First World War Literacy Resources

Wings-Flyboy-03This is great opportunity to build on the national interest in the First World War centenary.

Reading  Over the Line , Wings: Flyboy and my new book Armistice Runner and using these resources can help develop children’s understanding and encourage reading for pleasure.

OTL-new coverFirst World War Literacy Resources (Powerpoints, Posters, Worksheets, Videos, First Chapter, A Short Story, Quiz, Playscripts and Classroom Discussion Guides) all follow below.

Activity, powerpoints and worksheets:

The Armistice Runner Challenge – a running and memory activity for schools Guidelines & certificate



Armistice Runner : Literacy & History powerpoint with missing punctuation worksheet, answers and-teacher’s notes

More Armistice Runner resources here

Posters – click on the images below:

over the line poster mini image      over the line jack poster mini image ww1 titles

Wings take to the skies   Wings take to the skies 2   Flyboy  Spitfire  typhoon

‘Over the Line’ has been a massive success this term.  Many of my reluctant readers have turned a corner so thank you very much!” Bradley Stoke Community School


Video 1 : Introduction

Take the quiz on video 1 here.

Video 2 : watch me read from Over the Line chapter 1

Video 3 : The Channel

Video 4: Inside a Trench

Video 5 : Delville Wood

Video 6 : Sid Wheelhouse’s Grave

Video 7 : The Flanders Cup


Year 7 Reading Response Scheme of Work very kindly shared by Sirius Academy  here

over the line picTry the first chapter of Over the line here.





RCall of Dutyead my short story Call of Duty about a modern footballer going to war here.




OTL 20 questionsTest your knowledge of Over the Line with the 20 questions quiz here.






Act a scene from Over the Line with playscripts here.



Chat about Over the Line with the classroom discussion guide here. classroom discussion guide




OTL certificateAward a signed certificate for classwork from Tom here.




More Teacher’s resources and posters here.


Read my blogs about writing and researching Over the Line

Reading War

Reading War

Visit the new online resource from Barrington Stoke packed with videos, playscripts, diaries and posters exploring the themes of the novels Over the Line by Tom Palmer and Tilly’s Promise by Linda Newbery, covering topics including soldiers in the trenches, football and football battalions, nursing and the Home  Although the First World War may not be in your history curriculum, many schools are using their literacy time to build on the national interest in the forthcoming centenary events.

“The narrative in this short novel is powerful and evocative. The emphasis on football will entice readers who might not think at first that historical fiction is “their thing”. The compelling voice of Jack will undoubtedly prove them otherwise.”

Euroe 2016 and the Battle of the SommeOver the Line 2016

I have written a sixteen chapter story for the National Literacy Trust to tie in with this June’s centenary of the Battle of the Somme.  It was set during the Euro 2016 football tournament and the main characters were school pupils on a battlefield tour and First World War soldiers.

  • Chapters 1-15 are now available from here.
  • A literacy toolkit of ideas to use in schools based around the Euro 2016 tournament and the centenary commemorations is available now from here.
  • otl certificateDownload your signed certificate to present to your school /class/ individual pupils in thanks for following Over the Line 2016 here.

“Just read the first chapter of your story with two Year 9 boys, it has captured their imagination and they can’t wait until the next installment!” North Durham Academy 


sid wheelhouse cardThis is the cigarette card of Sid Wheelhouse.

The photos below are of the Footb
aller’s Batallion Memorial, the cemetry near Couin and Delville wood today.

There are lots of photos of Delville Wood in 1916 here.


DSCF0394DSCF0408  DSCF0370The Lochnagar Crater is the largest example and it has been preserved, for photos see here.

For information on the Thiepval memorial, see here.

A short film from Imperial War Museum on the Somme 100 Years On here.

A spoken word poem by Molly Case for the Royal British Legion, see here. 

Leeds School Library Service have produced a comprehensive guide to First World War books here.

The remarkable stories of 175 men from 11 countries who were awarded the Victoria Cross during the First World War are brought together here 

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission has created Glory Days – an interactive resource through video and audio clips, animation, primary sources and lesson activities – to tell some of the footballer’s stories and looks at how they are remembered by recording their details and looking after their graves and memorials, see here for more.

There’s also a useful video here about the  McCrae’s Battalion 16th (Service) Battalion of the Royal Scots..

World War 1 School Archives are creating a centralised archive for schools to display and share their memories of the Great War.

The British Council have produced  The Football Remembers education pack for teachers in English & Welsh, designed to offer support and resources for pupils learning about the Truce events that took place in 1914, see here for more.

With the BBC and Imperial War Museum you can research First World War stories by postcode  using WW1 at home.

BBC have collected some of their sport in wartime footage here.

1914 Footage of the Footballers’ Battalion

ITV have footage here of Leyton Orient playing Leicester City in the final game of the 1914/15 season – at the end of the match the London side changed into their khaki uniforms and marched with the 17th Middlesex Regiment. They were part of the Footballers’ Battalion who fought and died in the First World War.


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