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

Block E - Rationing

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.

Gain a good understanding of how the rationing of food, the need to Dig for Victory and the directive to ‘make do and mend’ impacted on children and their families during World War 2. Learn about the reasons for rationing and the make do and mend culture promoted during the war.

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: Rationing - what did it mean?

Learn about the need for rationing and ‘make do and mend’ during the war; sew a simple rag-bag toy.

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02: Dig for victory

Discover the need to Dig for Victory at home; find out about the role of women on the home front; make your own mini allotment.

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03: Rationed recipes

Consider the impact of rationing during WW2; prepare and cook a wartime recipe using a limited range of ingredients.