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

Block C - Home Front

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.

What happened to ordinary people and children during the war? Learn about the home front, the rationing, digging for victory, ‘make do and mend’, Dad’s Army, the Land girls and the role of women during the war, the Blitz and the experience of evacuee children. Understand about use of propaganda and censorship; design war posters and make gas masks, identity papers, ration books and role-play home front scenarios. Record your efforts using photography.

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: Digging for victory!

Understand the reasons behind rationing and the impact of this upon the British people. Investigate the Dig for Victory campaign and design your own posters!

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02: Make do and mend

Learn about the ‘Make Do and Mend’ campaign and what this could mean for civilians in Britain.

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03: Dad's Army and land girls

Investigate some of the roles that civilians filled at home to help out in the war effort.

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04: The life of an evacuee

Learn about the evacuation of children during World War 2 and become evacuees!