< Back to: Activities

The Great War

Learning Objectives

Most pupils should learn:

  • Chronology of WWI
  • The role of the Warhorse through time
  • The countries involved
  • About life in the trenches
  • The significance of the Battle of Somme
  • About different artefacts from WWI

Some pupils will:

  • Write Haiku poetry about the life in the trenches
  • Name the main leaders during the war

Key words/phrases

Cavalry, Dug-Outs, No-man's land, Trench warfare, Archduke Franz Ferdinand, Bombardment, Conscientious Objectors, Conscription,Tanks, General Haig, Lord Kitchener, Wilfred Owen, Western Front, Britain, France, Russia, Germany, Austria, Hungary, Bulgaria, Ottoman Empire,


Centre staff will welcome your group and describe the day’s programme, learning objectives, and the health and safety issues. (10 mins)

½ Day Course Programme

With two Classes will then separate and sessions A and B will be interchangeable am and pm with session A generally led by the centre teacher.

Settling into the centre bags/ toilets etc (10 mins)

Session A

  • Walk up to the Royal Lancers Museum (10 mins)
  • Activity: Trench Warfare. Informative and thought provoking tour of a trench system (20 mins)
  • Activity: Haiku Poems. Thoughts and feelings about life in the trenches (15 mins)
  • Activity: Warhorses through the ages. Short plays created with genuine artefacts about local Warhorses from different periods of history (30 mins)
  • Walk back the to the Education Centre (10 mins)

Session B

  • The Battle of Somme. Significance of the Battle (10 mins)
  • Activity: Down the River Somme: Building Boats from man-made and natural materials to carry your troops and Warhorse down the River Somme (20 mins)
  • Activity: Boat racing: Down to the “River Somme” to race the boats. Pupils will get the chance to go in the
  • River Meden with wellies! (25 mins)
  • Walk back to the Education Centre (10 mins)


Back at the Centre the group will reflect on their day and consider how well the learning objectives have been met (5 – 10 mins).

Safety Considerations

Weather Conditions and clothing

Some clothes are available for children to get into role whilst they are at the centre. However, if the children can come in clothes appropriate for an evacuee this will help bring their trip to life. The centre teacher will contact the group leader if conditions are unsafe for the visit to continue.

Equipment supplied

Warhorse play resources, Boat building kits, Museum artefacts, Haiku sheets, clipboards, first aid kit.

Equipment needed from school

Wellies (we do have lots that can be borrowed).

Other Information

The actual programme may vary depending on the number and needs of pupils, length of visit and weather conditions.

Useful Information

July 28th 1914 – November 11th 1918

Allied Leaders

  • Britain: King George V
  • USSR: Tsar Nicholas II
  • France: President Raymond Poincaré
  • USA: President Woodrow Wilson

Central Powers

  • Germany: Emperor Kaiser Wilhelm II
  • Austria-Hungary: Emperor Franz Josef I
  • Bulgaria: Tsar Ferdinand I
  • Ottoman Empire: Sultan Mehmed V

Contact the Council

Find and talk with us online or contact us directly by online form, email, telephone, post or in person at one of our offices.

Facebook.com/Nottinghamshire Twitter.com/NottsCC Use our online form Visit us in person Call us on 0300 500 80 80