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

Block B - Churchill and Key Moments of the War

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.

Become curators of a Churchill exhibition! Develop an understanding of who Churchill was and his significance as a leader. Gather facts from a range of sources and identify key information which you go on to share with visitors.

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: Researching Churchill

Introduce Winston Churchill and begin to research facts about Britain’s wartime leader. Learn to select and evaluate information from a range of sources.

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02: Mapping key events and exploring the speeches that accompanied them

Investigate three key events from early in the war – Operation Dynamo, The Battle of Britain, and the Blitz – look at the inspirational speeches that Churchill made to accompany these events and map them using Geographical skills.

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03: Remembering Dunkirk through poetry and art

Using a range of sources, look at how the Dunkirk evacuation is remembered. Work to create your own ‘remembrances’ using paint and verse.