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The Battle of Britain

Julie St Clair Hoare By Julie St Clair Hoare

Use Battle of Britain Day on the 15th September to help your children understand this significant turning point in British history. Hamilton have lower key stage 2 and upper key stage 2 topic blocks filled with fantastic lesson ideas and resources.

The Battle of Britain remains one of the pivotal moments not just in the history of Britain, but also in British memories and ideas about the past. It affected both the physical and social geography of the country at the time and to this day. You can use Hamilton topics to plan a single session dedicated to the battle itself, or cover it in more detail in three or four sessions, or range more widely and put the battle into a wider context of World War Two.

Lower Key Stage 2

Hamilton's lower key stage two topic World War 2: A Child's Eye View from the Home Front covers aspects of the war that touched people, particularly children, directly. Introduce the historic events that led to the outbreak of the war. Place events on a timeline and build understanding of the chronology of the war. Look at events, such as Dunkirk and the Little Ships, evacuees, rationing and victory from a child’s perspective.

  • Teach your children a chronologically secure knowledge and understanding of British and World history.
  • Address historically valid questions about change, cause, similarity, difference and significance.
  • Participate in discussions, presentations, performances, role play, improvisations and debate.

The Battle of Britain block is made up of four sessions:

  1. Hilter's invasion plans
  2. The role of the Kent coastline
  3. Aircraft
  4. How the battle of Britain prevented invasion

Learn about the Battle of Britain with your LKS2 class.

Upper Key Stage 2

Hamilton's upper key stage 2 topic World War Two in Europe and the Battle of Britain studies the battle in the wider context of the war in Europe. Study why Churchill, the home front, Anne Frank and the Holocaust and Victory in Europe.

The Battle of Britain block covers the outbreak of war, the battle in the air and the role and bravery of pilots who fought in the battle. You will cover a number of geographical and historical objectives in a meaningful context.

  • Continue to develop a chronologically secure knowledge and understanding of British, local and world history, establishing clear narratives within and across the periods they study.
  • Study an aspect or theme in British history that extends pupils’ chronological knowledge beyond 1066 – a significant turning point in British history (the Battle of Britain).
  • Locate the world’s countries, using maps to focus on Europe.
  • Name and locate some counties and cities of the United Kingdom.

Your children will produce creative work exploring their ideas and recording their experiences.

Learn about the Battle of Britain with your UKS2 class.