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World War 2

Georgina brought in some wonderful WW2 artefacts belonging to her family to share with us.  She showed us some medals belonging to her Great, Great Uncle and Great Grandad.  She also showed us a telegram that had been sent about her GG Uncle who had been lost in action in the war but then later found in hospital with a leg injury.  The telegram showed he was being discharged from the army in 1944.

Line of Enquiry- Why did Britain have to go to war in 1939?


If WW1 had been such a devastating war, why then did Britain go to war again just twenty years after

  the First World War had ended?  What reasons might there have been?


We began our lesson thinking about this 'Digging Deeper' question.  We then learned about the policy of appeasement which Chamberlain and the British government adopted to deal with Hitler at first.  We worked in groups to sort statements into reasons for and against using appeasement.  Some of us had some very strong opinions about whether appeasement was a good policy to use.  

Line of Enquiry- Why was it necessary for children to be evacuated?

‘How did Britain stand firm against the Germans?’


That was the question Year 5 were tasked with thinking about.  We worked in groups to read some clues and then had to try and match them to the event from WW2.  The events were all important reasons that helped Britain to stand firm against the German army.

How was propaganda used during WW2?


We have been exploring the concept of propaganda and how it was used effectively during WW2.  

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


UKS2 learned about censorship and how the government censored certain information/pictures/posters to ensure that morale at home was kept high during the war.  We became government censors and had to decide which propaganda poster should be published and which should be censored.

Eva brought in an anti air-raid shell that a family friend found in Heaton Park in Manchester.  It has the date of 1943 on the bottom.  The class were fascinated to look at it and we were surprised by just how heavy it was.