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

Block D - Evacuees

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.

What would it have been like to be an evacuee during World War 2? Learn the reasons why evacuation happened in WW2 and where children were sent to live; discover what children were told to pack and how they prepared for life as an evacuee. Explore their experiences during their evacuation and their return.

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: Leaving home

Learn the reasons for evacuation; find out what evacuees had to pack; make an identity card and gas mask.

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02: Life in the country

Understand what life was like for evacuees living in the country and explore the emotions felt by evacuated children and their families; research foods home grown by host families of evacuated children; make carrot cookies and root vegetable soup.

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03: Returning home

Discover the extent of the bombing in London during the Blitz; explore the feelings of returning evacuees; make a wartime table top game to give to host family.