Use these resources as support for standalone investigations into The Battle of the Somme, or as thorough preparation or follow up work for your class’ visit to The Shrouds of the Somme in London. The activities enclosed encourage pupils to explore how the battle unfolded and the subsequent impact felt, both locally and nationally. They also seek to develop pupils’ skills across several subjects areas – numeracy, literacy, geography and history – through a varied set of primary and secondary resources. Please download by clicking on buttons below:

KS2 Resource (PDF)

KS3 Resource (PDF)

These excellent resources were adapted from the excellent ones Simon Bendry developed as part of the First World War Centenary Battlefield Tour programme for UCL. A huge thank you to Simon and Vicky Price at UCL and to Lynelle Howson from CWGC whose contribution and support has made these resources possible.

Further resources:

Never Such Innocence

A multi-perspective ‘child friendly journey through the First World War’ that presents information through diverse means:


UCL Battlefield Tours

Resources originally intended for teachers and pupils participating in the battlefield tours programme, these thorough and well researched resources are hugely valuable to any Secondary school teacher:


National Army Museum 

For videos that support students’ exploration of the army more generally, as well as a film specifically about the Somme (there are also some gallery trails for classes who are visiting the museum itself):

CWGC Digital Archive of the 72,000

Any photos, stories or memories of the individual servicemen listed on the Thiepval Memorial can be submitted to our archive created by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission to provide lasting legacy of those who gave their lives.