Schools plan lessons on World War One

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Sheffield headteachers are planning special lessons for every school in the city to teach youngsters more about the First World War.

Changes to the curriculum will be introduced soon and will last for the next four years, mirroring the length of the conflict.

The idea has come from the City Wide Learning Body, a group which includes many of Sheffield’s most influential heads and school leaders.

It has commissioned a number of schools to work with the council of the project, preparing a variety of commemorative activities for both primaries and secondaries, including events, visits and classroom materials.

The work is being co-ordinated by a World War One Commemorations Schools Group, consisting of teachers, council staff, employees of Museums Sheffield and members of the Parents’ Assembly.

Coun Jackie Drayton said: “One of the many important goals of this project will be to establish valuable legacies for the city.

“One of these is to ensure that children at school now and in the future grow up knowing the huge sacrifices that were made on their behalf by previous generations.”

Notre Dame RC High is one of the schools involved, and will be piloting activities in the summer, including their pupils visiting a primary school to do a presentation around their experiences of a recent trip to the battlefields.

History teacher Shaun O’Connor said: “My pupils have visited first-hand the battlefields in Europe where so many men young and old lost their lives, many from Sheffield itself.

“I am glad my pupils will now be able to share their experiences with younger pupils to tell them what they have learned.”