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Watch this clip

You may need to watch this a few times and make notes. It is a video explaining why WW1 started. 

Activity 1

Complete the comprehension worksheet based on this.


Activity 2

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?


Activity 3

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! 

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