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Cotmanhay Junior School

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Y6 Term 3 World War II

National curriculum content

  • Inspire children’s curiosity to know more about the past
  • Equip children to ask perceptive questions, think critically and weigh evidence
  • Local history study
  • Study an aspect or theme in British history that extends children’s chronological knowledge beyond 1066


Lesson objectives

  1. Understand the cause of World War II
  2. Understand why countries got involved in WWII
  3. Learn what happened to children during the war
  4. Learn what happened to children during the war
  5. Understand what happened to the people who were not evacuated
  6. Understand how the war changed life in Britain


What we want children to know

  • Why Britain went to war
  • Which countries were involved in the war
  • Why evacuation took place
  • That different children had different experiences of evacuation
  • Why rationing was introduced and which foods were rationed
  • How the government tried to make food go further
  • That other countries suffered from bombing too
  • How war affected the way people worked


What skills we want children to develop

  • Develop a chronological understanding of World War Two events
  • Devise historically valid questions about World War Two
  • Understand how knowledge of the past is constructed from a range of sources
  • Recognise the strengths and limitations of local history as a way of telling the events of World War Two



Allies, Anderson shelter, artefact, axis, blitz, conscientious objector, conscription, country, evacuation, evacuee, import, industry, occupation, propaganda, rationing, ration book, total war, U-boat