A Century's Memories is a Lottery-funded community project to collect and share First World War stories and memories from our area.
(Image: WW1 service medals awarded to the father of one of the project interviewees)
From September 2017 to April 2018 groups of young people from Bath College, Keynsham Army Cadet Force and Midsomer Norton Cadet Force got to know and interviewed older residents from across the district about what their families and communities were doing during World War One.
The resulting stories and memories have been collected and published in an illustrated commemorative book and have been used to produce learning resources for use by local schools. The recordings and transcriptions of the interviews will be preserved for future generations at Bath Record Office.
Key Stage 2 learning resources
Four learning resources have been created using stories and research about World War One. They feature audio clips and anecdotes collected during the project. These are free to download, edit and use for all schools. Some particularly lend themselves to work around Remembrance Day. Each resource is described and available below, or from the Sustainable Learning website, where each group of resources can be downloaded in one go.
Lest We Forget (4 resources to download)
A standalone assembly to commemorate World War One that can be extended as a Year 6 English lesson to include public speaking. (Junior assembly or Year 6 English lesson, 90 minutes duration)
- Lest We Forget lesson plan (Word)
- Remembrance Assembly presentation (PowerPoint)
- Public speaking steps to success (Word)
Wartime Women Wanted (4 resources to download)
With an introduction to World War One, life at the time and the role of women pupils are guided through creating a narrative and musical piece to accompany authentic newsreel. (Years 4, 5 and 6 lesson, cross-curricular including history and music, 120 minutes duration)
- Wartime Women Wanted Lesson plan (Word)
- Wartime Women Wanted presentation (PowerPoint)
- Graphic notation presentation (PowerPoint)
- Newsreel (PowerPoint)
Tunnelling Through Time (6 resources to download)
A practical Art and Design Technology lesson to bring real stories about World War One soldiers to life in a 'tunnel book'. (Years 5 and 6 lesson, cross curricular, 120 minutes duration)
- Tunnelling Through Time lesson plan (Word)
- Tunnelling Through Time presentation (PowerPoint)
Friend or Foe? (5 resources to download)
Discover stories about how animals were used and changed lives during World War One. Write a diary entry in the role of an animal. (Years 5-6 English lesson, 120 minutes duration)
- Friend or Foe lesson plan (Word)
- Friend or Foe presentation (PowerPoint)
- Friend or Foe Sentence Starters (PowerPoint)
- Friend or Foe how to write a diary (PowerPoint)
- Friend or Foe diary planning sheet (PowerPoint)