Lesson 2 - Passchendaele

Understanding 1917 & Beyond

Lesson 2 - Passchendaele

The Battle of Passchendaele (officially known as the Third Battle of Ypres) occurred between 31st July – 10th November 1917 and was an allied offensive against the German Empire that took place in the area known as the Ypres Salient around the town of Ypres in West Flanders, Belgium. It is known as one of the bloodiest – and muddiest – battles of the First World War.

Resources with links to Statutory Requirements



  • Discover personal perspectives from those who experienced the battle and how it affected them.
  • 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 from personal viewpoints, which serves 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 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:

  • ask focused questions;
  • 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:

  • justify methods, opinions and conclusions;
  • generate possible solutions, try out alternative approaches, and evaluate outcomes;
  • 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;
  • learn from and value other people’s ideas;
  • make ideas real by experimenting with different designs, actions, and outcomes;
  • challenge the routine method; and
  • take risks for learning.

Working with Others

Pupils have the opportunity to:

  • listen actively and share opinions;
  • give and respond to feedback;
  • take personal responsibility for work with others and evaluate their own contribution to the group; and
  • suggest ways of improving their approach to working collaboratively.


Pupils have the opportunity to:

  • be aware of their personal strengths, limitations and interests;
  • organise and plan how to go about a task;
  • review learning and some aspect that might be improved; and
  • compare their own approach with others’ and in different contexts.

Opportunities to develop

Possible Task

Record a Podcast from the Front Lines

Using the resources for inspiration, plan and create a podcast that places you on the front lines during the Battle of Passchendaele. Report on why the battle is taking place, which stage of the battle it is, what you see around you and any other information you feel may be relevant.

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

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