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

Learn about the significance of the D-Day landings and the events leading up to the end of the war. Write coded messages and make a World War 2 final timeline display. Present all your World War 2 models and make a special exhibition as you recreate VE day street parties with flags, songs and party food.

Session 1 The beginning of the end

Objectives

History

  • Develop a chronologically secure knowledge and understanding of British and World history.
  • Ask and address historically valid questions about change, cause, similarity, difference and significance.

Geography

  • Use maps, atlases, globes and digital/computer mapping to locate and describe features studied.

Teaching and Activities

Learn about the D-Day landings and the beginning of the liberation of Europe; write coded messages; study the map of the English channel and the Normandy beaches.

Teaching Outcomes:

  • To know that the D-Day landings were a significant turning point in the war, and to begin to consider how people working on the Home Front may have helped with the planning and organisation of the operation.
  • To identify features of the English Channel and the coasts of Southern England and Northern France.

Children will:

  • Consider how the people of Britain would feel now that the war had be going on for years.
  • Begin to know about the D-Day landings and the beginning of the liberation of Europe.
  • Understand what people at home might have done to help the D-Day landings.
  • Look at a map of the English Channel and begin to understand why Normandy beaches were a surprise choice.

Provided Resources

  • Circular code wheel
  • English Channel map
  • Images of the D-Day landings

You Will Need

  • Split pins
  • Atlases

Session 2 Surrender and party planning

Objectives

History

  • Develop a chronologically secure knowledge and understanding of British and World history.
  • Ask and address historically valid questions about change, cause, similarity, difference and significance.

Design and Technology

  • Develop the creative, technical and practical expertise needed to perform everyday tasks confidently.

Teaching and Activities

Learn about the final days of the war and plan a VE day party, including bunting, food and hats.

Teaching Outcomes:

  • To consider what the end of the war would mean to the people at home.
  • To cut out and make bunting and hats for a VE day celebration.

Children will:

  • Listen to the announcement that the war is over.
  • Begin to consider what this could mean for the people at home.
  • Plan a party, including bunting, food and hats!

You Will Need

  • Jelly mixture and jelly bowls
  • Strawberries and raspberries
  • String or ribbon
  • Glitter, feathers and sequins

Session 3 Victory party!

Objectives

History

  • Develop a chronologically secure knowledge and understanding of British and World history.
  • Ask and address historically valid questions about change, cause, similarity, difference and significance.

English

  • Discuss what they are learning and to develop their wider skills in spoken language, becoming confident in using language in a greater variety of situations, for a variety of audiences and purposes, including through drama, formal presentations and debate.

Teaching and Activities

Re-cap your learning about WW2, begin to understand about the United Nations and host a victory party for your class and visitors.

Teaching Outcomes:

  • To confidently discuss the impact of WW2 on the people at home, including significant dates and events.
  • To welcome visitors to a party and to discuss with them what they have learnt about WW2.

Children will:

  • Host a victory party for their class and visitors.
  • Re-cap their learning about WW2, including the significant dates.
  • Begin to understand about the United Nations.
  • Display and discuss all that they have learned about WW2 for the people at home.

Provided Resources

This session does not need any provided resources.

You Will Need

  • Jelly and other party food
  • Juice and cups
  • Tablecloth
  • Tea and coffee
  • Music from the WW2 era
  • Bunting and party hats