WW2 in Europe & the Battle of Britain
Anne Frank and The Holocaust

This is a sensitive and age-appropriate block about the lives and deaths of Jewish people during World War 2, including prejudice, oppression and the concentration camps. Study the life of the positive and inspirational Anne Frank and create a class memorial art installation to remember the Holocaust and the Jewish people who were killed.

Session 1 Meeting Anne Frank: Her life and diary

Objectives

History

  • Continue to develop a chronologically secure knowledge and understanding of British, local and world history, establishing clear narratives within and across the periods they study.
  • Study an aspect or theme in British history that extends pupils’ chronological knowledge beyond 1066 – Anne Frank and The Holocaust.
  • Understand how our knowledge of the past is constructed from a range of sources.

English

  • Identify the audience for and purpose of writing, selecting the appropriate form, and using other similar writing as models for their own.

Teaching and Activities

Learn about Anne Frank and her life; write a letter sharing the personal impact of her story.

Teaching Outcomes:

  • To learn about Anne Frank through videos, pictures and her diary.
  • To write a letter to Anne Frank describing the personal impact of her diary.

Children will:

  • ‘Meet Anne’ and learn about her life through videos, pictures, and her diary.
  • Write a letter to Anne Frank, sharing the personal impact of her diary.

Provided Resources

  • Photos of Anne Frank
  • Selected excerpts of Anne Frank’s diary with questions

You Will Need

  • The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank

Session 2 The Holocaust - The Ghettos and 'Jewish laws'

Objectives

History

  • Continue to develop a chronologically secure knowledge and understanding of British, local and world history, establishing clear narratives within and across the periods they study.
  • Study an aspect or theme in British history that extends pupils’ chronological knowledge beyond 1066 – Anne Frank and The Holocaust.
  • Understand how our knowledge of the past is constructed from a range of sources.

English

  • Identify the audience for and purpose of writing, selecting the appropriate form, and using other similar writing as models for their own.
  • Develop initial ideas for writing, drawing on reading and research.

Teaching and Activities

Learn about the oppression of the Jews; understand life in the ghettos; write a letter protesting about the Jewish persecution.

Teaching Outcomes:

  • To reflect on discrimination, learn about the persecution of the Jews, and place events on a timeline.
  • To write a letter to a newspaper editor setting out Nazi persecution of Jews.

Children will:

  • Create timelines of Jewish persecution and the ‘Jewish laws’.
  • Understand life in the ghettos by discussing photos and diary entries.
  • Write a letter to a newspaper that highlights the Jewish persecution.

You Will Need

You do not need any particular resources for this session.

Session 3 The Holocaust - The 'death camps' and 'final solution'

Objectives

History

  • Continue to develop a chronologically secure knowledge and understanding of British, local and world history, establishing clear narratives within and across the periods they study.
  • Study an aspect or theme in British history that extends pupils’ chronological knowledge beyond 1066 – Anne Frank and the Holocaust.
  • Understand how our knowledge of the past is constructed from a range of sources.
  • Construct informed responses that involve thoughtful selection and organisation of relevant historical information.

English

  • Read and discuss an increasingly wide range of poetry.

Teaching and Activities

Study biographical stories of The Holocaust; explore emotional aspects of The Holocaust through poetry; ask searching questions about persecution and humanity.

Teaching Outcomes:

  • To identify some of the atrocities that occurred in concentration camps from biographical accounts and compose questions that raise issues for discussion surrounding the Holocaust.
  • To discuss the emotional impact of two Holocaust poems.

Children will:

  • Develop understanding of the Holocaust through biographical stories.
  • Ask questions about the Holocaust and the issues it raises.
  • Explore emotional aspects of the Holocaust through poetry.

You Will Need

You do not need any particular resources for this session.

Session 4 Remembering Anne Frank and the victims of the Holocaust through art

Objectives

History

  • Continue to develop a chronologically secure knowledge and understanding of British, local and world history, establishing clear narratives within and across the periods they study.
  • Study an aspect or theme in British history that extends pupils’ chronological knowledge beyond 1066 – Anne Frank and the Holocaust.

Art

  • Produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences; to develop their techniques, including their control and their use of materials, with creativity, experimentation and an increasing awareness of different kinds of art, craft and design.

Teaching and Activities

Learn about Holocaust memorials; discuss why memorials are important; create a class ‘memorial’ art installation.

Teaching Outcomes:

  • To explore Holocaust memorials and discuss their significance and importance.
  • To create an art installation using various techniques and materials as a memorial to Anne Frank and the victims of the Holocaust.

Children will:

  • Examine Holocaust memorials around the world and suggest why it is important to remember this event and its victims.
  • Create a ‘memorial’ art installation that uses various techniques, materials and symbolism.

Provided Resources

  • Photos of Holocaust memorials
  • Images of possible art installation ideas

You Will Need

You do not need any particular resources for this session.

Weblinks

There are no weblinks needed for this session.