What Price Peace? A Teaching Resource for Primary Schools Exploring Issues of War and Peace by Chris Hudson


What Price Peace? A Teaching Resource for Primary Schools Exploring Issues of War and Peace by Chris Hudson

What Price Peace? provides ten units of classroom material and three assemblies for 5-11s based around the theme of the First World War. A century on, with British armed forces continuing to serve in trouble spots around the world, study of the 'Great War' offers children the opportunity to engage with powerful issues of faith and belief, helping them to think through questions such as: Is fighting always wrong? How can we work out what is true? How should bullying be resisted? Are some people worth more than others? How do we deal with fear, pain and suffering? Can we really love our enemies as Jesus said? Each unit contains background information, an imaginative retelling of a real-life event, and cross-curricular activities related to RE, History, Literacy and PSHE/Citizenship.


It is strange that primary schools rarely cover the First World War. But this year is surely an exception. What Price Peace? A teaching resource for primary schools exploring issues of war and peace, by Chris Hudson (BRF, GBP8.99) is, therefore, a welcome arrival on the bookshelves. The volume is suitable for a cross-curricular approach, using the war as a focus for RE, history, PSHE, and particularly literacy. Parents and grandparents will be grateful that the school is undertaking this on their behalf. The unimaginable slaughter involved is probably why schools have shied away from even mentioning it. And yet the Christmas truce, Woodbine Willie, The Wipers Times, the Angel of Mons, and Toc H, among many more, open the door to imaginative, but also factual consideration of the war years. Michael Morpugo's brilliant stories for children, Warhorse and Private Peaceful, provide the ideal background for two of the author's chosen themes: the white feather, and the widespread affection for animals felt by soldiers on the Western Front. As Britain struggles again, in 2014, to come to terms with its position within Europe and the world, there is surely an ever-urgent responsibility on schools to explain to our children the events that have created and defined our island story. And this is a year like no other: the 70th anniversary of D-Day takes place on 6 June, and it is the centenary of the start of the First World War. The publishers have got it right. To tackle the First World War in primary schools is an idea whose time has come. Church Times Education feature, June 2014

About the Author

Chris Hudson is part of BRF's Barnabas Children's Ministry Team. An experienced teacher, author and trainer, dedicated to promoting high quality teaching and learning in primary schools, he provides regular INSET for schools on a variety of themes related to the Bible and Christianity, together with Barnabas RE Day storytelling, drama and music workshops for schoolchildren. He has written a number of books.

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192 pages


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Publication date

21st March 2014



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