WW1 & Remembrance

Living on the Frontline.

Workshop length: 1 hour

Suitable for: KS1-3

Thousands of soldiers from Britain and its Empire passed through Folkestone on their way to the Western Front. Explore what life was like for a local family in Folkestone during WW1 using original source material, letters and photographs. Handle original material from the Great War and learn about Belgian refugees, air raids, Folkestone Harbour Station café, rationing and baseball! Discover the story of Folkestone born Walter Tull, professional footballer and WW1 hero. For the longer workshop you can include the bombing of Tontine Street in 1917 and consider why the Great War still impacts today and how we commemorate the war dead.

During the workshop, you can:

• Examine original documents and images

• Handle objects from the period

• See original footage of Folkestone during WW1

• Learn a WW1 song

• Walk to Tontine Street to see the site of the bombing


Pre-visit: Create a WW1 timeline

Post-visit: Pupils can write a letter, either from the vantage point of a local person or a soldier, describing what life was like in Folkestone during WW1 including photos and drawings. If a longer workshop class can research the Tontine Street bombing further and create a memorial to the victims.

National curriculum links:
History (Local History)

• Pupils learn about significant historical events, people and places in their own locality

• Pupils will identify similarities and differences between ways of life in different periods

• Pupils will learn about events beyond living memory


KS2 – 3
• Pupils will make a local history study

• Pupils will make a study of an aspect or theme in British history that extends their chronological knowledge beyond 1066

• A significant turning point in British history (World War 1)

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