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World War 2: Suggested activities

 

Communication, language and Literacy

  • Interview a Wartime survivor (By phone)

Memories of older people are a vital tool in allowing children to appreciate the magnitude of WW2.

Questions you could ask;

     -Tell me about your memories of WW2 in Northern Ireland.

     -What roles did your family play during the War?

     -What’s your experience of evacuation?

  • Imagine you are an evacuee. Write a postcard home to your family explaining what has happened to you.
  • Research rationing and write a menu using those ingredients. 
  • Draw and explain what 6 things you would want to take with you if you were evacuated.
  • Make a newspaper report of a bombing on your street. 
  • Design a poster persuading people to join the army. 
  • Write a Blackout acrostic poem.

 

Mathematical Development

  • Create a timeline of events that occurred in World War II. 
  • Find out the cost of rationed items. How much would you spend for a week’s food? Measure out some rations at home.
  • Write your name using Morse code. Can you also construct a message?
  • Research some symmetrical WW2 icons/ symbols/flags
  • Can you find out any number facts to do with World War II? How many countries/people were involved?
  • Battleships - A great family favourite reinforcing grid references.

 

World Around us

  • Research what the blackout was and the effect it had on people. 
  • Find out where children were evacuated from and to. 
  • Locate the countries involved in WW2 on a World map.
  • Find out the original meaning of the propaganda “Keep calm and carry on”. 
  • Research what school life was like for children who were living in World War II.
  • Research the Belfast Blitz.
  • D Day beaches – Science Paper boats. Build your own boat using junk materials and see whose boat can hold the greatest weight. (How many soldiers can each design hold? 

 

 

Creative/ Physical development 

  • Research World War II propaganda posters. Make your own picture in their style.
  • Make an Anderson shelter. Think about which materials would be best to use.
  • Design a parachute for a toy that would keep it safe. 
  • Paper Planes - Make your own Spitfire paper planes – Why not launch them and measure how far each plane travelled.
  • Create your own model tank or gas mask.
  • Blitz art.
  • Listen to some war time music. Do you like this piece? Why? What instruments can you hear?