History KS2: The Blitz

This short film offers a digestible insight into the blitz and how the British people responded.

An eye-witness called Kitty describes first-hand the experience of being evacuated. Another, called Bernard, recalls the terror he felt as the bombs fell.

The ‘Did You Know’ section tells of the two bombs that fell on Buckingham Palace.

Created in partnership with Imperial War Museums.


Teacher Notes

This short film contains a number of elements that could be incorporated into different subjects as part of a cross-curricular lesson.

In art, pupils could study the work of Henry Moore and his depictions of the blitz.

This falls under the following parts of the national curriculum in England:

  • Create sketch books to record observations and use them to review and revisit ideas.
  • Improve mastery of art and design techniques, including drawing, painting and sculpture with a range of materials (for example, pencil, charcoal, paint, clay)
  • Learn about great artists, architects and designers in history.

In English, your class could write about the experience of the blitz from different points of view – as a London civilian or as a pilot.

Additional fact for the class:

  • At the peak of the blitz,177,000 Londoners slept in the tube system for safety.
Ed Murrow reporting on war torn London during the blitz.

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, especiallywhen teaching:

  • Art
  • English

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 Battle of Britain and beyond
Machines of the military
Codebreaking during World War Two
VE Day