Time Traveller

World War I Drama Workshop

Years: 5, 6, 7
Subjects: Drama, History, English
Duration: 120 Minutes

Resource Overview

This learning resource presents a detailed guide for teachers and drama facilitators to deliver an interactive workshop which explores the experience of soldiers during WWI.

The workshop was devised for the Men Behind The Glass Project - a major restoration, education and community engagement initiative that was created and led by Campbell College and funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). The project focused on uncovering the family lives and military service of 126 pupils and one member of staff who lost their lives in the Great War and whose photographs are embedded in the Edwardian wood panelling in the College’s Central Hall.

This resource, which was designed and delivered by Living Legacies to participating Primary Schools includes drama and creative writing tasks which can be employed to engage pupils in the stories of the young Campbell College men, many of whom lived in their own localities over 100 years ago.

Resource Assets

Introduction and Overview

A summary of the Time Traveller workshop including an outline of the ‘Men Behind the Glass’ project.

Workshop Aims, Keywords and Weblinks

An outline of key objectives and dramatic terms used within the workshop and a list of useful websites for contextual information.


A short play for two performers which tells the story of Robert McConnell, his life as a Campbell College pupil and WWI soldier.

Workshop Plan

A step-by-step workshop guide for teachers which includes clear instructions on how to deliver whole class drama tasks and direct small group work.

Practical Resources

A collection of photocopiable resources for students to complete within the workshop.

Curriculum Resources

Pupils will be enabled to: