BBC Learning Zone Clips

CLIP 13765

Children of World War II – Living through the air raids

Children of World War II – Living through the air raids
Key Info
  • Children of World War II – Living through the air raids
  • Duration: 09:55
  • Isabel, a young girl from north London, finds out from her grandfather Alan what life was like for a child growing up during the air raids of World War Two. His family lived in a semi-detached house and they protected themselves during air raids by sheltering beneath the furniture. But, Alan lost his mother when the house next door suffered a direct hit from a bomb. He takes Isabel to revisit his old school and explains what it was like to have lessons regularly disrupted by visits to the air raid shelter. Isabel points out similarities and differences between then and now. First broadcast on the Learning Zone on BBC2 in September 2012 as part of the series 'Children of World War II'.
  • Subject:



    Second World War

  • Keywords: ChildrenofWorldWarII,WW2, World War Two, London, school, The Blitz, siren, bomber, Anderson shelter, air raid siren, dogfight, Spitfire.
Ideas for use in class
  • Could be used to compare two periods of time, to raise questions about war and death or in discussion about schools in the past. Could be used in conjunction with 13765 and 13931
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 16x9

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