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Services offered by the Archives to Key Stage 3

These are our fixed topics. If your school is studying any other topic then please contact us because we may be able to help.

Key Stage 3: First World War

Topic outline

This session will help students commemorate the centenary of the First World War. Students will explore the important role that women played in the conflict as munitions workers, nurses and Land Girls.  Attention will also be given to the moving story of local conscientious objectors. These men refused to fight in the War because of their religious and political beliefs. Were conscientious objectors cowards or heroes?

Swansea had its own local 'pals' battalion. Learn about their terrible sacrifice at Mametz Wood in 1916. What were the advantages and disadvantages of local 'pals' battalions?  Prior to the War thousands of German men married local women and settled down in south Wales. Find out what happened to these families when Britain declared War on Germany in 1914.

Skills

  • Historical knowledge and understanding: pupils are given the opportunity to recognise the characteristic features and the diversity of experience of the First World War.
  • Interpretations of history: pupils are given the opportunity to consider differing views and representations of the First World War and understand the reasons for them.
  • Historical enquiry: pupils are given the opportunity to use a range of historical sources independently.
  • Range: pupils are given the opportunity to carry out investigations into historical issues, and to examine what significance this period of history has for our world today.

 

Key Stage 3: Jewish Refugees, 1933-1939

Topic outline

This session is designed to help students learn more about the plight of Jewish refugees fleeing persecution in Nazi Germany, 1933-1939. By using original documents students will explore the moving story of the Kindertransport, a mission that rescued 10,000 Jewish children from the Nazis between November 1938 and September 1939. Special attention is given to the life stories of two Kindertransport survivors who were brought to Swansea, Ellen Davis and Henry Foner.

Students will also have an opportunity to learn how the people of south Wales benefited from the arrival of Jewish refugee industrialists and doctors in the post-war period.

This session can help teachers prepare for Holocaust Memorial Day on the 27th January.


Skills

  • Historical knowledge and understanding: pupils are given the opportunity to learn about the dangers of prejudice and intolerance through the experience of Jewish children during the Second World War.
  • Interpretations of history: pupils are given the opportunity to learn about the Second World War from the viewpoint of refugee children in south Wales.
  • Historical enquiry: pupils are given the opportunity to use a range of historical sources independently.
  • Range: pupils are given the opportunity to carry out investigations into historical issues, and to examine what significance this period of history has for our world today.

 

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