Walter's war

About this session

Key Stage 2 | Subject: History, English | Topics: War and Conflict | Session Type: Object handling

It is 1916 and war has broken out. Walter Croft’s friend and fellow member of the Royal Fusiliers explores the story of Walter’s wartime experience, using storytelling, role play and object handling to bring the past to life.

A costumed presenter will use contemporary and modern-day objects, photographs and documents, looking at the differing ways the war was viewed at the time.

This session was jointly created by the Tower of London and the Fusilier Museum, and asks children to consider the importance of remembrance.

Learning objectives

Children will:

  • Use objects as evidence to learn about the experience of soldiers during the First World War.
  • Understand the impact of war on individuals and their local area.
  • Develop their skills of historical enquiry by questioning a costumed character.

National Curriculum links

This session supports:

  • Extending chronological knowledge of significant events in British history beyond 1066.
  • Participating in discussions, presentations, performances, role play, improvisations.
  • Using spoken language to develop understanding through speculating, hypothesising, imagining and exploring ideas.

Booking Information

Available until end of summer term 2019
10.30, 12.00, 13.30
One hour
Up to 35 children
£95 plus admission

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