Lesson 1 - Battle Of Messines

Understanding 1917 & Beyond

Lesson 1 - 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



  • 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.

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.


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.


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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