World War 2: WW2 in Europe and the Battle of Britain

Block A - The Battle of Britain

Learn about the Second World War in Europe and why the Battle of Britain was such a significant turning point in British History. Learn about the timeline of events such as the outbreak of the war, the Battle of Britain, the heroic rescue at Dunkirk, the Blitz, the D-Day landings, the liberation of the concentration camps and the celebrations of VE Day. Research the lives of the ordinary people who faced the Blitz and had to deal with rationing and evacuation. Learn about the inspiring stories and achievements of significant people such as Anne Frank and Winston Churchill.

Understand why World War 2 started, and what is meant by the ‘Phoney War’. Examine some major events leading up to the Battle of Britain. Develop a familiarity with the location of the countries involved in the first year of World War 2. Understand more of the German plans for invading Britain and the role aircraft played.

This Topic is written for Upper 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: The outbreak of war!

Understand why WW2 started, who its leaders were and what is meant by the ‘Phoney War’. Contribute to a memory wall. Decorate a memory box with vintage scraps and brown paper.

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02: Britain takes to the skies

Understand some of the major events leading up to the Battle of Britain, including the countries involved and the roles they played. Develop a familiarity with the locations of the countries involved in first year of World War 2 by locating them on a map of 1939 Europe. Play a Battle of Britain PE game.

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03: Churchill's Few

Understand more of the Luftwaffe’s plans for invading Britain and the role the British pilots played. Be able to locate the Channel, the south-east coast of England and some Luftwaffe targets in the UK. Make a Battle of Britain clasp and understand it to be the service medal awarded to ‘The Few’.