History KS2: D-Day

This short film explores the significance of D-Day as well as highlighting what took place that day.

An eye-witness called Peter tells us about hearing about the success of D-Day. This story of a young child’s experience of the war may be particularly interesting to young pupils, and should help them relate to the material.

The ‘Did You Know’ section explains how D-Day is actually a general term for the start date of any military operation.

Created in partnership with Imperial War Museums.


Teacher Notes

This short film could inspire the following lesson in English:

  • Your pupils could write from different points of view – for example, as a civilian hearing about the turning point in the war, and what it means for them.
BBC News: Communique Number One, BBC Home and Forces Programme, Tuesday 6 June 1944, 12:00

Additional fact for the class:

  • The Allies wanted to land at low-tide as this would expose the beach mines and traps the Germans had placed. In order to do this, mathematician turned oceanographer, Arthur Thomas Doodson developed complex models and tide-tables that revealed the ideal time and date for the invasion to take place. His calculations determined that 5 -7 June would have the best tide and moon conditions, which is why D-Day took place on 6 June 1944.


Curriculum Notes

This short film will be relevant for teaching history.

This topic appears in KS2 in England and Northern Ireland, Foundation Phase and KS2 in Wales and Second Level in Scotland.

War Report, BBC Home and Forces Programme, Tuesday 6 June 1944, from 21:00. Image: John Snagge on air.

More from World War Two:

Britain declares war on Germany
Rationing in the UK
Geography of World War Two
How propaganda was used during World War Two
The Blitz
The Battle of Britain and beyond
Machines of the military
Codebreaking during World War Two
VE Day