Britain at War

Year 6

Unit Overview

A siren sounds, a building crumbles, a Spitfire zooms overhead. Take cover. It’s 1939 and Britain is at war. Deep down in the Anderson shelter, learn why nations are fighting and why child evacuees must make the long journey from their homes and families into unknown territory. Read the diary of Anne Frank, written whilst hiding from the terrifying stormtroopers in a secret annexe, and try to empathise with her hopes and fears. Make do and mend. Cook up a family meal from meagre rations. Delve deep into a bygone era, when loose lips sunk ships. And, as peace is declared, let’s get ready to celebrate. Mr Churchill says β€˜It’s an unconditional surrender.’


Evacuation Roleplay


Throughout this unit of work we will be writing narratives from the perspective of Rose Blanche and letters inspired by 'Letters From The Lighthouse'.


In this unit of work we will grow our own to help with the war effort.

Unit Sequence: Learning Intentions

  1. Evaluate the human impact of war on children (evacuation)

  2. To create a timeline of key events in WW2.

  3. Discuss the significance of a historical event in British history (Blitz)

  4. Describe and explain the significance of a leader or monarch (wartime leaders)

  5. Compare and contrast what life was like in WW2 with now (school then and now)

  6. Evaluate the human impact of war during WW2 (letters from the battlefield)

  7. Compare and contrast significant events in WW2 (homes now and then)

  8. To understand and explain the use of propaganda during WW2

  9. Evaluate the human impact of war on society (Holocaust)

  10. Recognise the impact WW2 had on post-war Britain (returning home)


Diary Exhibition


The class will be reading Goodnight Mr. Tom by Michelle Magorian