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Teaching our WW2 Heritage

Teaching our WW2 Heritage

How to keep teaching our proud WW2 and Battle of Britain heritage – and why!

Are you in a general kerfuffle about the changes to the history curriculum and worried that you won’t be able to cover WWII?  

Well don’t be, for one of the most loved topics in primary schools can still easily be taught from September 2014, and can be made even more relevant with a little imagination and interpretation.  

In addition, the wider remit for teachers to interpret the curriculum in their own ways (as given in examples in the ‘grey bits’ of the new framework and promised, believe it or not, by that nice man Mr Gove before this all started), also allows for greater teaching freedom in line with the creative curriculum approach currently used by a lot of schools.

The new curriculum text that states this says “a study of an aspect of history or a site dating from a period beyond 1066 that is significant in the locality”

This is also therefore an easy route to covering the topic because there aren’t many local areas  in the UK that weren’t affected by events of WW2.  This approach could also include interviewing relatives, bringing in family items from the war or visiting local areas that are connected to WW2.  After all, what is more local than a pupil’s own family and surroundings?

ROUTE 1 : via the ‘significant events’ option

This is perhaps the easiest way to include WW2 in the new curriculum.   In fact, the document even uses The Battle of Britian as an example, as follows: “a significant turning point in British history, e.g. ..the Battle of Britain”.

 In addition, if you wanted to stick to the Battle of Britain, we also cover this in some detail in our workshops, notably in the interactive timeline, where we use drama to show pupils how our brave pilots managed to win the battle against overwhelming odds.

The new curriculum text that states this says “a study of an aspect of history or a site dating from a period beyond 1066 that is significant in the locality”

 ROUTE 2 : via the ‘local history’ strand 

This is also therefore an easy route to covering the topic because there aren’t many local areas  in the UK that weren’t affected by events of WW2.  This approach could also include interviewing relatives, bringing in family items from the war or visiting local areas that are connected to WW2. After all, what is more local than a pupil’s own family and surroundings?