. What happens next will change the history of the entire world!

The Assassination of Archduke Franz-Ferdinand Powerpoint

Cartoon Strip Making Sheet

Declarations of War Cartoon-making Sheet

Your Country Needs You!

It is the 4th August 1914, and the United Kingdom has declared war on Germany and her allies. They need recruits to join the armed forces to help the British Expeditionary Force. Year 5 are joining Stingray and Manta Ray Platoons, Fairlight Pals' Company, the Royal Sussex Regiment. Find out how and why men, women, and boys from the UK, the other countries of Europe, and people from across the British Empire signed up for the British Army. Then, join the Sergeant-Major to learn how soldiers trained in the British Army!

"Your Country Needs You!" Power Point

How to Drill Like a British Soldier in 1914!

Life In The Trenches

We have been posted to the Western Front: a series of trenches separating the armies fighting in Belgium and northern France. What was it like to live in the trenches during the Great War?

Life in the Trenches Power Point

Life in the Trenches Horrible Histories poster (not sure that British Tommies really ate rats though - there were enough rations!)

Life in the Trenches Role-play Fact Cards

Make Your Own Trench Diagram

Cut-out Pictures for your own Trench diagram

The Christmas Truce 1914

Women at War

Black Lives at War

Over The Top!

War Animals

Brighton at War

Armistice 1918