KS2 history Second World War outstanding lessons

Inexplicably axed by Gove from the 2014 curriculum, my advice is to carry on teaching highly successful unit Life in Britain since the 30s focusing on the social aspects of World War two in general and the Home Front in particular. You can shave time from other units to make room for this because you know it works so well and leads to great learning. At KS2 it is often the case that great learning trumps curriculum compliance.

I am less convinced about looking at the post-Second World War war decades, except in the context of immigration which would make a great long-term thematic study showing how different settlers have come to these shores since roman times, enriching our lives as if streams pouring oxygen into the lake of Britishness.

Planner for Britain at War: The Home Front 1939-45

The new  detailed downloadable planner ( July 2017) below has key questions, suggested activities, resources and assessments for teaching The Home Front in World War Two at KS2 and links with the lessons on the site. It has been released, on teachers' request, prior to...
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Why did Germany lose the Battle of Britain?

If Britain was only a few days away from defeat in August 1940 how on earth did she win the Battle of Britain a month later?

PLEASE NOTE This lesson was aimed at Key Stage 3 but should be capable of being used with minimal adaptation...
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Evacuation enquiry – links with numeracy KQ2

This lesson comes towards the beginning of the topic after pupils have explored the nature and reasons for evacuation. I am grateful to Julie Tzivanidou of Cove Junior School, near Farnborough , for providing the original version of the PowerPoint presentation.

Learning objectives

  • pupils learn to...
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Extending the BBC website on Eric the evacuee KQ2

The BBC children’s history section has been in touch with the school asking for their help in extending their website section on Eric the evacuee.  There is nothing wrong with it: indeed, it is very popular.  That’s why they want to make it longer. There...
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Britain at war. The Home Front KQ5

Why is it so difficult to be sure what life was really like on the Home Front?

Two great tasks which together make up Key Question 5 of the Britain at War medium term plan, Why is it so difficult to be sure what life was...
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Teaching Life in Britain 1930-1945 at Key Stage 2

Inexplicably axed by Gove from the 2014 curriculum, my advice is to carry on teaching this highly successful unit focusing on the Home Front. You can shave time from other units to make room for this because you know it works so well and leads...
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