This activity immerses children in what life was like for a new recruit at the beginning of World War 1.
Children will find out about:
- Home life in a pit village in 1914.
- The clothing worn at the time, including, civilian and military uniform.
- Why men signed up at the start of WW1
- Life for newly recruited soldiers in WW1 including the process of joining up and the equipment issued to recruits.
- Life in a training camp preparing to go to war.
This activity will be led by someone in role as a soldier who was been recruited to join the army. He is home on leave from a training camp. The children will have the opportunity to ask questions, hear his stories and explore his equipment and kit bag. Discussion will revolve around questions such as:
- Why he joined up and who he joined up with
- What life was like in a training camp – activities, food, accommodation etc.
The pupils will have an opportunity to handle the contents of the Kit Bag and the replica rifle.
Target Age: Key Stage 2
Cost: £35 per half class
Duration: 45 minutes
Group size: 15
Season: All year