History KS2: Living through the air raids

We meet Alan and his grand-daughter Isabel.

Alan lived in north London during World War Two and was in his home when the neighbour's house suffered a direct hit.

Alan lost his mother in the bombing.

Alan revisits his home and school, where Isabel gets a feel for what it was like to have lessons disrupted by visits to the air raid shelter.

This short film is from the BBC series, Children of World War Two.


Teacher Notes

You could pause this short film at 01:48, at the photograph of the 1940s classroom.

Ask your pupils to compare and contrast it with their own classroom. What are the differences?

Continue viewing, to see if Isabelle spots the same things as your pupils.

After viewing this short film, pupils could be asked what they have found out from it about World War Two.

Are there other things they would like to find out?

Pupils could make a list of possible research topics and possible sources of information.

Ed Murrow reporting on war torn London during the blitz.

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.

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