Teachers' Notes

This resource looks at two ways that children contributed to the war effort in the First World War: The Overseas Club and Empire Day.

Curriculum links:

KS3 &4 History: World War One
KS4 Citizenship:  Community volunteering


Learning objectives: 

Knowledge of the role children played in the Great War
Understanding that all members of society were expected to play their part for the war effort
Skills in analysing and interpreting historical evidence

Discussion ideas:

Talk about the fundraising methods used during the First World War. How do they compare with fundraising today? What is the same, and what has changed? 

Activity ideas: 

Look at the Christmas 1915 appeal leaflet from the Overseas Club (above)
  • What kind of language does the leaflet use to encourage children to contribute to the fund? 
  • How is the leaflet trying to make them feel? 
  • Do you think it would be successful as a fundraising appeal? Why/why not? 
Design your own Christmas appeal to help soldiers at the front. Think about:
  • Who you are going to help, and how?
  • What sort of groups are you going to target with your fundraising appeal?
  • What you want them to do?
  • How would you persuade them to do it?
  • How you might reach them with your message? 
View other relevant resources on My Learning or scroll down to the bottom of the page for a list of related links and resources on this topic.
Empire Day certificate presented to Lottie Wilson by the Overseas Club to certify that she has helped to provide comfort to soldiers and sailors at the front
Leaflet from the Overseas Club appealing to children to bring a penny to school to pay for Christmas parcels for soldiers and sailors at the front
Message from Queen Alexandra in support of the Overseas Club Christmas penny appeal, 1915