Children in the Second World War

Lesson Plan

By Debbie King, published 10th January 2011

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These lessons with Year 6 children at a voluntary-aided primary school in Liverpool combined history and literacy.

We studied Goodnight, Mr Tom (the film and the book), topic books and artefacts relating to what it was like to be a child during World War II. The children wrote short diaries about what it would be like to be an evacuee or to be in an air raid during the Blitz. They used the recount genre with descriptive language, and demonstrated empathy with children in World War II.

See also Evacuees where you can download an evacuee's story.

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