Football Remembers

The 1914 Christmas Truce

KS2: ages 7-11KS3: ages 11-14PDFWebsiteAvailable in Welsh

The Football Remembers education pack for teachers is designed to offer support and resources for pupils learning about the Truce events that took place in 1914, during the First World War. The pack includes a set of activity plans for teachers and a set of additional original documents to be used with those plans.

Activities are aimed at pupils aged 9-14 but can be adapted for older or younger audiences. Each unit contains background information, ideas for discussion and cross-curricular activities. There are learning outcomes, links to curriculum subjects and lists of additional resources. These can be used in individual lessons and assemblies or can form part of larger cross-curriculum projects over a number of subjects. They could also be a foundation for a joint curriculum project with a partner school overseas.

Topics and subjects covered include:

  • English, drama, media studies: hot seating, improvisation, writing and performing short plays, learn about footballers who fought in the war, study propaganda, write a truce diary
  • Languages: carry out truce conversations, use drama for language learning, read sources in the original language
  • Art and design: cartoons from the First World War; design a war memorial
  • Moral education: ethics and dilemmas
  • Sports activities: make a football, plan your football match, think about the skills footballers need
  • Conflict resolution: play a simulation game
  • History: interpret and review the sources, make a judgement on the significance of the truce; find a local footballer who fought in the war.


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