WW2 in Europe & the Battle of Britain
The Battle of Britain

Understand why World War 2 started, and what is meant by the ‘Phoney War’. Develop a familiarity with the location of the countries involved in the first year of World War 2. Examine some of the major events leading up to the Battle of Britain. Understand the German plans for invading Britain and the role aircraft played.

Session 1 The outbreak of war!

Objectives

History

  • Develop a chronologically secure knowledge and understanding of Britain, 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 – a significant turning point in British history (the Battle of Britain).

Art

  • Produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences.

Teaching and Activities

Understand why WW2 started, who its leaders were and what is meant by the ‘Phoney War’. Contribute to a memory wall. Decorate a memory box with vintage scraps and brown paper.

Teaching Outcomes:

  • To develop an understanding of WW2
  • To discuss why it was initially known as the ‘Phoney War’
  • To role-play an evening at home, in an air raid shelter, during August 1940.
  • To make a memory box to store mementos over the next few weeks.

Children will:

  • Understand why WW2 started, who its leaders were and what is meant by ‘The Phoney War’.
  • Contribute to a memory wall and decorate a memory box with vintage scraps and brown paper.

You Will Need

  • Small cardboard boxes
  • Brown paper
  • Glue sticks
  • Dark fabric
  • Cushions
  • Battery-operated candles/lanterns
  • Bottle of squash, cups and plain biscuits

Session 2 Britain takes to the skies

Objectives

History

  • Develop a chronologically secure knowledge and understanding of Britain, 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 – a significant turning point in British history (the Battle of Britain).

Geography

  • Locate the world’s countries, using maps to focus on Europe.

Teaching and Activities

Understand some of the major events leading up to the Battle of Britain, including the countries involved and the roles they played. Develop a familiarity with the locations of the countries involved in first year of World War 2 by locating them on a map of 1939 Europe. Play a Battle of Britain PE game.

Teaching Outcomes:

  • To understand some of the major events leading up to the Battle of Britain, including the countries involved and the roles they played.
  • To become familiar with the location of the countries involved in first year of WW2 by locating them on a map of 1939 Europe.

Children will:

  • Understand some of the major events leading up to the Battle of Britain, including the countries involved and the role they played.
  • Develop a familiarity with the location of the countries involved in first year of WW2 by locating them on a map of 1939 Europe.

You Will Need

  • 3 colours of modelling dough
  • Atlas or globe
  • PE mats
  • Scooters
  • Soft balls
  • Soft bowling pins/card tubes

Session 3 Churchill's Few

Objectives

History

  • Develop a chronologically secure knowledge and understanding of Britain, 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 – a significant turning point in British history (the Battle of Britain).

Geography

  • Locate the world’s countries, using maps to focus on Europe.

Design and Technology

  • Research and develop design criteria to inform the design of innovative, functional, appealing products that are fit for purpose.

Teaching and Activities

Understand more of the Luftwaffe’s plans for invading Britain and the role the British pilots played. Be able to locate the Channel, the south-east coast of England and some Luftwaffe targets in the UK. Make a Battle of Britain clasp and understand it to be the service medal awarded to ‘The Few’.

Teaching Outcomes:

  • To understand more of the Luftwaffe’s plans for invading Britain and the role Churchill’s Few played in winning the battle of the skies.
  • To become more familiar with the location of the Channel, South East coast of England and some Luftwaffe targets in the UK.
  • To make a Battle of Britain clasp – the service medal awarded to ‘The Few’.

Children will:

  • Understand more of the Luftwaffe’s plans for invading Britain and the role the British pilots played.
  • Be able to locate the Channel, south-east coast of England and some Luftwaffe targets in the UK.
  • Make a Battle of Britain clasp and understand it to be the service medal awarded to ‘The Few’.

You Will Need

  • Air-drying clay
  • Paper clips
  • Ribbon/coloured card (red, dark blue and light blue)
  • Silver paint
  • Thick card
  • Fabric
  • Tissue paper