Battles of WW2

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27th May 2020
Battle of Normandy D-Day Operation overlord

Commemorate theanniversary of D-Day with your students using these hand-picked secondary history resources

The Battle of Normandy - codename Operation Overlord - began on 6th June 1944 when allied forces invaded occupied Europe in an effort to push German troops back and liberate France. To celebrate the 76th anniversary of D-Day, we have hand-picked a selection of lesson resources for both KS3 and KS4 history students on D-day and other prominent battles of WW2.

D-Day resources


An enquiry using a range of sources from the IWM collection into D-Day.

All the images are available to download together as a PowerPoint.

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By ImperialWarMuseums

KS3 D-Day (WW2)

WALT: Explain why the Axis forces were defeated at D-Day. Level 3: Identify hidden messages in US propaganda.
Level 4: Describe the key events of the D-Day invasion.
Level 5: Explain why Allied tactics lead to success.
Level 6: Compare the Allies and German tactics to explain why the Allies won.

Pupils analyse a source, follow a carousel to create the battle plan shown as the cover image, then read a source to compare British and German weaponry before creating a newspaper article about the invasion.

By ellie_ryl

Normandy Landings What was D-Day and what challenges did the Allies face

WALT: To be able to explain the challenged faced and overcome on D-Day.

MUST: Know what D-Day was and its importance for the Second World War. SHOULD: Be able to explain the different challenges faced by the Allies in the Normandy landings and how they were overcome.
COULD: Begin to explain which challenge was the greatest for the Allies, and why overcoming this challenge allowed the Allies to land successfully in Europe.
By W B

Operation Overlord and D-Day (WW2 SOW - 11)

Everything you need to teach an outstanding lesson and to be home in time for tea and medals!

A well structured lesson that sees pupils work with a resource pack of primary and secondary sources to come to a judgement. Pupils will then complete a 12 mark exam question.

Complete with pre-made feedback slips for easy marking, worksheets, writing frames, EAL support, literacy and numeracy starters, progress bar, lesson plan, quick start guide, and pedagogy justification.
By WolseyAcademy

The battle of Dunkirk resources


A detailed and well differentiated editable history lesson with enough material to extend into a double lesson. This lesson is all about different interpretations of Dunkirk and heavily focuses on source analysis. This lesson is suitable for any KS3 class - or a KS4 group who need a source analysis focus lesson.

This pack includes an editable PowerPoint, source packs, clip tasks, homework and extended literacy tasks. It is very easy to follow with all instructions on the slides as you go along.

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By History_Geeks

Evacuation of Dunkirk LP

Lesson resources designed around the question "Was Dunkirk a heroic moment in British history?" Includes sources for analysis.
By HotskyForTrotsky

KS3 History: Dunkirk Assessment Preparation & Assessment

KS3/KS4 Assessment preparation and Assessment on the Dunkirk Evacuation - focussing on whether it was a triumph or a disaster.
Assessment involves an interpretation and the following questions:
What does Interpretation A suggest about Dunkirk?
Why would the author of this Interpretation have this view?
How far do you agree with Interpretation A that Dunkirk was a disaster?
By charlottehistory2014

Was Dunkirk a success or failure?

Lesson which uses sources to answer the question, Was Dunkirk a success or failure?

WALT: To understand the events at Dunkirk and using Sources make a judgement

MUST: Know what Dunkirk was.
SHOULD: Be able to identify and explain the two different perspectives of Dunkirk through Sources.
COULD: Use the Sources to answer a two sided GCSE style question.

By W B

Battle of Britain resources

Battle of Britain

As a starter students highlight what they think the important information is on the handout (which has been differentiated). Students then use what they have done to come up with some questions and answers that they will use to test the person sitting next to them. After they've come up with the questions, they quiz each other. Then, as the last main activity, students write a paragraph explaining the key features of the Battle of Britian. Plenary is a Think/Pair/Share exercise.
By Change Continuity

Battle of Britain KS3

A lesson on the Battle of Britain for KS3 looking at categorising reasons for British victory. Also looks at a propaganda poster so includes source analysis skills. Extended writing P.E.E GCSE style paragraph included with writing frame. Code breaker starter that hooks students in straight away with second secret mission.
Done as a lesson observation was graded as outstanding.
All resources on powerpoint except for card sort and plenary sheet whichare word docs
Instructions in the note section of the powerpoint should talk you through the lesson & basic instructions also attached as a word doc.

