The Battle of the Somme comic

The Battle Of The Somme: The story of William McFadzean

A comic resource that follows the enlistment of Billy McFadzean into the 36th (Ulster) Division and his participation in the Battle Of The Somme.

Resource Intentions
  1. Identify the reasons why men enlisted for the First World War from the viewpoint of William McFadzean; and
  2. Describe why McFadzean became an iconic figure in some sections of the community in Northern Ireland.

Areas of Learning

Environment and Society

History

Objective 1: Developing pupils as Individuals

Explore how history has affected their personal identity, culture and lifestyle.
(Personal Understanding)

Objective 2: Developing pupils as Contributors to Society

Investigate the long and short term causes and consequences of the partition of Ireland and how it has influenced Northern Ireland today including key events and turning points.
(Citizenship)

Investigate the impact of significant events/ideas of the 20th century on the world.
(Cultural Understanding)

Learning for Life & Work

Local and Global Citizenship

Diversity and Inclusion

Investigate how and why conflict, including prejudice, stereotyping, sectarianism and racism may arise in the community. Investigate ways of managing conflict and promoting community relations, reconciliation.

Equality and Social Justice

Explore how inequalities can arise in society including how and why some people may experience inequality or discrimination on the basis of their group identity.

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.
(Mutual Understanding)

Explore the use of language and imagery in conveying and evoking a variety of powerful feelings.
(Spiritual Awareness)

Irish 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.
(Mutual 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)

The Arts

Art and Design

Objective 1: Developing pupils as Individuals

Express themselves through Art and Design.
(Personal Understanding)

Work with other pupils to produce a creative response to group expressions of identity.
(Mutual Understanding)

Investigate and respond to works of art that inspire and relate to their lives and experiences.
(Spiritual Awareness)

Objective 2: Developing pupils as Contributors to Society

Make an informed and critical response to a social/environmental issue.
(Citizenship)

Explore the diversity of various cultures that are expressed through Art and Design.
(Cultural Understanding)

Drama

Objective 1: Developing pupils as Individuals

Express themselves emotionally and imaginatively through drama and improvisation.
(Personal Understanding)

Explore and respond to the views and feelings of others.
(Mutual Understanding)

Cross Curricular Learning

Using ICT

The resource presents pupils with the opportunity to develop their ICT skills in the disciplines of Desktop Publishing and Working with Sound. Completing tasks in poster-making and scripting and recording a news bulletin requires pupils to use Comic Life and Audacity (recommended software) to realise their ideas and showcase their learning in a digital capacity.

Working in groups or pairs and completing the tasks using these software packages also provides pupils with the opportunity to develop and demonstrate their Thinking Skills and Personal Capabilities.

Communication

The resource provides pupils with the opportunity to develop their talking and listening, reading and writing skills through independent learning and group activities. Completing the ICT and creative writing tasks enable pupils to express themselves, develop as individuals, engage with others and improve skills that will help them to contribute as members of society.

Opportunities to develop Thinking Skills and Personal Capabilities

The tasks within the resource provide pupils with the opportunity to think both critically and creatively and to develop personal and interpersonal skills, both in an independent and group capacity.

  • Managing Information
  • Thinking, Problem-Solving, Decision-Making
  • Being Creative
  • Working With Others
  • Self-Management

In partnership with The Nerve Centre Creative Centenaries