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Second World War

10 lesson KS3 unit on the Second World War which has been fully resourced with PowerPoints, worksheets and scheme of work.
The Second World War: D-day Operation Overlord.Quick View

The Second World War: D-day Operation Overlord.

Hook starter: As pupils enter the room the presentation will display an autonomously moving spot light to reveal a picture clue of the D-Day landings. Learning Intention and differentiated outcomes (SMSC). Pupils will work their way through several activities to achieve the lessons outcomes. 1. What was D-day? Pupils watch a short video (embedded) to introduce them to the topic. 2. Planning the invasion: Pupils work in teams to answer a series of questions in the fastest time to learn about the strategy of the day. 3. Pupils will study and listen to Eisenhower's inspirational speech before creating their own. (Prize for best speech). 4. Pupils visit stations around the classroom to learn about one soldiers personal experience of the invasion through a study of his diary entries. 5. Pupils watch the opening scene from 'Saving Private Ryan' (Link provided if you do not have the DVD) As pupils watch they will complete a worksheet. Pupil's then consolidate their judgment through watching a short video clip explaining the significance of D-day before answering a structured 8 mark exam style question to judge if overall D-day was a success or a failure. Peep Sheet provided to assist the less able pupils. Instructions and advice on how they lesson is to run can be found in the description of the presentation.
Causes of the Second World War (2-3 lessons)Quick View

Causes of the Second World War (2-3 lessons)

Key Question (s) : Why did the Second World War break out in 1939? Support questions : Was Hitler to blame for the Second World War? How successful was Appeasement? The main themes are the causes of the Second World War and the events between 1936 and 1939 that represented the road to war, with a focus on Appeasement in 1938. The main knowledge and understanding is provided by means of two Power Point presentations, 'The Road to War' (22 slides) and 'Appeasement' (13 slides) with YouTube clips and accompanying information sheets. Worksheets and Activity sheets are provided to cover the ability range. Assessment: an extended writing task to answer the question 'Was Hitler to blame for the Second World War?' and there are opportunities for assessing source handling skills and interpretation. Concepts: causation (long- and short-term, multi-causality, inter-connection of causes), chronology, empathy, historical significance, source analysis, interpretation; appeasement, treaty, alliance, pact, self-determination, Anschluss, lebensraum, compromise, conference, demilitarise, rearm, depression, dictator, public opinion.
The Second World War: Adolf Hitler, man or monster?Quick View

The Second World War: Adolf Hitler, man or monster?

This lesson is an introduction to Hitler which can be used either at key stage 3 or 4. It aims to challenge preconceptions and assumptions that Hitler was a monster from birth, determined to commit mass murder and genocide. His early life from his parents, schooling, his move to Vienna and his life as a soldier are scrutinised as students have many opportunities to make judgements which are ultimately challenged by the end. The lesson includes a lot of visual evidence (such as Hitler’s propaganda posters) and well as video evidence of his life as a boy. There is a differentiated research activity in which there is a chance for students to conduct their own independent investigations before reporting their final conclusions to the class. This lesson would also be ideal for a non specialist.
Pearl Harbour Why is Pearl Harbour a turning point in the Second World WarQuick View

Pearl Harbour Why is Pearl Harbour a turning point in the Second World War

WALT: To explain the event and discuss how it is a turning point for the war. MUST: Know what the attack on Pearl Harbour was. SHOULD: Be able to explain the attack in detail, and suggest why it happened. COULD: Begin to use the information to make a judgment of why the events of Pearl Harbour were a turning point for the Second World War.
Second World War - EvacuationQuick View

Second World War - Evacuation

***SALE*** - this resource is on sale at a reduced price. Learning outcomes: describe what evacuation was and explain why it was so important assess the typical experiences of an evacuee and their hosts Lesson features differentiated learning objectives, a well-paced starter, main and plenary, and a focal on source evaluation, including the analysis of a source designed to encourage evacuation.
GCSE Causes of the Second World War Revision PackQuick View

