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In order for you to enhance the learning of the Virtual Cemetery we have created a range of lesson activities and plans that you may wish to utilise with your students.  Each plan is flexible, easy to differentiate for each specific class and freely downloadable.

The following lesson plans will be coming soon…check back regularly for updates.

KS2

Explore the importance of war memorials

This lesson allows your students to explore the different reasons people visit war memorials and analyse what they can learn from past wars.

Explore religion through remembrance

This lesson allows your students to  explore  different religious symbols and iconography within the CWGC cemeteries and will allow your students to discover the reasons behind religious symbols during mourning.

KS3

Compare and contrast the importance of a headstone

KS3 Compare and contrast the importance of a headstone Lesson Plan

This lesson explores the difference in the headstone design during the early days of the CWGC and will allow your students to investigate the symbolism used.

Explore religion through remembrance

KS3 Explore religion through remembrance Lesson Plan

This lesson explores different religious symbols and iconography within the CWGC cemeteries and will allow your students to discover the reasons behind religious symbols during mourning.

Explore the importance of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC)

This lesson explores the importance of remembrance, allowing your students to analyse the work and relevance of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC).

Explore the importance of war memorials

This lesson allows your students explore the different reasons people visit war memorials and analyse what they can learn from past wars.

Explore the History of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission

This lesson explores how the men and women were commemorated during the early years of the First World War and allows your students to analyse the importance of commemoration during the post war years.

Teachers Notes

Welcome to the Commonwealth War Graves Commission’s (CWGC) Virtual Cemetery educational microsite.

 

At the CWGC we commemorate the 1,700,000 men and women of the Commonwealth forces who died in the two world wars.  Our cemeteries, burial plots and memorials are a lasting tribute to those who died in some 153 countries across the world.  Our register records details of Commonwealth war dead so that graves or names on memorials can be located.

 

Visiting possibilities

Here at the CWGC we actively encourage schools and youth groups to visit our cemeteries and memorials.  This new virtual cemetery can be used as a pre-visit resource so that your students have a better understanding of our organisation which will ultimately enhance their learning experience at any of our sites.

We do understand that visiting our cemeteries or memorials may not be possible for everyone.  This new virtual cemetery will hopefully give your students a closer look into what a typical CWGC cemetery is like.  We hope this new resource will engage students with the CWGC and allow them to explore the ideas of remembrance, reflection and understanding.

 

Key Stages 2 and 3

The Virtual Cemetery is designed to be an introduction to the CWGC, our cemeteries and memorials.  It is suitably aimed at students within Key Stages 2 and 3.   The resource has the potential to engage students in a variety of ways, through different topics that will stretch their understanding of remembrance and the world wars.

The resource will allow students to debate challenging topics such as the way men and women were treated in the two world wars, how those men and women are remembered now and ultimately the relevance of keeping their memories alive.  The diverse make up of those who died during the two world wars can easily be studied to explore the diversity within the UK and the Commonwealth.

 

How the microsite works

The Virtual Cemetery is a simple concept that can be used as a teacher led resource, or for the students to be working through the microsite independently or through group work.  The Virtual Cemetery can be easily divided into five sections; the history and relevance, the staff of the CWGC, the stone of remembrance, the cross of sacrifice and the people we commemorate.  Each section includes a short video clip and a image gallery which could be used as a lesson’s starter stimulus.

The microsite is designed to be child friendly, so that they can use the site independently using the similar functions and icons they are used to through using ipads, mobile phone apps and other platforms.

 

Lesson possibilities

The six short videos within the resource can be used as scene setting stimulus of the two world wars and remembrance or as part of a deeper thematic approach.

You will also find that the Virtual Cemetery enhances our existing CWGC educational resources.  This new resource could be used as the introduction to remembrance and then your class moves on to a more specialist angle.  One example would be using our DVD Let us die like Brothers to learn about the history and personal experiences of volunteers of the South African Labour Corps and the sinking of the SS Mendi during the First World War.

Please see below an overview of the achievable skills and understandings that could be achieved through using this resource within both Key Stages 2 and 3.
KS2 Achievable Skills

Citizenship

Preparing to Play an Active Role as Citizens
Respecting Differences Between People

English

Creative writing
Speaking
Listening
Reading
Group Discussion

History

Chronicle  Understanding
Historical Interpretation
Knowledge and Understanding
Historical Enquiry

Religious Education

Diversity within the UK
Community Cohesion
Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development

 

KS3 Achievable Skills and Understanding

Citizenship

Critical Thinking and Enquiry
Global Community
Range and Content
Rights and Responsibilities
The Work of Not for Profit Organisations
Community Engagement
War and Peace
Diversity
Democracy and Justice
The Role of the Military, Past, Present and Future

English

Speaking and Listening
Reading for Meaning
Critical Understanding
Cultural Heritage
Creative Writing

History

Local, British, European and World History
Changing Nature of Conflict
Our Past
Chronological Understanding
Cultural, Ethnic and Religious Diversity
Change and Continuity
Cause and Consequence
Significance and Relevance
Historical Interpretation
Historical Enquiry

Religious Education

Diversity within the UK
Philosophical and Ethical Issues
War and Peace
Community Cohesion
Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development

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