Conflict and its consequences

Our free teaching resources look at the impact of conflict and help young people to understand the laws which help to protect people in conflict zones.

Explore conflict and its consequences with our free lesson plans, ideal for History and Citizenship teachers.

Get primary and secondary teaching ideas about:

  • past and present-day conflicts, such as World War One or the conflict in Syria
  • the rules of war and what constitutes a violation of International Humanitarian Law
  • the humanitarian impact of conflict, and what it might be like to live in a war zone
  • how people like aid workers, child soldiers and prisoners of war are affected by conflict.
Soldiers in the trenches in WWI.

Age: 14-19

Type: Lesson plan, video

Subjects: Citizenship, Drama, English

Learn more about World War One and what it might have been like to “go over the top” using an impactful film to explore the humanitarian impact of armed conflict.

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Two young women embracing amid the rubble of a ruined building.

Age: 11-16

Type: Quick activity, photo

Subjects: PSHE

Explore a photograph of two sisters reunited after a devastating airstrike in Syria.

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WWI Operation Ouch

Age: 7-11

Type: Teaching package, film

Subjects: History

Help children explore the impact of World War One on those affected through a series of curriculum-linked lesson plans.

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Primary children drawing together.

Age: 5-19

Type:

Key dates and awareness days to help plan your lessons.

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  • Disasters and emergencies
  • First aid and the bystander effect
Children in class with their hands up.

Age: 5-19

Type:

Request or download a free teaching pack which includes a guide to our resources, a pen and a poster.

  • Conflict
  • Disasters and emergencies
  • First aid and the bystander effect
Rules of war

Age: 14-19

Type: Lesson plan, video

Subjects: Citizenship, PSHE

Use these thought-provoking activities to help young people explore International Humanitarian Law and how it is applied in situations of armed conflict.

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Justice and fairness

Age: 14-16

Type: Teaching package

Subjects: Citizenship

Explore issues of justice and fairness through the lens of international humanitarian law.

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A boy holding an aid parcel.

Age: 7-19

Type: Teacher briefing

Subjects: Cross-curricular

A handy glossary of some of the words that commonly appear in our online teaching resources.

  • Conflict
  • Disasters and emergencies
  • First aid and the bystander effect
A child soldier

Age: 14-19

Type: Lesson plan

Subjects: Citizenship

Lesson plan exploring child soldiers and how some armies and militias forcibly recruit young people into armed conflict.

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A group of Rohingya people arrive by boats in the safety of darkness on 26 September 2017 on Shah Porir Dwip island, Bangladesh.

Age: 11-19

Type: Lesson plan, photo

Subjects: PSHE

Discuss the crisis in Myanmar and consider what people fleeing the violence may need.

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  • Newsthink