WW2 primary workshop activity Details
COVID -19 UPDATE: I have kept all the task details here for post-covid bookings but please note that there are some adjustments as I am unable to do some activities as highlighted below - if this concerns you please see my zoom workshop as an alternative option
Learn about the key events of WW2, handle a range of real artefacts, put out pretend fires, blackout windows and bandage each other up WW2 style!
Single class, (half day morning during Covid)
Two classes, full day example
Interactive Timeline -
Now shorter and no longer needs hall during Covid
Follow all the key events of the Second World War in a fun group roleplay activity
Covering all the topic content and linked to the suggestion in the National Curriculum to study the Battle of Britain as a "significant British event", our fun interactive timeline is a great way to add meaning to the period.
Key events covered include the outbreak of war, Hitler's invasion of Poland, evacuation, rationing, Dunkirk, the submarine war for the Atlantic, D-Day and the end of the war plus several more, all taught in a humorous way with appropriate moments when required for reflection on the sacrifice made by many people for our freedom.
First Aid -
as normal during Covid
See and handle a complete WW2 home first aid kit and bandage up your friends
One of the hardest jobs for air raid wardens was to rescue people from buildings and give them first aid and in this activity we look in detail at what that entailed. Beginning with a look at a genuine complete WW2 home first aid kit (made by Boots!) we move on to the different bandaging methods using a real instruction book from the time.
Pupils are then set several bandage challenges in pairs, from heads to arms, to hands! Who can do it exactly as per the proper WW2 instructions?
Artefact Handling Session -
now a paired task at tables during Covid
Handle over 70 genuine Second World War artefacts, models and documents!
After a pretend Air raid siren drama activity pupils investigate our wide range of genuine WW2 artefacts for themselves in small groups, in several themed sections such as gas attacks, first aid and mystery objects, with amazing items such as morse code sets, completely safe gas masks, many genuine WW2 documents, air raid warden equipment and much, much more. This is a unique oppportunity to handle real primary sources.
Blackout Activity - currently unavailable
Discover for yourself how difficult it was to blackout windows!
One of the most difficult parts of life for people on the home front in World War Two was having to blackout windows to protect themselves from the German bomber planes and this activity allows pupils to experience this in a group competition.
They also learn what life was like in the blackout by looking at associated artefacts such as lamps and a sample of real blackout curtain from 1940 which is very black indeed!
Stirrup Pump - currently unavailable
Put our pretend fires with a real WW2 pump (Spring or Summer only due to weather)
In what is one of many pupils' favourite activity, everyone gets the chance to use our genuine WW2 stirrup pump to knock over our pretend firebombs in a competition against their classmates before we have a more serious chat about what it actually entailed to be a fire guard during the blitz.