World War 2: A Child's Eye View from the Home Front

Block A - WW2: How it began

Prepare for the 70th Anniversary of VE day celebrations at the end of World War 2 in Europe by studying the start of the war, the Dunkirk rescue, the Battle of Britain, the D-day landings and finally the end of the war, all from a child’s perspective.

Introduce the historic events that led to the outbreak of the Second World War. Place events on a timeline that will grow throughout the topic and build understanding of the chronology of the war. Look at and experience through role play the early events of the war from a child’s perspective.

This Topic is written for Lower Key Stage 2. If you want to use this Topic for a different Key Stage, you will need to consider how to adapt the outcomes, content, delivery methods, resources and differentiation, as well as the relevant National Curriculum objectives.

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01: Britain declares war!

Discover what was happening in Germany in the 1930’s and why this eventually led to war. Know which countries were involved locate them on a map of Europe.

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02: Gas masks and blackouts

Learn about the precautions put in place to keep people safe when war broke out including gas masks, blackouts and ARP wardens.

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03: Bomb shelters and The Blitz

Discover why people needed bomb shelters in World War 2 and what it was like to experience an air raid during the Blitz.