A Century's Memories: Wartime Women Wanted

Write an artistic composition, including narrative and music, to accompany a newsreel focusing on the role of women in World War 1.

Years: 4, 5, 6

Duration: 120mins

Curriculum Objectives: 8

Subjects: English, Music

Resource Overview

Introduce your class to World War 1, life during this time, and the role of women during the war.  Listen to audio files from relatives of women in Bath and North East Somerset who had a role to play in the war and explore the different employment opportunities available to them.  Using the information provided, pupils will compose a short narrative and musical piece to accompany an authentic newsreel clip and promote a particular job.

A Century’s Memories was an oral history project undertaken by Bath & North East Somerset Council to commemorate the Centenary of the First World War. Young students and army cadets interviewed older residents across the district about what their families and communities had done during the War, and how the War had impacted on their lives. An illustrated book and Key Stage 2 Learning Pack were produced using the stories shared, and the interviews were archived at Bath Record Office.


Resource Assets


Wartime Women Wanted Lesson Plan

Everything you need to know to teach this lesson. Including all links to resources, step by step guidance, curriculum objectives and extension opportunities


Wartime Women Wanted PowerPoint

Supporting PowerPoint introducing the role of women in WW1 including audio clips from relatives of women from Bath and NE Somerset who worked during the war.


Newsreel PowerPoint

A collection of all of the newreel video files together in a PowerPoint


Graphic Notation PowerPoint

PowerPoint introducing graphic notation to pupils containing everything they need to compose their own piece.

Curriculum Objectives

  • Year 5 and 6 (Age 9-11)
    • Identify the audience for and purpose of writing, selecting the appropriate form and using other similar writing as models.
    • Note and develop initial ideas, drawing on reading and research where necessary.
    • Perform their own compositions, using appropriate intonation, volume, and movement so that meaning is clear.
    • Select appropriate grammar and vocabulary, understanding how such choices can change and enhance meaning.
  • Play and perform in solo and ensemble contexts, using their voices and playing musical instruments with increasing accuracy, fluency, control and expression.
  • Improvise and compose music for a range of purposes using the inter-related dimensions of music.
  • Listen with attention to detail and recall sounds with increasing aural memory.
  • Use and understand staff and other musical notations.