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WW2 Topic

Below we have listed lots of different activities that you could have a go at. Chose one per week and make sure you keep hold of anything you make so that we can see it when we all get back to school!

Women in the War

The war was the start of a big change for women in many countries, England included. Beforehand, women usually only worked until they got married, and only in certain jobs. After they married, most women stayed at home to look after their husbands and children. However, the war changed all this - because so many men were called to fight, there were many jobs that men used to do that had no one to do them! So, women were called to fill these jobs instead and this was an important part of the war effort. Women were also called to join some parts of the military too. Many posters were created to advertise these roles, to encourage women to sign up to them.





We would like you to research both what jobs women used to do before the war, and how this changed. Which jobs used to be men's jobs that women had to take over? Think both about the jobs in the military and the jobs at home.


Choose one of these jobs and create a poster advertising the job to women. Think back to the posters we created for our market stalls in English - to persuade people, we have to go through A FOREST: 


A - Alliteration

F - Facts

O - Opinions

R - Repetition (and Rhetorical Questions) 

E - Emotive Language (and Exaggeration)

S - Statistics

T - Three (rule of) 


Some posters, like the two in the middle, worked by showing what others are doing in the war to make women feel like they should help too. Which persuasive device is this?


Use the Persuasive Devices PowerPoint to remind you of what these are, if you are unsure. How many persuasive devices can you include in your poster?


Remember to make sure the writing is clear, easy to read, and there isn't too much of it. How are you going to make your poster stand out more, so women apply for your job rather than someone else's?


Research Resources

As always, here are some resources, links and videos to get you started, but there is always more to find online! 

W is for Women | History - A-Z of WW1

Video about the role of British women during WWI - particularly those who worked in munitions factories.

Women in war: Two generations meet - BBC News

A lovely video of a new female army recruit talking to a former army sergeant about her experiences of the army in the past.

Important People in the War - Alan Turing

There were many people who were influential in the war, and did or created things that we are still influenced by today. Alan Turing was a British mathematician who wasn't well known in his own life time, but was an important person in the history of computing. 


We would like you to research Alan Turing and why he was important. Think about the following: 

- Key life information (Date of birth, when did he die, where did he live, information about his family etc) 

- What was his job? 

- Why was he important? What did he invent?

- How did he help the war? 

- Can you find out any other interesting facts about him? 


Presenting your research

You can present your information in any way you wish - there are some ideas below to get you started, but you can do something else if you have a different idea you'd rather do! 


  • Create a poster or a leaflet 
  • Create a timeline of Alan Turing's life
  • Record yourself sharing the information on a video and send it to us to watch


You can also simply write a paragraph from the notes you take - that's perfectly fine too! Whatever it is you do though, we'd love to see it, so please share on the class blogs



Research Resources

You will find some links and resources below to help you get started, but as always, there are plenty of other sources of information online! 


Think back to your note taking skills from our English lessons - remember, you don't need to copy every word down, just the important ones.

Alan Turing - History Who's Who

How did Alan Turing help to shorten World War II by up to two years and help save fourteen million lives? Find out here!

Alan Turing | Pop'n'Olly | Olly Pike


WC 04.05.20 - VE Day

As it is VE day this Friday, for Topic we have a variety of fun activities for you to have a go at that are linked to VE day. First of all though, what is VE day, and why do we celebrate it? Have a look at the resources below to learn all about it, and then choose some of the activities that look interesting to you and have a go - don't forget to share what you've been up to on the class blogs! 


What is VE Day?

Activities to have a go at:

Many street parties were held to celebrate VE day, but rationing was still in place - this meant you could only have a small amount of most foods, and especially meat and dairy products. People had to be very creative when cooking, as they weren't always able to get enough of their usual recipe ingredients, and so had to adapt existing recipes or make up new ones altogether. 


Although we can't have a street party in the same way as they did 75 years ago, why not have a go at making one or more of the recipes and have a 'Stay at Home' street party instead? You could make some bunting and other decorations in red, white and blue for your house too! Don't forget to share photos on the class blogs 


Broxtowe Borough Council also have some other ideas for you to celebrate VE Day at home here.



  • Lockdown Entertainment in WWIIHere are some examples of activities people did in WWII to keep themselves entertained at home. Have you tried any of them during the current lockdown? If not, maybe they'll give you some inspiration for things to have a go at!


Often, war pictures are shown in silhouette as they can be very powerful. We would like you to have a go at creating your own version of silhouette pictures of London in WWII, similar to the ones below: 




There are two main steps for this: 


Step 1 - The Background


  • First, you will need to create your background. You can do this with paint, colouring pencils, wax crayons, felt tip pens, strips of tissue paper - or anything else you can think of! 
  • Think about the colours you will need - the colours in the images above are reds, orange and yellow - why do you think this is? What do the colours represent? 
  • Cover your whole piece of paper in colour, paying attention to how you blend the colours together - think back to the practise you did in your sketchbooks before doing the volcano paintings, gradually going from one colour to another. If you are using tissue paper, you could create a similar effect by layering different colours over each other. 
  • Place your background somewhere safe to dry, if you used paint or tissue paper

Step 2 - The Silhouttes


  • Now, you need to decide what you want your silhouettes to be of - soldiers, houses, other buildings such as some of the famous London landmarks? It's up to you! 
  • Draw the outline of your silhouette onto black paper or card. Pencil will show up but it might be easier to use a white colouring pencil, wax crayon, or piece of chalk, if you have one. Think about the size of the silhouetttes in relation to the background - you don't want them too small to see clearly, or so big that they cover the whole background! 
  • Carefully cut out the silhouette(s) and place onto your background - check you are happy with the layout, and then stick it down with glue. Once the glue is dry, you can use chalk or light coloured pencils to add extra details if you want to, such as lights in the windows, as you can see in the above examples.
  • If you don't have any black paper or card, you can draw the outlines directly onto your background and colour them in with black paint or felt tip pen instead.
  • Finally, take a photo and post it onto the class blogs for us to see! 




This term we will be focusing on WWII and in particular, VE Day - 8th May 1945. 

World War II

Before we learn about the war itself, it is important to understand how the war started. Watch this video to learn about the events learning up to World War II.

  • Research the key events of the war, and create a timeline of these. You can draw pictures and/or write interesting facts you learn. Remember to include the dates and put them in the correct order! 


The two websites below are a great starting point, but there is a lot of child-friendly information about WWII online, so you will be able to find plenty of other resources too.


Information about WWII


More information about WWII