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WW2 Turning Points

What we will be learning:


The children will continue to build upon their ever increasing understanding of chronology, making links between themes and understanding the imact of each era upon the next. They will be able to explain how people's lives have been shaped by events and what impact the war had on the wider world.


The children will build on previous learning of war to consider the expansion and dissolution of empires (making links to further Empires); condiering not only achievements such as the Enigma machine, but the follies of war; explore historical concepts such as continuity and change, cause and consequence, similarity, difference and significance, and use them to make connections, draw contrasts, analyse trends, frame historically valid questions and create their own structured accounts, including written narratives and analyses; discern how and why contrasting arguments and interpretations of the past have been constructed; and consider the cultural, economic, military, political, and social history that impacted upon Britain today.


The main theme of the study is to explore an aspect or theme in British history that extends pupils’ chronological knowledge beyond 1066:

  • a significant turning point in British history, for example,  the Battle of Britain

History KS2 | World War Two | Britain declares war on Germany | BBC Teach

This short film offers an overview of the events that led to Britain declaring war on Germany in 1939. We hear from an eye-witness called Moya.

The Blitz (1940-41)

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Living through air raids | History - Children of World War Two

We meet Alan and his grand-daughter Isabel. Alan lived in north London during the Second World War and was in his home when the neighbour's house suffered a ...