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Trench Warfare

Resources to support teachers and pupils
English, First World War, History, Warfare

The First World War is undoubtedly one of the biggest turning points in modern history for Britain and the world. The war affected those fighting on the front line, those that supported behind it, and those that were left at home. Therefore it is a particularly strong topic to study challenges for Britain, Europe, and the wider world 1901 to the present day and as a local history study. It will also support those pupils taking AQA, Edexcel, and OCR GCSE papers.

We have designed the resources below to help your pupils learn, whether they are in the classroom or at home. They will also support and complement a visit. Click here to see our Trench Warfare workshop page.

Some resources were created during the lockdown and are specifically designed for those pupils learning at home.

Download the First World War Learning Resource Teacher Notes KS3 and KS4 (262 KB, pdf) for helpful information and tips on how these resources can assist in your lesson planning.


Recording of George A Weston’s letter

Stationed at Fort Nelson in 1914-15, George A Weston volunteered for the army in the early days of the war along with hundreds of thousands of other men. The recording below is of a letter home and gives a wonderful insight into the mind of a soldier of the First World War. A transcript of the letter and extra information about George are in the First World War Learning Resource Teacher Notes KS3 and KS4 (262 KB, pdf). The letter is used with the kind permission of Bill Weston, editor of Weston Papers: 1914-19 Bk 1 for educational purposes.


George A Weston Letter- First World War- Transcript (Word, 15 KB)

Photo bank

Use the images below for educational purposes for free. Hover the cursor over the image for more information and click to enlarge.

Weapons of the trenches

Other useful resources


Learning packs and resources

Trench Warfare Home Learners Pack (pdf, 1 MB)

First World War Learning Resource Teacher Notes KS3 and KS4 (pdf, 258 KB)

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