The Cold War

English, History, ICT
Age Groups:
KS3, KS4

Update October 2017 – Now with Nuclear Strike Virtual Reality experience.

The LGfL Cold War resource spans borders, ideologies and even realities; interviewing spies, journalists and dissidents; visiting prisons, concentration camps, and museums; filming underground, above ground and from the air; and uncovering documents, images and secrets never before revealed.

It targets and supports the delivery of specific areas of the revised KS3 History and English National Curriculum and the requirements of multiple GCSE examination boards.

Lead presenter and consultant to the project is eminent historian, espionage expert and author Dr Helen Fry, who presents to camera from locations as diverse as a UK government nuclear bunker, former Stasi Prison, and the Brandenburg Gate. She shows how a historian works – after months of research at the National Archives in London, she examines the locations and interviews the people. And these include a former Stasi prisoner, former British Military Intelligence Officer, and a Reuters East Berlin correspondent (bestselling author and MI6 spy – Frederick Forsyth). Dr Fry sourced recently declassified MoD documents, plus personal photos from Churchill’s bodyguard, and ensured that these and many more materials are available for educators and students.

A series of accompanying curriculum materials has been created by exam-board adviser and GCSE textbook author Ben Walsh, who has crafted a series of ingenious lesson activities to complement schools’ existing schemes of work. Tasks help learners use the exclusive materials to conduct their own research and delve into the murky world of the Cold War.

The Cold War is divided into thematic and curriculum sections, but all documents, images, and videos (over 300 historical and contemporary assets) are searchable via the resource bank, allowing teachers to fully disaggregate this wealth of primary and secondary-source material.

To bring the era to life, 22 state-of-the-art augmented-reality artefacts can be viewed via a mobile app (e.g. watch a Reagan/Churchill/Kennedy speech bursting from a printed page). An interactive timeline lends perspective to an era which must be viewed in the context of World War II and events across several continents. And the mapping functionality not only plots key areas, but using Google Maps® technology, shows how key sites look today.

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