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Children in World War II

Part of the series Primary Lesson Starters

This programme contains images of war and should be watched in full for suitability prior to using as a classroom resource
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This video features short clips of British and German film-makers' home movies taken during the second world war, which can be used as Key Stage 2 lesson starters.

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They're designed to encourage primary history pupils to think about the hardship that British and German children experienced during the second world war.

The video includes people listening to the declaration of war on a Cornish beach, information on school life, gas masks and air-raid shelters, as well as the story of a woman's experience of the Blitz, which led to the death of her three siblings.

Also see two children's account of the bombing of a German home, with footage filmed by their father.


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Original recipe to be used as a classroom resource

Transcript of two film extracts, presenting contrasting experiences of evacuation, to be used as a classroom resource

Literature to support the programme

Sources of evidence cards to be used as a classroom resource

Scheme of work to complement the programme prepared by teacher Nicola Levison of Hotwells Primary School, Bristol

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