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

Block E - VE Day - the end of the war in Europe

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.

Research the events leading up to, and involved in, the end of the war. Learn about the D-Day landings, the role of the French Resistance including women in the Resistance. Learn about the surrender of countries, the Battle of Berlin and death of Hitler. Consider the Paris Peace Treaties of 1947 and make a peace dove as part of a class reflection. Finally, you will plan a street party in the style of those that took place on VE day.

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 D-Day Landings

Research the events leading up to, and involved in, the D-Day landings. Understand the role that the French Resistance and espionage played in sabotaging German plans, researching the role of women in the Resistance (especially Nancy Wake, aka ‘The White Mouse’). Invent codenames and codes and hide them in everyday items (pens, soap, toothpaste tubes).

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02: Coming to an end

Understand the events leading to the end of the war, the surrender of countries, the Battle of Berlin and death of Hitler. Consider the Paris Peace Treaties of 1947. Make a peace dove as part of a class reflection.

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03: VE Day street party!

Plan a street party in the style of those that took place on VE Day, using bunting, food from 1940s recipes, music and tea dancing. Invite older members of the community to join in.