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WWI: Operation Ouch


It has been over 100 years since the start of World War I (WWI). The British Red Cross has created a suite of eight primary lesson plans to support a CBBC ‘Operation Ouch WWI special’ film, which looks at the impact of World War I from a humanitarian perspective.

The session plans include a variety of classroom activities and discussion ideas all linked to the film.

The film



To view the film simply enter the password "Ouch" and click 'Watch Video'.


Learning objectives

Learners will:

  • gain an overall understanding of the history of WWI
  • compare and contrast a society in the past with our own 
  • express their thoughts and feelings through various media
  • discover how to manage risk to physical, emotional health and wellbeing.

Lesson plans and curriculum links

The lesson plans encourage pupils to understand, conceptualise and reflect on the impact of armed conflict from a humanitarian perspective.

Each 40-minute lesson plan is linked to a specific area of the primary curriculum for 7–11-year-olds.

Download the complete resource or choose from individual lesson plans:




Lesson 1: Film and French

Watch the Operation Ouch WWI Special film and learn more about the origin of some common English words and phrases.


Lesson 2: History

See how far prosthetic limbs have come since WWI and write a letter to the Unknown Soldier.


Lesson 3: H&W, PSE, PSHE, PMDU

Think about what it means to improvise and how first aid techniques have developed in the last 100 years.


Lesson 4: PE

Develop skills of working with others and demonstrating tactics within competition whilst learning about infection of wounds during WWI.


Lesson 5: Literacy

Use poetry to explore the physical and emotional impact of WWI on soldiers who fought in it.


Lesson 6: Science

Experiment with the science of sounds and understand how explosions in WWI damaged soldiers’ hearing.


Lesson 7: Maths

Do quick mental calculations and start to understand the vast numbers of people affected by different events during WWI. 


Lesson 8: Art

Make your own poppies to remember the soldiers who died during WWI.




Operation Ouch! is produced by Maverick Television Ltd for CBBC