In this session children use a timeline to relate the events portrayed to the lifespans of their older relatives. It is August 1940, and the focus is the Battle of Britain and the Blitz. Children empathise with two households: one in London, one in Berlin. They role play as Local Defence Volunteers and look at the effect the war is having on everyday people’s lives. Find out how they prepare for an air raid and what heart-stopping problems they have to solve when they come out of the shelter!
After being on the receiving end of a bombing raid, the R.A.F are keen to hit back. Children work as a whole group to construct a representation of a Lancaster bomber, which they fully equip, climb into and “fly” to Berlin. Do they hit the target? Do they make it safely home? How is the German family affected?
There are fantastic writing stimuli in this session which can be carried forward throughout the term and there are strong numeracy links to degrees of turn, timetables and imperial units of weight.