Travel back in time with this workshop and step inside some reconstructed WW1 trenches. Your class will learn about what is was like to be living inside the trenches, what weapons were used by the British Army and what tasks soldiers were required to do on a day-to-day basis. Your pupils will be asked to put themselves in the position of a medic on the battlefield and a solider told by his commanding officer that he is going to go over the top into No Man’s Land. This is a great exercise for encouraging pupils to express their emotions during a particular scenario and can be used to inspire a follow up writing activity.
This workshop helps to give pupils some perspective on how treacherous and frightening it would have been for soldiers involved in trench warfare during WW1. Following this workshop, we always recommend completing a piece of creative writing.
Curriculum links: WW1, life in the trenches & No Man’s Land.
Approximate duration: 30 minutes
Google Expeditions: Reconstructed WW1 Trenches.
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