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WW2 Workshop

Discussion in 'School trips' started by MrBrothwell, Jul 5, 2016.

  1. MrBrothwell

    MrBrothwell New commenter

    Welcome to WW2 Workshop, the place where WW2 and the Blitz meets schools across the country. WW2 Workshop consists of a school visit that is a tailor-made unit of work that has been developed in-line with the new 2014 History Curriculum.

    I am the Chief Air Raid Warden of the Nottingham Division, and it is my job to transport the children back to the times of WW2! I take the children back to 1939 and immerse them in interactive activities that make them feel as though they are living in war-time Britain (on the Home Front).

    I am a fully qualified and practising Primary School Teacher. Being a Teacher myself means that this is no simple school visit, where someone turns up dressed up in WW2 attire and the children simply look and listen. The tailor-made day consists of an enriching and progressive scheme of work, where children will be learning a great deal about life in WW2 and how civilians lived through the Blitz, through active learning, active listening, group work, role play and performance.

    Feedback from running the workshop has been fantastic. Teachers have commented on how the children had a great day, having a lot of fun and having a truly memorable experience. The learning from the day has proved to be far greater than in any normal history lesson, and this has resulted in the children's writing on the subject being vastly improved. Boys in particular have seen their writing quality improve, as they are very knowledgeable and engaged in the topic.


    WW2 Workshop is an interactive scheme of work whereby children handle a plethora of artefacts, both genuine and reproduced, to create a hands-on learning experience. The artefacts have been sourced from across Britain and have a combined worth of many hundreds of pounds (the genuine, fully working air raid siren alone is worth over £300).

    As well as the handling and investigating of some incredible artefacts, the children will be learning about WW2 in-line with the 2014 curriculum. Being a fully qualified and practising teacher, I am able to create a learning experience that includes active learning, active listening, group work, role play and performance. All learning is fully inclusive and accessible to all children including SEN and EAL children.

    The workshop brings WW2 and the Blitz to life, creating a truly memorable learning experience for the children (and teachers). The workshop covers key objectives from the 2014 curriculum and more, going far beyond the minimum requirements.

    The service that I provide, that makes me stand out from the people doing 'dress-up' is:

    A scheme of work planned, resourced and delivered by a practising teacher.
    A professional, reliable service, guaranteed to fulfil your requirements.
    Authentic equipment and props that are too expensive for school budgets to warrant purchasing.
    A broad knowledge of WW2 History, Air Raid Wardens and the associated artefacts.

    All this and much more, makes the day a truly memorable one, and helps embed the learning far better than any normal history lesson! Boys in particular will remember a great amount from the day, and recent feedback has been that their writing has improved considerably as a result of this workshop.

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    "Leigh came in to our school to introduce a WWII topic to our cohort of 75 year 5 children. The workshop was fantastic, absolutely loads of artefacts for the children to handle and view including a working air raid siren. Leigh's knowledge was excellent and his experience as a teacher meant that behaviour and pace were all first class. The children loved the mini workshops including operating a stirrup pump, bandaging each other's "war injuries" and a fact hunt activity with all the artefacts. I thoroughly recommend this workshop and would not hesitate in booking Leigh again for future sessions." Mr Matkin, Queen Victoria Primary School.

    "An engaging, hands-on introduction to life in Britain during WW2!" Anna Hopkins, Ben Jonson Primary School.
  2. MrBrothwell

    MrBrothwell New commenter

    Here are some photos from a typical workshop...

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  3. Geoff Thomas

    Geoff Thomas Star commenter

    Maybe (more) appropriate in the History and / or Primary forums?
  4. blazer

    blazer Star commenter

    Or buy some advertising space!

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