Year 10 have been covering a great amount of detail as part of our humanities research regarding World War Two. The students have been learning how the conflict started with the rise of Hitler within Germany.
Our work has then started to understand how it must have felt to live in London during WW2. Year 10 have been learning about the Blitz and how people living in London managed to cope with this constant threat. We have also been looking at the important role played by women on the Home Front during the War.
As part of this project we have introduced the students to the concepts of primary and secondary sources. Year 10 are now able to identify different types of evidence. This is an important skill for any historian. It allows us to make a decision about how authentic information sources might be.
Year 10 have identified that primary sources for WW2 may include coins, maps or letters. A secondary source could be a modern day film that has been made about WW2. Venn diagrams have been drawn. We have seen that very few sources are both primary and secondary.
Our WW2 work is now coming to an end with the pupils looking at VE Day. We have been understanding why this was such an important occasion for people living in London, and how it was celebrated.
All pupils have designed a poster in the form of a newspaper report to capture the mood of VE Day. We have also put together a WW2 timeline starting with the outbreak of War, all the way through to VE Day.
You can listen to the thoughts from a couple of Year 10 students in the recording below.