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Why did Britain win the Battle of Britain

Battle of Britain lesson, considering factors why Britain won.

WALT: To understand the events of the Battle of Britain, and using factors to make a judgement.

MUST: Know what the Battle of Britain was.
SHOULD: Be able to explain why Britain won the battle by using factors.
COULD: Use the factors to create a strong argument of which is the most important factor for winning the Battle of Britain.

By W B

Battle of Britain (WW2 SOW - 6)

Everything you need to teach an outstanding lesson and to be home in time for tea and medals!

A well structured lesson that sees pupils prioritise the factors involved in the Battle of Britain before answering a 12 mark exam question.

Complete with worksheets, writing frames, EAL support, literacy and numeracy starters, progress bar, lesson plan, quick start guide, pedagogy justification and pre-made feedback slips for easy marking.
By WolseyAcademy

Pearl Harbor resources

The attack on Pearl Harbour

Lesson that could be taught as part of WWII topic. Students are prompted to debate what causes wars, are introduced to the actions of Japan at Pearl Harbour and analyse Primary and Secondary sources. As part of the lesson, you could show a clip from a Japanese propaganda film, which was shown to the Japanese public following the attack, which could prompt discussion about the intention of propaganda. Additionally, one of the sources is a short clip from Michael Bay's "Pearl Harbor", which is available on Youtube. Plenary recaps starter question about the causes of war, with optional final slide of comparative images, the first being the destruction at Pearl Harbour followed by the flattened city of Hiroshima.
By Lizzie_Tarpy

Pearl Harbor Newspaper Report

Sources and newspaper template enabling students to write a newspaper report on the attack on Pearl Harbor by the Japanese. New style GCSE usefulness question also included with levels success criteria. Works well with KS3 students.
By DanielWillcocks

Pearl Harbor Escape Room - No Prep!

The Pearl Harbor Day Escape Room will take students on a secret mission around the classroom! This escape room has students decode interesting facts about Pearl Harbor Day. This is the perfect resource to introduce World War II or commemorate Pearl Harbor Day. The Pearl Harbor Day Escape Room has students walking around the classroom breaking codes. Students are given a secret code name and sent on a secret mission to open the president’s vault. The codes include ciphers, Morse code, cryptograms and a final 4 digit code based on the decoders/clues.

Each clue and code is different. The codes require students to think differently to decipher or decode them. Some codes are easier than others. Some codes require critical thinking to determine what a letter/symbol stands for. Each code will reveal interesting facts about Pearl Harbor Day. The use of secret code will keep your students engaged while competing to find the final code. Students can report the final code to you. If you wanted to, you could purchase a 4 digit lock that you program, but it is not necessary at all! No props needed!! This is a NO PREP, PRINT & GO Activity!

Students are sent on a “secret mission” and given a back story to ignite their active learning skills. They are given a code name which makes them feel as if they are part of the secret mission. Students practice hands-on, practical problem solving skills all while learning about Pearl Harbor Day. Your students will be inspired to think outside the box!

Students must summarize what they learned before they can win to ensure proper active learning has taken place.

The best age range for this resource is 8+. Please look at the preview to determine if this resource works for your age group. Younger students may need some help with some of the more difficult codes.

You can use the pre-labeled clues or you can challenge older kids to choose/find the decoder that works for each of the clues. A set of labeled and non-labeled decoders are included for differentiation.

Once your students try one of my escape rooms, they will beg for more!
This activity is for all types of learners, especially kinesthetic.
In addition to learning or reinforcing the subject matter, my escape rooms encourage teamwork and critical thinking. As a “timed” challenge, students will be engaged from beginning to end!

An answer key and teacher directions are provided.
Time needed: 30-60 minutes

This escape room includes 12 fun, colorful signs to take class pictures with at the end of the mission. Signs include “Puzzle Master”, “She did all the work”, “Genius”, “We did it”, “I Escaped” and more! Hang the pictures in your room, send them in a parent newsletter or share them on social media 

By Think Tank

Pearl Harbor Source Analysis Activity

Pearl Harbor Source Analysis Activity - 7 pages
By HistoriaVictoria

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