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World War 1 Performance Pack - 'Archie Dobson's War'

Dance, music and drama activities which build towards a performance of our play for KS2 pupils called 'Archie Dobson's War, commemorating the outbreak of World War 1.

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Dance Resources 3 - Over the top!

The final programme of dance resources linking to World War 1. In this programme the dance activities explore trench warfare with a sequence about going 'over the top'. Then the focus moves on to the Armistice and the commemoration of the War and those who died. Extended music sequences from the programme are available from the Sound Resources programme, which also includes backing tracks from the songs and sound effects that can be used to enhance your staging of the play 'Archie Dobson's War'.

20mins

18 May 2018

Rank #1

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Music Resources 3 - Can you, can you remember?

The final programme of music resources linking to World War 1. The medley of contemporary songs includes 'Over there' and 'Home! Sweet home!' while the original song to learn - 'Can you, can you remember?' - invites the singers to reflect on the War and its enormous cost in human lives. The backing tracks for the songs are available as downloads from these pages and from the Sound Resources programme, where you'll also find sound effects sequences which can be used to enhance your staging of the play 'Archie Dobson's War'.

19mins

18 May 2018

Rank #2

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Dance Resources 2 - Over by Christmas

The second programme of dance resources linking to World War 1. The movement sequences in this download explore life in the trenches, then working in a munitions factory on the home front. Then it's back to the trenches for a sequence exploring the Christmas truce of 1914. Extended music sequences for the dances are available in the Sound Resources programme, along with sound effects which can be used to enhance your staging of the play 'Archie Dobson's War'.

20mins

18 May 2018

Rank #3

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Music Resources 2 - Stuck, stuck in the middle

The second programme of music resources linking to World War 1. The medley of contemporary songs to learn includes 'Hush, here comes a whizz-bang!' and 'We're here because we're here'. The original song is the grimly humorous 'Stuck, stuck in the middle' - about daily life stuck in the trenches. Backing tracks of all the songs are available in the Sound Resources programme, along with sound effects which can be used to enhance your staging of the play 'Archie Dobson's War'.

19mins

18 May 2018

Rank #4

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Dance Resources 1 - Countdown to war

The dance activities in this programme begin by contrasting 'town' and 'country' in the summer of 1914. There are also some simple steps to learn from a contemporary dance called 'The Castle Walk' before the declaration of war takes us to the parade ground for some military drill steps.The activities in the programme can be used to support your on-going work in dance at Key Stage 2. They also support a performance of our play 'Archie Dobson's War', commemorating the outbreak of World War 1. The programme is available to download.

20mins

18 May 2018

Rank #5

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Music Resources 1 - Listen to the fields

Music resources linking to World War 1. This programme has a medley of contemporary songs to learn - including 'It's a long way to Tipperary' - and also an original song which explores the mood in the summer of 1914 and provides a curtain-raiser for the school play 'Archie Dobson's War'. The programme is available to download.

19mins

18 May 2018

Rank #6

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World War 1 Performance Pack - Sound Resources

The programme offers sound resources to enhance your staging of the play 'Archie Dobson's War'. Included are the backing tracks of the songs (for pupils to sing along to), extended music sequences (for movement activities) and a variety of sound effects indicated in the playscript. Each of the sound resources is referenced in the playscript so that their use can be anticipated and accurately cued. Each individual sound resource can be downloaded as an mp3 file from this page (see 'Related Links' below).

30mins

4 Apr 2014

Rank #7