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

Block C - The Battle of Britain

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.

Learn about the threat of German invasion in the summer of 1940 and how this led to the Battle of Britain that raged over the coast of England between July and October of that year.

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: Hitler plans to invade Britain

Discover how Britain was on the brink of invasion in July 1940 as Hitler made plans for Operation Sealion. Learn what newly elected Prime Minister Winston Churchill planned to do about it. Create some model fighter planes from recycled materials.

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02: Blue birds over the White Cliffs of Dover

Find out what part the Kent coastline played in The Battle of Britain and why it was so dear to the hearts of British people. Build a large 3D model of it from recycled materials ready to display the model fighter planes. Listen to Vera Lynn’s famous song.

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03: Spitfires, Hurricanes and Messerschmitts

Learn more about the fighter planes and their pilots and paint the models made so far.

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04: Britain is saved from invasion

Complete your large 3D display of The Battle of Britain by wiring your planes with electrical circuits that power their propellers. Set them in dogfight scenarios in your landscape and reflect on Churchill’s famous words “Never … was so much owed by so many to so few”.