August 2014 marked the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War. At the time, it was simply called the Great War – the war to end all wars. But there were wars before, and there have certainly been wars since, so why do we need to remember the events that occurred almost a century ago?
On 4 August 1914, Britain joined the bloodiest human conflict the world had ever known. It was a global war, a total war, and nothing would ever be the same again. Very few people from the participating nations remained unaffected. It was a war that reached out and touched everyone’s lives in some way, affecting all aspects of life at home.
This cross curriculum project allows pupils to build upon their previous knowledge of the Great War and gain a more in depth understanding of why the war happened, why it was different to any war that had come before and why it has changed the nature of warfare that has come since.
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