The session is linked to Unit 9 of the QCA Scheme of Work for History at KS2, “What was it like for children in the Second World War?”
During the session you will need to divide into 5 groups and these will rotate around the activities.
When doing group work the Interpreter-Demonstrator will oversee the session but adult helpers will lead each individual group.
It is useful for the Interpreter-Demonstrator if your pupils are wearing name stickers.
To give pupils the opportunity to explore aspects of everyday life in Wartime Britain through visual, audio and kinaesthetic means.
To use a range of resources – objects, photographs, sounds and smells to find out about the life of a child in Britain during the Second World War.
To give pupils the opportunity to handle objects from the Wartime period.
To enable pupils to ask and answer questions and to select and interpret information.
Welcome to Aldershot Military Museum and the session.
Explanation of the session objective - to find out about different aspects of children’s lives during World War Two.
Introduction to the activities the pupils will be engaged in.
Run through of health and safety, facilities and the handling rules for our collection.
Pupils will then divide into their five groups and rotate around the following activities. As the groups are moving from activity to activity they have the chance to spot highlighted relevant items from the museum collection.
The class will then come back together with the Interpreter-Demonstrator for a plenary. They will discuss what they have learned about life in WW2 and what they have found particularly interesting.
You will shortly be visiting Aldershot Military Museum for two hours to support the delivery of a session called Children in World War Two. This session has been devised and developed especially for KS2 pupils.
You will be leading a small group of pupils as they try a range of activities in the museum; an Interpreter-Demonstrator will oversee the session and support you.
On arrival the Interpreter-Demonstrator will meet you. They will give you and the group a quick tour of the museum and a brief introduction to the activities you will be involved in.
Your group of pupils will rotate around the following activities in any order. Each activity has a brief instruction sheet with it. Your Interpreter-Demonstrator will be on hand to offer support.
At the end of the session the class will come back together with the Interpreter-Demonstrator for a short plenary.
Aldershot has been the home of the British Army for a long time; discuss this with your pupils and see if they think people were evacuated to the area or away from it.
Ask your pupils to imagine that you are going to be evacuated as a class, as many children were. How could that help you in your new life in a new area? Do they think it was a good idea for classes to be evacuated together? Why/why not?
If they were evacuated, how could they keep in touch with their families – list all the different ways. Which of these methods of communication were available during WWII?
Make Do and Mend is a famous wartime slogan – you can discuss what it means and whether you think it was a good idea during the war. Is it similar to Reduce Reuse Recycle today? You can look at www.recycling-guide.org.uk/rrr.html to compare the two ideas.
This is a two hour session for one class (up to 35 pupils) of KS2 children.
We request 5 adult helpers for this session.