World War One

We focus on some of the most demanding questions of the Great War. We cover the origins of the war, soldiers' motivations to fight, battle tactics and technological change. We also reflect with war poetry from the frontline.

1.1 World War One (in One Take) - A highly engaging overview of World War One in six minutes!

1.2 Whose fault was it? - We interview Europe's leaders on the eve of war to explore the underlying tensions and rivalries.

1.2.1 The slide to war - A fast-paced newscast charting the order and speed of events leading the outbreak of war.

1.3 Why did men sign up and continue to fight? - Was it just about King and Country? We explore the other reasons men were motivated to sign up and also consider why they kept fighting.

1.4 What went so wrong on the first day of the Battle of the Somme? - We put General Sir Douglas Haig in the spotlight to defend his strategy on the ill-fated first day of the Somme.

1.5 Which weapons were most effective in breaking the deadlock on the Western Front? - Within this 'Lion's Lair' contest, our panel of judges consider which weapons proved most effective on the Western Front.

1.6 War Poetry - Dramatic readings of 'The Soldier' by Rupert Brooke and 'Dulce Et Decorum Est' by Wilfred Owen provide contrasting and thought-provoking perspectives on the conflict.


Class Curriculum


  1.2.1 The slide to war
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