GCSE Causes of the Second World War Revision Pack

GCSE Origins/Causes of the Second World War - Also called The Collapse of Peace Can be used for current GCSE and new 2016 specification Grades U-A* or 1-9 Can be used for AQA, Edexcel, OCR or iGCSE exam boards. Could even be useful for KS3 SoW Revision booklet that contains the basic information on the causes of WW2 - perfect for middle-low ability students. Perfect for revision, classroom workbooks, assessments and general teaching of the topic. Use of CRAMCUP to aid students revision Contains information on the following topics: - Hitler's Foreign Policy (Lebensraum, Communism, Treaty of Versailles, Pan Germanism) - Saar Plebiscite - Rearmament and Conscription - Remilitarisation of the Rhineland - Anschluss - Sudeten Crisis, Munich Agreement and the fall of Czech - Nazi Soviet Pact - Invasion of Poland and outbreak of WW2 Please see my other lessons & resources Feedback welcome!
Winston Churchill and the Second World War (WW2)Quick View

Winston Churchill and the Second World War (WW2)

This is an ‘outstanding’ lesson that was devised for a performance management observation. It is aimed at Key Stage 4 and 5 students examining Winston Churchill’s personal contribution to Britain’s survival in the Second World War. It was designed for use with students who possess some background knowledge of this topic although it could be used equally successfully as an introductory lesson with those new to this subject area. It consists of three main activities and an extension task for more able, gifted and talented students. The lesson is structured around an independent source investigation that involves students studying authentic primary sources in order to develop their own evaluation of Churchill’s contribution as wartime leader. A PowerPoint presentation, primary source pack and worksheet are included, along with a detailed, step-by-step guide on how to deliver the lesson effectively. All of the lesson resources can be fully customised to meet your pupils’ learning needs.
The Second World War: Hitler's invasion of Russia in 1941Quick View

The Second World War: Hitler's invasion of Russia in 1941

Hitler’s invasion of Russia is a fascinating piece of history to study. Why, when one of the greatest ever military commanders Napoleon had failed, did Hitler think he could succeed? Students are posed this question and using a causal spider diagram link the reasons why invading Russia could create many problems and challenges for the Nazis. The confidence of Hitler and his Generals can be seen when analysing sources about the Nazi-Soviet Pact which clearly show Hitler believing he held the upper hand. However no study of the invasion would be complete without looking at the Battle of Stalingrad and using video footage to show the plight of all those involved. There is a choice of two differentiated tasks depending on the ability being taught; in both students decide the most important reasons for the failure and final defeat of the Wehrmacht as they categorise the examples for this. A touch of scrabble at the end asks the students to guess a key word at the end of the lesson.
Poetry of the Second World WarQuick View

Poetry of the Second World War

This resource explores Second World War poetry in the context of war poetry as a whole. It includes an analysis of Timothy Corsellis' poem &'Dawn After the Raid&'; and writing exercises to get students writing their own poems based on Timothy's structure. The resource supports Young Poets Network&'s annual Timothy Corsellis Prize.
World War One: World War I BundleQuick View

World War One: World War I Bundle

World War I for KS3/4 , 3x well differentiated lessons on complete with new 9-1 level GCSE challenge questions. 1. World War I, conscription, conscientious objectors and propaganda 2. World War I, homefront and defence of the realm 3. World War I, causes, alliances, rivalry and colonialism. Each lesson is: Designed to last hour - last task can be set as homework or done as plenary, depending on time. Includes clip question and differentiated questions, starter sheets, LO check sheet with key terms and reasons cards all included with 1 hour Powerpoint. I'll be adding to this bundle as I plan, so check back occaionally for more lessons if you buy it. They will be free to download if you already have this bundle. Leave a review and choose any other resource from my shop for free: email me at with your choice :)
London and the Second World WarQuick View

London and the Second World War

5 excellent lessons on London and the Second World War. These lessons are linked to the new Edexcel GCSE 9-1 spec. All the resources are included and this series of lessons works well with the Pearson 'Warfare through time, c1250 - present'.
Children in the Second World WarQuick View

