WWI – Operation Ouch!
This cross-curricular teaching package encourages learners to explore and reflect on the humanitarian impact of conflict.
- Teaching package, film
It has been over 100 years since the start of World War One (WWI). This series of eight primary lesson plans support a CBBC 'Operation Ouch! WWI Special' film, which looks at the impact of WWI.
- gain an understanding of the history of WWI
- compare and contrast the past and present
- express their thoughts and feelings
- apply their learning to physical and emotional health and wellbeing.
The session plans include a variety of classroom activities and discussion ideas all linked to the film.
Each 40-minute lesson is linked to a specific area of the primary curriculum for 7–11 year olds.
- 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 statue on Paddington Station.
- Lesson 3: PSHE
Think about what it means to improvise and how first aid techniques have developed in the last 100 years.
- Lesson 4: Physical Education (PE)
Develop skills of working with others and demonstrating tactics within competition whilst learning about infection of wounds during WWI.
- Lesson 5: English and Literacy
Use poetry to explore the physical and emotional impact of WWI on soldiers.
- 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.
Film: Operation Ouch! World War 1 Special
Watch the film here.
This resource was written by Helen Brooking and based on a concept by P J White. It was published in 2014. Operation Ouch! is produced by Maverick Television Ltd for CBBC.
The photo shows WWI British Red Cross volunteers (© British Red Cross).