Watch this clip
You may need to watch this a few times and make notes. It is a video explaining why WW1 started.
Complete the comprehension worksheet based on this.
Using Google maps/Earth – look at map of Europe and explore countries and land pattern/spread of ally/central powers.
Complete the worksheet - blank map - using the internet/atlas to label the countries on the map. Make a key to identify countries from the different "sides".
Why do you think that Germany had Austria-Hungary as allies?
Do you think that these ‘neutral’ countries managed to stay neutral throughout the 4 years of ww1?
Looking at the map/ would you say Germany were in a strong position geographically?
We know lots of fighting took place in France – how do you think the Russian soldiers felt about this? Why? Looking at the map – were the UK at any advantage? Why/how?
Create a PowerPoint based on everything you have learnt about the outbreak of WW1 and the main countries / "sides"
If you would like, you can research WW1 further and add to this PowerPoint.
Try to find some Horrible Histories episodes/clips to help you learn some more interesting facts about WW1!