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School children in The Great War – messages and mufflers

Scouts around WW1

Image: © Gazette series: Murray Dowding: Yate and District Heritage Centre

School girls who knitted socks for servicemen

Image: © Gazette series: Murray Dowding: Yate and District Heritage Centre

This is the story of the schoolchildren of Yate and Chipping Sodbury who ‘did their bit’ during the war. Girls and boys in local schools worked hard for the war effort. The girls were instructed at school on how to knit mufflers (scarves) and socks for the troops. The boys joined the scouts, ran messages and kept watch for the army stationed at Chipping Sodbury protecting the railway.

KS I/2

National Curriculum subject links:

  • History
  • English

Children in The Great War – Messages and Mufflers (PowerPoint)
Children in The Great War – Teachers Information (PDF)

Teachers Information:

This Learning Resource Contains:

  • A PowerPoint presentation
  • Accompanying Teacher’s Information and suggestion notes for each slide
  • Activity – Writing letters
  • Other First World War Project Learning Resources
  • Feedback form
  • This resource can also be used with the ‘Home Life in The First World War’ learning resource

Other Free Learning Resources available are:

The Great War – Life in the Trenches – The Alf Flux Kit Bag (Plus a Loans Box)*
The Girls who made Grenades – The Warmley Grenadiers
Empire Foods – The War at Sea – (Loans Box)*
The Amy Hill Autograph Book – Cleve Hill Hospital
The Amy Hill Autograph Book – Wounded on the Somme
The Hill and the Flux Family
Home Life during the First World War
The Armistice Day Investigation Quiz

*Loans boxes can be booked through your local South Gloucestershire Museums:

Frenchay Village Museum: e-mail:

Yate and District Heritage Centre: e-mail:

Thornbury and District Museum: e-mail:

Kingswood Heritage Museum: e-mail:

Avon Valley Railway Trust: – contact form


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