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.
- 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?