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World War I

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World War I by Scoilnet

A collection of resources from the Scoilnet database on aspects of what was known as The Great War. Some are general in nature while others are very specific.


About the Great War
Ireland and WWI

BBC - World War I for Primary

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/0/ww1/25827997 Added: 16 Jun 2014 Contributor: Scoilnet Resource type: Reference

Set of resources covering most aspects of the Great War. Includes sections on My Life; My family; My town; My Country - 100 years ago. Excellent timeline included as well as a profile of famous personalities, lots of image galleries and detailed assembly notes with scripts..

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How it maps to the curriculum

3-4
5-6
SESE History

Strand: Story

Strand unit: Stories from the lives of people in the past

Content objective:
This resource should enable a child to:

  • become aware of the lives of women, men and children from different social, cultural, ethnic and religious backgrounds, including the lives of 'ordinary' as well as 'more famous' people
  • discuss chronology of events (beginning, middle, end) in a story
  • discuss the actions and feelings of characters
  • discuss the attitudes and motivations of characters
  • use appropriate timelines

Suggestions for use: This is a vast site so pick appropriate sections as a focus for class on some aspect of the War. Perfect for IWB.

Strand: Eras of Change & Conflict

Strand unit: World War I

Content objective:
This resource should enable a child to:

  • become familiar with aspects of these periods
  • examine and become familiar with evidence which informs us about the lives of people in the periods studied, their thoughts and concerns, especially evidence which may be found locally
  • record the place of peoples and events on appropriate timelines

Suggestions for use: This is a vast site so pick appropriate sections as a focus for class on some aspect of the War. Perfect for IWB.

Asset type: Online Resource
Language: English
Rights: All rights reserved
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The National Archives - First World War

http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/first-world-war Added: 16 Jun 2014 Contributor: Scoilnet Resource type:

A vast collection of resources and online material from the UK National Archives. Includes diraies, service records, information about the various branches of the British military - army, air force, navy and medical support. Includes podcasts and videos.

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How it maps to the curriculum

5-6
SESE History

Strand: Eras of Change & Conflict

Strand unit: World War I

Content objective:
This resource should enable a child to:

  • become familiar with aspects of these periods
  • examine and become familiar with evidence which informs us about the lives of people in the periods studied, their thoughts and concerns, especially evidence which may be found locally
  • record the place of peoples and events on appropriate timelines

Suggestions for use: Follow the diary of a soldier and discuss life in the ttrenches during the war.

SC
History

Strand: Later Modern Europe

Strand unit: 2 Int Tensions 1871-1920

Suggestions for use: Use as a point of research.

Asset type: Online Resource
Language: English
Rights: All rights reserved
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World War One Posters

http://dh.tcd.ie/martindiary/?page_id=343 Added: 17 Dec 2012 Contributor: Scoilnet Resource type: Primary Source

A collection of World War I propaganda posters designed to encourage recruitment to the British army during World War I. Very useful visual resource for class.

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How it maps to the curriculum

SC
History

Strand: Later Modern Ireland

Strand unit: 3 Sovereignty 1912-1949

Suggestions for use: The posters may be used as part of an investigation of various events and propaganda during World War. The students could do a project having selected a poster to analyse and researched the context with a view to presenting to the class.

5-6
SESE History

Strand: Eras of Change & Conflict

Strand unit: World War I

Content objective:
This resource should enable a child to:

  • become familiar with aspects of these periods

Suggestions for use: Examine a poster and discuss its meaning, the context surrounding it and its impact on people at this time. Do this either as a whole group activity or as part of group work. Alternatively, print out a selection of posters and allow pupils to select a poster of their choice and conduct a study of same. Suitable for differentiating by task or communication.

Asset type: Online Resource
Language: English
Collection: Primary Source
Rights: All rights reserved
Special Needs:

Some of these links are pulled from our Post-Primary database but some aspects of them might be engaging for advanced Primary students.

Ireland and the Great War

http://www.rte.ie/archives/exhibitions/1011-ireland-and-the-great-war/ Added: 12 Dec 2012 Contributor: Scoilnet Resource type: Game

Online exhibition on Ireland and First World War. Links to many short videos with former Irish-born soldiers recounting their experiences and the horrors of war.

