Battle Of Messines

The Battle of Messines was an Allied offensive against the Germans on the Western Front that took place from 7th-14th June 1917. The objective was to capture Messines ridge, and then use the tactical advantage to push forward through the Western Front.

Resources with links to Statutory Requirements

Intentions

Intentions

  • Review the information within the links to examine the Battle of Messines from a number of different perspectives.
  • Using the information from the links as an example, prepare and complete a creative response to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the topic.

Sir Douglas Haig’s Fourth Despatch

Sir Douglas Haig’s fourth Despatch

The Long, Long Trail - The British Army in The Great War of 1914-1918

Tags: Info, Personal Account

Environment and Society: History

(Objective 1) Developing pupils as Individuals

Investigate individuals who are considered to have taken a significant moral stand and examine their motivation and legacy.

(Moral Character)

(Objective 2) Developing pupils as Contributors to Society

Investigate the impact of significant events/ideas of the 20th century on the world.

(Cultural Understanding)

Investigate critical issues in history or historical figures who have behaved ethically or unethically.

(Ethical Awareness)

Language and Literacy: English With Media Education

(Objective 1) Developing pupils as Individuals

Engage, through language, with their peers and with fictional and real-life characters and situations, to explore their own emotions and develop creative potential.

(Personal Understanding)

Explore and respond to others’ emotions as encountered in literature, the media, moving image and peer discussion.

Develop the ability to use language (including body language) effectively in communicating with and relating to others.

(Mutual Understanding)

Language and Literacy: Irish (in Irish Medium Schools) With Media Education

(Objective 1) Developing pupils as Individuals

Engage, through language, with their peers and with fictional and real-life characters and situations, to explore their own emotions and develop creative potential.

(Personal Understanding)

Explore and respond to others’ emotions as encountered in literature, the media, moving image and peer discussion.

Develop an understanding of the power of languages (including bi-lingualism and body language) to communicate and empathise with others.

Battle of Messines Ridge

Battle of Messines Ridge

History Channel - This Day In History

Tag: Info

Environment and Society: History

(Objective 2) Developing pupils as Contributors to Society

Investigate the impact of significant events/ideas of the 20th century on the world.

(Cultural Understanding)

Critically investigate and evaluate the power of the media in their representation of a significant historical event or individual.

(Media Awareness)

Investigate critical issues in history or historical figures who have behaved ethically or unethically.

(Ethical Awareness)

Language and Literacy: English With Media Education

(Objective 1) Developing pupils as Individuals

Engage, through language, with their peers and with fictional and real-life characters and situations, to explore their own emotions and develop creative potential.

(Personal Understanding)

Develop the ability to use language (including body language) effectively in communicating with and relating to others.

(Mutual Understanding)

Explore the use of language and imagery in conveying and evoking a variety of powerful feelings.

(Spiritual Awareness)

Language and Literacy: Irish (in Irish Medium Schools) With Media Education

(Objective 1) Developing pupils as Individuals

Engage, through language, with their peers and with fictional and real-life characters and situations, to explore their own emotions and develop creative potential.

(Personal Understanding)

Develop an understanding of the power of languages (including bi-lingualism and body language) to communicate and empathise with others.

(Mutual Understanding)

Explore the use of language and imagery in conveying and evoking a variety of powerful feelings.

(Spiritual Awareness)

Battle of Messines Ridge

Battle of Messines Ridge

Imerial War Museums - Photograph Collection of The Battle of Messines

Tag: Images

Environment and Society: History

(Objective 2) Developing pupils as Contributors to Society

Investigate the impact of significant events/ideas of the 20th century on the world.

(Cultural Understanding)

Critically investigate and evaluate the power of the media in their representation of a significant historical event or individual.

(Media Awareness)

Language and Literacy: English With Media Education

(Objective 1) Developing pupils as Individuals

Explore and respond to others’ emotions as encountered in literature, the media, moving image and peer discussion.

Develop the ability to use language (including body language) effectively in communicating with and relating to others.

(Mutual Understanding)

Explore the use of language and imagery in conveying and evoking a variety of powerful feelings.

(Spiritual Awareness)

(Objective 2) Developing pupils as Contributors to Society

Explore the power of a range of communication techniques to inform, entertain, influence and persuade.

(Media Awareness)

Language and Literacy: Irish (in Irish Medium Schools) With Media Education

(Objective 1) Developing pupils as Individuals

Explore and respond to others’ emotions as encountered in literature, the media, moving image and peer discussion.

Develop an understanding of the power of languages (including bi-lingualism and body language) to communicate and empathise with others.

(Mutual Understanding)

Explore the use of language and imagery in conveying and evoking a variety of powerful feelings.

(Spiritual Awareness)

(Objective 2) Developing pupils as Contributors to Society

Explore the power of a range of communication techniques to inform, entertain, influence and persuade.

Analyse and evaluate how a novel has been portrayed in film.

(Media Awareness)

Opportunities for Cross Curricular learning

Using ICT

The resources examine the topic utilizing a number of different media, which serve to engage pupils with the material, challenging them to think more creatively and encourage discussion.

The project could inspire tasks that would support presenting, researching, desktop publishing, working with moving images, working with images and working with sound.

Communication

The resources provide pupils with the opportunity to develop their talking and listening, reading and writing skills through independent learning and shared experience.

Opportunities for Thinking Skills and Personal Capabilities

Using the content, pupils have the opportunity to investigate meaning, explore ideas and analyse the information they are provided with. Within their individual learning, through group work and by questioning ideas, there is ample scope within the materials to include a focus on TS & PC. For this section, the following strands from the TS & PC framework are the most obvious to consider:

Managing Information

Pupils have the opportunity to:

  • select, classify, compare and evaluate information; and
  • communicate with a sense of audience and purpose.

Thinking, Problem-Solving and Decision-Making

Pupils have the opportunity to:

  • use different types of questions; and
  • make connections between learning in different contexts.

Being Creative

Pupils have the opportunity to:

  • experiment with ideas and questions;
  • make new connections between ideas/information;
  • challenge the routine method; and
  • take risks for learning.

Working with Others

Pupils have the opportunity to:

  • give and respond to feedback;
  • respect the views and opinions of others and reach agreements using negotiation and compromise; and
  • suggest ways of improving their approach to working collaboratively.

Self-Management

Pupils have the opportunity to:

  • organise and plan how to go about a task;
  • focus, sustain attention and persist with tasks; and
  • compare their own approach with others’ and in different contexts.

Opportunities to develop

Possible Task

Create a comic detailing why the battle took place and how it unfolded and ended.

Working in pairs, research the supplied content and identify images and information to be used in your comic. Perform some extra research into the aftermath of the battle and examine the relative success/failure from a British and German perspective.

Areas of Learning: The Arts (Art and Design), Language and Literacy (English/Irish with Media Education), Environment and Society (History)

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