View and download a range of resources for schools, including the There But Not There project and other resources from partnerships with different organisations.
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Noor Inayat-Khan: A woman of Conspicuous Courage
As part of our exhibition Noor Inayat-Khan: A woman of Conspicuous Courage, CWGC has created a range of downloadable presentations for schools.
These engaging, informative presentations and activities explore Noor's journey from her childhood in Russia and France through to her heroic actions during the Second World War.
These lesson plans are designed for Key Stage 3 and 4, with five downloadable presentations as well as supplementary resources. They aim to encourage students to learn more about the role of women during the war and to trigger questions and conversations about morality, duty and legacy - helping to inspire the next generation of history makers.
There but not there
We have partnered with There But Not There to offer a range of downloadable resources for schools. Using historic sources from the CWGC’s collection, and fully linked to the curricula in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales; examining the scale of the World Wars and how we have chosen to commemorate those who died.
You can find out more information about how to get involved in the There But Not There project here
CWGC An Introduction
This short introductory film provides an oversight of the formation and work of The Commonwealth War Graves Commission.
At four minutes running time, it can act as a useful centrepiece to any lesson or assembly. Suitable for: ALL
Alternatively, you can download a written introduction here:
Choosing How to Remember
The War Graves Commission cemeteries were designed to treat all who fell with equality, by ensuring that all
headstones were the same size and shape. But it was also important that individuals were recognised, by the
inclusion of personal information and inscriptions.
Using historic sources including photographs, archives and real-life examples, this lesson gives students the opportunity to look at the debate around equality and individuality which occurred when the cemeteries were designed, and also looks at how families chose to remember their loved ones through personal inscriptions which impact the way we remember those who served today. You may also wish for your students to use this opportunity to inspire their persuasive writing skills, or to explore the idea of memorials to the missing through art and design.
Suitable for: KS2 and KS3
CWGC The ‘Lost’ of the First World War
The scale and pace of the First World War meant that there were unprecedented numbers of casualties. Many soldiers were buried unidentified. This meant that families would have no place to lay flowers or to pay their respects.
The man in charge of the Directorate of Graves Registration and Enquiries (and later the War Graves Commission), Fabian Ware, wanted to reduce the number of servicemen and women who would be buried unidentified and therefore officially become one of the ‘lost’. Using real sources from the CWGC archive these lessons offer your students the opportunity to investigate his practical proposal to reduce this problem.
There is also a chance to explore the creation of memorials to the missing through art and design.
Suitable for: KS3
The work of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission provides a lens through which to investigate two significant days in the national calendar. Since the 11 November 1918 the UK marks the Armistice of the First World War. This has now become a national event every year and is an opportunity to remember those who have died in all conflicts. In addition, Commonwealth Day which is marked in March, can provide the perfect opportunity to explore some of Britain’s continuing connections to the world.
These Curriculum Statements help teachers to identify how these resources can be linked directly to the curricula of the UK. They detail links to History and Citizenship in England, The World Around Us and Environment and Society in Northern Ireland, Social Studies in Scotland and History and Personal and Social Education in Wales.
We welcome any feedback from teachers on these resources or the types of resources that we might want to create in the future. If you have images of your students engaging with our resources (with full permissions in place) we would love to see them, please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org
Here are some of the other resources that CWGC has worked on with other partners.
CWGC WORKS WITH FUN KIDS RADIO FOR SERIOUS REMEMBRANCE LEARNING RESOURCES
The Commonwealth War Graves Commission has worked with Fun Kids, the UK’s children’s radio station, on several fascinating remembrance podcasts as part of their wider series, The Great War – Life through a child’s eyes.
Listen to the diary entries of Edward Hampton and discover what life was like between 1914 and 1918. What subjects were taught at school, what could people do for entertainment and how did children help with the war effort?
In 'How we remember our military' Edward visits the CWGC’s Brookwood Military Cemetery at the end of the war and learns all about the role of the fledgling War Graves Commission as we work to remember the dead.
The series, supported by The National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund, consists of ten audio programmes and videos. The programmes, available at https://www.funkidslive.com/learn/great-war/ are themed:
- Series 1 (start of the war) - red edged
- Series 2 (mid war) - yellow edged
- Series 3 (end of war - the new series) - pink edged and the last programmes to show
Visitors may also be interested in the previous series – Grandpa's Memory Box – which also features the work of CWGC.