This is a powerpoint on the Home Front 1914-18.

How far did the British way of life change during WW1?


In August 1914 Britain went to war against Germany. In the next four years Britain:

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  • created an army of millions through voluntary and compulsory enlistment
  • saw government control of food and essential industries
  • developed an economy totally geared to the demands of war
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In this gallery you are going to investigate the impact of this change on ordinary people and their lives during the war. You will use the sources and information in the case studies to write some summary reports on the impact of the war on civilians.


Click here for the link to the 4 galleries

You must attempt a comparison between the different approaches the Government used to win people over to the war effort.

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*You have four areas to look at:
***DORA
***Recruitment
***Shortages and rationing
***The workers

For each area you must look at:
***The actions taken by the government
***How these actions affected people
***How people reacted to government actions

Then you will need to assess whether the government should use these measures again.

Government Propaganda During WWI

Soon after war broke out in 1914, the British government realised that this new war would have many fronts. One of these fronts was public opinion - without the support of the people there was no way to win the war.

In this gallery you will investigate how and why the British government invested a huge amount of time, money and effort into getting across its message to its own people and people outside Britain. You will also consider how effective the government's efforts were.

Click here for the research task related to sources from the Government. You need to click on the big question to get the research task. All the sources from the government and people are on the left.

You must produce a set of research notes on as many aspects of WWI propaganda as possible. We will look at this in tomorrow's lesson

Mr McDermott History Set Half term Feb 2015 Holiday Homework

Look through the papers below and choose one to fully answer at home.

Paper 2 revision - Click here for the advice from the exam board

Click here for 2006 Paper - Key question: "Government propaganda failed to convince the British public to support for WW1"

Click here for 2004 Paper with excellent detail from sources D - G about the role of women in war time - attempt the questions related to these sources as they could be repeated this summer!

Click here for some excellent advice on a podcast

Click here for 2003 Specimen Paper on Volunteering for the Army

Click here for 2004 paper on Effects of WW1

Click here for 2006 paper on public support in WW1

Click here for the 2011 Paper on civilian and women life in the war we looked at 12th Feb 2015


Try and practise with the right timing and leave enough time for the last question (about 25 mins). Try to plan it quickly so you get a hierarchy of answers for both sides of the question (balance). You must give a judgement conclusion

I will collect it all in the Monday we come back - Mr McDermott


Key components of source question:

  • Question – Make sure you fully understand the question.
    • If it asks how far then explain what it shows and then the limitations
    • If it asks why then set it in the context of what you know
    • If it asks explain then quote useful bits of the source to back up your knowledge
    • If it asks about usefulness then make sure say what is useful and then what is omitted. If you only do half, you can only score half!
  • Provenance – Who Where When: How does this influence your interpretation of the source?
  • Content – How does the meaning and message of the source answer the question?
    • Remember to quote aspects or short phrases from the source to back up your argument
  • Context – What background information helps explain the source and aids answering the question?

Use the sources in this powerpoint to help you - click here.
  • Quickly plan your answer and make sure you use and evaluate as many of the sources as you can.
  • You need to repeat what you may have written before if only briefly but this is the difference between scoring 10 and 12 marks.
  • If you evaluate and provide a judgement you will get into the top level.
  • You need to make sure you quote from the sources as well.

Good luck with your practices
Here is a copy of the Specimen Paper II exam and markscheme to help you practise and see what the examiner wants.