South Yorkshire company helps schoolchildren learn about World War One

31 July 2014

More than a thousand primary schools have been sent a free project to help children study World War One in its centenary year.

The limited-edition Fallen Fields project was produced by creative curriculum writers Cornerstones Education and offered free to schools across England and Wales last month.

Since then, more than a thousand schools have taken a copy of the project, many downloading its teaching and learning resources direct from the company’s website.

Cornerstones anticipates many teachers to lead lessons on the subject next term in the run up to Remembrance Day.

This Monday (August 4th) marks the 100th anniversary of the UK’s declaration of war with Germany.

Cornerstones curriculum director Melanie Moore said: “The First World War is being commemorated all over the country in this its 100th anniversary year.

“We felt it was important younger generations develop a good knowledge and understanding of this significant and complex period in our history, so we wrote this complimentary project to help teachers prepare learning experiences which will enable pupils to investigate every aspect of conflict in a sensitive and thoughtful way.”

Fallen Fields is aimed at ten and eleven-year olds and comes with ready-made learning resources such as presentations, song lyrics and maps as well as photographs, poems, paintings and website links.

It incorporates facts and figures about the First World War and suggestions for activities such as creating timelines and newspaper articles; planting poppies; and interviewing family members to ask if they have any stories passed down about the 1914-1918 conflict.

Children may focus on topics including war horses, the impact of the war on women, trench warfare, the homefront and propaganda. The project even provides a step-by-step guide to help the children organise their own Remembrance Day event.

The Fallen Fields project follows the creative learning format of all Cornerstones imaginative learning projects, which means it is designed to help children think for themselves; encouraging them to engage, develop, innovate and express themselves, while at the same time providing comprehensive coverage of the National Curriculum.

Free copies of Fallen Fields are still available for primary schools – and the project is also suitable for Year 7 pupils at secondary schools. To download, visit: Additional resources will be e-mailed.


Notes to editor

Photo shows an image of poppies from the front of the Fallen Fields project.

*Any media who would like to contact a school using Fallen Fields next term, please get in touch and we will try and put you in contact with an interested school.

For further information please contact Julia McInally at Cornerstones on 0844 335 0300 or

Cornerstones is based at Fields End Business Park, Goldthorpe, Barnsley, South Yorkshire S63 0JF, telephone 0844 335 0300.

Cornerstones Education Ltd was established by a team of former teachers and education advisors in 2010. Cornerstones comprehensive creative curriculum for three to 11-year-olds includes over 70 cross-curricular projects on many different themes and is now used by over a thousand schools across England and Wales.

All Cornerstones resources are thorough yet flexible and are designed to help teachers deliver high quality lessons; save them time planning; and enable them to spend more time with children in the classroom.

Additional media contact: Steph Pollard at or on 01226 766900/ 0776 196 4492.

Audio clips: Cornerstones curriculum director Melanie Moore explains why they have created the project

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