Children in the Second World War

We studied Goodnight, Mr Tom (the film and the book), topic books and artefacts relating to what it was like to be a child during World War II. The children wrote short diaries about what it would be like to be an evacuee or to be in an air raid during the Blitz. They used the recount genre with descriptive language, and demonstrated empathy with children in World War II.
Second World War - Lesson 2- Causes of the Second World WarQuick View

Second World War - Lesson 2- Causes of the Second World War

2 resources which examine all the causes of the Second World War including the Treaty of Versailles, failure of the League of Nations, appeasement, German rearmament, remilitarisation of the Rhineland, Anschluss, Munich agreement, Nazi-Soviet pact, etc.
The First World War Complete UnitQuick View

The First World War Complete Unit

A comprehensive unit of work covering many aspects of World War 1. Many activities to teach essential source and writing skills as well as dozens of unique literacy activities. Basic contents : Key word activities, the causes of the war, the assassination of Franz Ferdinand, The Schlieffen Plan, trench defend and attack strategies / games, who was to blame?, life in the trenches sources and writing exercise, propaganda, the theaters of war outside Europe, The Battle Of The Somme, Why Did The USA Enter The War? Why did the Soviet Union leave? animals in wartime including debate activity, airplanes, fully resourced investigation : Haig, Hero Butcher or Bungler, crossword and other review puzzles and timeline activities, comprehensive end of unit assessment. Updated : now includes a comprehensive 'Trial of Haig' activity. Skills : source analysis and evaluation, extended writing, cartoon interpretation, questioning photographic evidence, empathy letter writing exercise frames. Includes Teaching Guide / Ideas / Web Links.
Second World War - RationingQuick View

Second World War - Rationing

***SALE*** - this resource is on sale at a reduced price. Learning outcomes: describe what rationing consisted of. assess the methods by which rationing was ‘sold’ to the people of Britain. assess the relative significance of different aspects of the Home Front to people’s lives Lesson features differentiated learning objectives, a well-paced starter, main and plenary, and a focal on source evaluation, including the analysis of sources designed to encourage rationing. Lesson ties together series of three lessons on the Blitz, evacuation and rationing by asking students to compare the relative impact of these three events on Britain using Partington's model of historical significance.
Dunkirk - A Second World War StoryQuick View

Dunkirk - A Second World War Story

This activity is taken from MY UNCLE'S DUNKIRK by Mick Manning and Brita Granström (published by Franklin Watts in association with the Imperial War Museum). It explores the events at Dunkirk by comparing a holiday beach scene with a war zone. There is opportunity for plenty of cross curricular work, including history, geography and PSHE, as well as two worksheets to support the Pupils Writing Targets at Y 2, 3, 4 and 5.
World War II Timeline Activity (WWII)Quick View

World War II Timeline Activity (WWII)

World War II Timeline takes your students to Europe from 1935 to 1946. Students analyze the timeline and complete a twenty question common core aligned worksheet. This assesses students on the history of the WW2 as well as timeline analysis. An optional QR coded timeline is also included for more student engagement. It can be used in class or as homework as it’s a completely stand alone assignment. Key is included. Save some money by grabbing this amazing product, along with the entire World War 2 unit including PowerPoints, worksheets, lesson plans, review and assessment. Get World War II Unit Bundled. Topics include: • Japanese invasion of Manchuria • Italian invasion of Ethiopia • Kristallnacht • Non-Aggression Pact between Hitler and Stalin • German invasion of Poland • Battle of Britain • Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor • Final Solution • Battle of Midway • Battle of Stalingrad • D-Day • Battle of the Bulge • Atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki • V-E Day • V-J Day Related: • The Surrender of France Primary Source Analysis (WWII) • Nanking Massacre/Rape of Nanking Primary Source Analysis • Oppenheimer v Heisenberg: Race for the Bomb Video Guide - Video WebLink Included • World War II Aftermath Informational Text & Chart Analysis • World War II Rise of Dictators Informational Text Analysis • Hitler vs Treaty of Versailles Primary Source Analysis • World War II PowerPoint with Video Clips + Presenter Notes • World War II Crossword Puzzle Review • World War II Unit Bundled More awesome stuff on the way, “follow me” to be the first to know about new products! Also, follow me on Pinterest at World History Ideas!