History KS2: The Battle of Britain and beyond

This short film explains what the Battle of Britain was, who was involved and how radar was used throughout the battle.

A veteran called Frank recalls the fear he felt as a bomb-aimer in the Lancaster bomber squadron.

The ‘Did You Know’ section explores the evolving strategy of the RAF, and the attack on the German city of Dresden.

Created in partnership with Imperial War Museums.

Teacher Notes

This short film could be used as part of a cross-curricular lesson in PE. Your pupils could direct each other using instructions to explore the role of radar in the Battle of Britain.

This falls within the following part of the national curriculum in England:

  • Pupils should enjoy communicating, collaborating and competing with each other.
  • Pupils should develop an understanding of how to improve in different physical activities and sports and learn how to evaluate and recognise their own success.
  • Pupils should be taught to take part in outdoor and adventurous activity challenges both individually and within a team.

Additional fact for the class:

  • Buckingham Palace was very nearly destroyed. RAF Sergeant Ray Holmes spotted a German bomber heading in the direction of the palace, but Ray was out of ammo to fire it down. So, instead he steered his aircraft straight into the enemy aircraft and rammed it with his wing.

Curriculum Notes

Suitable for teaching history at KS2 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and 2nd Level in Scotland.

This short film could also can be incorporated into different subjects as part of a cross-curricular lesson, specifically when teaching physical education at KS2 or 2nd Level.

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
Machines of the military
Codebreaking during World War Two
VE Day