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KS3 History - Critical Analysis

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Summary

Year 9 pupils hone their critical analysis skills by examining the 1916 film Battle of the Somme. Part of a World War One in-depth study taught by Dale Banham, this lesson focuses on the higher order skill of inference.

Dale takes pupils through a detailed look at the war office film The Battle of the Somme, looking first for obvious clues to the messages behind the film and then drawing out the inferences. He gradually takes pupils deeper and deeper into the messages, language and images of the film, building to a shot-by-shot look at the scene where soldiers go "over the top".

Throughout the programme, Dale comments on the thinking behind his approach, alludes to some of the potential pitfalls and discusses how the in-depth study engages pupils in terms of its film-studies approach but also develops the critical skills which are required later on in Year 9 as well as at GCSE level.

This programme illustrates:

  • An in-depth look at pupils' reactions to videos on WWI
  • How to consider hidden messages in propaganda
  • How to encourage older pupils to probe deeper into historical evidence without falling victim to cynicism

For a Q&A with Dale Banham and other materials visit our resources and support materials page.

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