Lesson 1 - Armistice

Understanding 1917 & Beyond

Lesson 1 - Armistice

On the 11th November 1918, the Allies and Germany signed an armistice that ended the fighting on the Western Front and marked defeat for the German forces.

Resources with links to Statutory Requirements



  • Review and utilise the content in the links as a tool for discussion, application and understanding of the topic of the 1918 Armistice and how this event is remembered and commemorated.
  • 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:

  • ask focused questions;
  • select, classify, compare and evaluate information;
  • use a range of methods for collating, recording and representing information; and
  • communicate with a sense of audience and purpose.

Thinking, Problem-Solving and Decision-Making

Pupils have the opportunity to:

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

Being Creative

Pupils have the opportunity to:

  • seek out questions to explore and problems to solve;
  • experiment with ideas and questions;
  • make new connections between ideas/information;
  • learn from and value other people’s ideas;
  • challenge the routine method; and
  • take risks for learning.

Working with Others

Pupils have the opportunity to:

  • listen actively and share opinions; develop routines of turn-taking, sharing and cooperating;
  • give and respond to feedback;
  • take personal responsibility for work with others and evaluate their own contribution to the group; and
  • respect the views and opinions of others and reach agreements using negotiation and compromise.


Pupils have the opportunity to:

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

Opportunities to develop

Possible Task

Plan and create a slideshow/movie about the signing of the Armistice.

Using images and a recorded voiceover, explain how the armistice came into effect and how it has come to be commemorated.

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

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