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World War One (Primary)

08 May 2015

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Where can I find information about World War One?

LEVEL: Primary / Intermediate

World War One, also called the First World War, took place between 1914 and 1918. New Zealand fought as part of the Allies (the British Empire, France, Russia etc) against the Central Powers (German and Turks etc). Due to the centenary of the war, from 2014 to 2018, new and updated information will be being added to the websites sites mentioned below all the time.

There are not many websites that cover World War One aimed at primary and intermediate age school children, but there are useful sites out there.

One website that is really good is BBC Schools Primary. Click on World War One resources on the right-hand side of the page with the image of two children looking at an airship, then select Primary resources. If you scroll down the page you will be able to find out about what school was like 100 years ago, life on the front line, animals in war and many other topics. Don't forget to click into the headings under the main article title - these will take you to further facts.

HOT TIP: A trustworthy place to find information on stories currently in the news and historical events around the world are the websites created by the BBC.

Te Ara: the Encyclopedia of New Zealand is a great place to find out information about New Zealand and World War One. To find the right section, search on 'world war one' in the white search box at the top of the page. A result should come up called 'First World War'. This article has several pages and includes information about topics like the initial response to the outbreak of war, the Western Front and the impact of the war.

If you are looking for a website which goes into a bit more depth, we like NZHistory. To find the World War One (aka First World War) area choose 'New Zealand at war' from the three links under the main introduction. Next, choose 'First World War' from the options. Scroll down the page to see all the different topic areas, such as Gallipoli and the Balkans and the Home Front. This site (and Te Ara) include lots of pictures.

HOT TIP: We like these websites because they belong to Government organisations. If we scroll down to the bottom of the page we can see that the websites belong to the Ministry for Culture & Heritage, so the information is well-researched and reliable. 

The School Journal is a collection of resources supported by the Ministry of Education for New Zealand school students. Their issues from June 2014 contain lots of information about the First World War that are worth exploring. The articles cover everything from timelines to how World War One affected children in New Zealand, to the animal mascots of the war! You can either download pdfs of the entire Journal or pdfs of the article you are interested in.


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