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How it maps to the curriculum

SC
History

Strand: Later Modern Ireland

Strand unit: 3 Sovereignty 1912-1949

Suggestions for use: This could be used as a topic starter or as a recap activity

Asset type: Online Resource
Language: English
Rights: All rights reserved
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A Family at War - The Diary of Mary Martin (1916)

http://dh.tcd.ie/martindiary/ Added: 17 Dec 2012 Contributor: Scoilnet Resource type: Primary Source

A Family at War: Mary Martin’s Diary, 1 January – 25 May 1916 is an online exhibition from the National Library of the Diary of Mary Martin, a widow and mother of twelve children, living in the wealthy Dublin suburb of Monkstown. Mary wrote the diary to her son Charlie, a soldier with the Royal Dublin Fusiliers who went missing in action on the Salonika front.
Set against the backdrop of the Easter Rising and the First World War, the diary chronicles the daily activities of Mary, her family, friends and relatives.

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How it maps to the curriculum

SC
History

Strand: Later Modern Ireland

Strand unit: 3 Sovereignty 1912-1949

Asset type: Online Resource
Language: English
Rights: All rights reserved
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The First World War in Omagh

https://www.scoilnet.ieuploads/resources/12150/11786.pdf Added: 19 Jun 2014 Contributor: Scoilnet Resource type: Project

Essay looking at the impact of the Great War on the West Tyrone town and how it was very much a 'shared war' between the Catholic and Protestant communities of that area. Uses newspaper cuttings and original images throughout.
This essay was a winning entry from students at Drumragh Integrated College as part of the ‘Decade of Centenaries’ All-Island Schools History Competition 2014 organised jointly by the Departments of Education in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.

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How it maps to the curriculum

SC
History

Strand: Later Modern Europe

Strand unit: 2 Int Tensions 1871-1920

Suggestions for use: Can be used as an example of primary research on how a major historical event impacted on the local community.

Asset type: Document
Language: English
Rights: All rights reserved
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The Royal Munster Fusiliers: Commemorating Irish Heroes in a Tragic War

https://www.scoilnet.ieuploads/resources/12149/11785.docx Added: 19 Jun 2014 Contributor: Scoilnet Resource type: Project

Examines the role of the Royal Munster Fusiliers regiment in World War I and in particular their role in Gallipoli and at the Somme. Also focuses on Victoria Cross winner William Cosgrove who was typical of many ordinary people caught up in the war.
This essay was a winning entry from students at Colaiste Choilm (Ballincollig) in the ‘Decade of Centenaries’ All-Island Schools History Competition 2014 organised jointly by the Departments of Education in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.

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How it maps to the curriculum

SC
History

Strand: Later Modern Europe

Strand unit: 2 Int Tensions 1871-1920

Suggestions for use: Can be used as an example of student work. Also provides an excelent example of historical research by students of events in their locality.

Asset type: Document
Language: English
Rights: All rights reserved
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How WW1 Impacted on Our Local Area

https://www.scoilnet.ieuploads/resources/12152/11788.pdf Added: 19 Jun 2014 Contributor: Scoilnet Resource type: Project

Essay looking at how the first World War imacted on a rural area in Co Waterford. Focuses on the local people who were involved in the war and in particular on the role of horses in that war. Many horses from this area of Co Waterford were sold to the army and saw action at the Western Front.
This essay was a winning entry from Kilrossanty NS in the ‘Decade of Centenaries’ All-Island Schools History Competition 2014 organised jointly by the Departments of Education in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.

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How it maps to the curriculum

5-6
SESE History

Strand: Story

Strand unit: Stories from the lives of people in the past

Content objective:
This resource should enable a child to:

  • become aware of the lives of women, men and children from different social, cultural, ethnic and religious backgrounds, including the lives of 'ordinary' as well as 'more famous' people
  • discuss the attitudes and motivations of characters in their historical context
  • discuss the chronology of events in a story
  • express or record stories through oral and written forms, art work, music, drama, mime, movement, information and communication technologies
  • listen to local people telling stories about their past
  • listen to, discuss, retell and record a wide range of stories from the lives of people who have made a contribution to local and/or national life and to the lives of people in other countries through technological, scientific, cultural and artistic activities as well as those who have contributed to social and political developments
  • use appropriate timelines

Suggestions for use: Can be used as an example of student work. Also provides an excelent example of historical research by students of events in their locality.

Asset type: Document
Language: English
Rights: All rights reserved
Special Needs:

World Book Web

World War One

World War I lasted from 1914 to 1918 and was the largest war that the world had seen up to that time . . . 


Unknown Soldier

After WWI Belgium, Britain, France, Italy, and the United States wanted to honour those that fought on behalf of their countries. They each buried an unknown soldier near their capitals and built an monument in honour of all soldiers that died. 

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