Our Topic Homework Project

World War Two

Our topic this term is history-based and is all about World War Two.

  • To complement this we would like the children to find out about the war and particularly the lives of children at this time.

  • Help them to research the information - either online or in books, newspapers or magazine articles, perhaps at the library.

  • We are very keen for the children to start to develop independent skills such as investigating, research, selecting important information and presenting it.

How to present the project

  • We have been very impressed by the different approaches the children and their families have taken to previous projects; from posters to Powerpoints, from models to games and many more.

  • Once again we are giving an open ended project – it can be as long or short as the child’s circumstances dictate.

     

  • You can choose one of the following ways to present your project or choose another way to present it. Help your child to choose the level which is appropriate.

    1.   A purely finding out, oral approach where you might read, investigate & just talk about it.

    2.   A mainly picture based project in a book or folder, with a little writing.

    3.   A written or word processed project, with some pictures and maps, in the form of a book or folder.

    4. An ICT project, perhaps using PowerPoint, & saved on a disc or memory stick

    5. Something more creative like a game or a model

     

    If there are any problems or questions about this, please see your child’s class teacher who is more than willing to offer support if needed.

Here are some questions and ideas which you could use to guide your work.

  • You don’t need to cover all of the questions.

  • Feel free to include any other information you think is relevant or interesting.

     

    Some questions and ideas to guide your work

    The project could include information about:

    • The main events of the war and before, from Hitler’s rise to power up to VE Day.

    • The lives of children during the war, including evacuation.

    • Air raids, The Blitz, air raid shelters, gas masks, the blackout, ARPs etc.

    • Rationing and food during the war.

    • If you have any family members who have memories of the war, perhaps include a section about their experiences - perhaps your child could interview them.

    • Entertainment, fashion, wartime songs.

    • Women’s lives during the war – work, the Land Army.