Key Stage 2 Learning Sessions


  • An image showing evacuees during the Second World WarFlossie and Frank's Wartime Experience

    Genuine and replica artefacts, sounds and smells help to tell the story of Flossie and Frank, two children living through the Second World War. One is evacuated; the other has to live with the Blitz.

  • An image of two women driving an ambulance during the First World WarLearning from Artefacts: First World War

    Students explore replica and genuine artefacts from the First World War and use images and quotes to discuss themes including life in the trenches, the role of women and life on the home front.

  • An image of children examing objectsLearning from Artefacts: Second World War Home Front

    Students explore the impact of the Second World War on people’s lives by examining artefacts and archive material linked to themes such as the Blitz, ARP, evacuation, social change, rationing and shipping.

  • Learning from Artefacts: Stories of Conflict

    This session encourages students to consider how we learn about history by exploring the personal stories of four local people linked to conflicts from the First and Second World Wars and the Iraq War 2003.

  • An image of Piccadilly Gardens durng the BlitzObject Handling: Blitz

    In this gallery-based handling activity, students explore the themes of air raids, blackout and civil defence by examining genuine and replica artefacts.

  • A painting showing a long line of women queueing outside a shopObject Handling: Rationing

    In this gallery-based activity, students learn the basic concept of rationing and the impact it had on society by handling genuine and replica artefacts.

  • An image showing soldiers in a support trenchObject Handling: Trench Life

    In this gallery-based activity, students gain an understanding of what soldiers experienced in the First World War trenches by looking at genuine artefacts and hearing personal stories.

  • A painting showing two Indian soldiers in the DesertStory Time: Abdul and Ali’s First World War

    Hear the stories of two Indian brothers, Abdul and Ali, and their different experiences as soldiers on the Western Front in France and in Mesopotamia during the First World War.

  • An image of a dog on top of a pile of rubbleStory Time: Animals and War

    This interactive storytelling session incorporates puppets and photographs to explain the roles played by animals during times of war, including Rip, a dog that helped find people trapped after bombing raids in the Second World War.

  • An image showing evacuees on a farm during the Second World WarStory Time: Billy's War

    This multi-sensory session uses a range of visual materials, sounds, smells and replica objects to tell the captivating story of Billy, a charming rag doll character, evacuated to the countryside during the Second World War.

  • A painting showing a canteen filled with female workersViolet's First World War

    In this Living History Workshop, students are introduced to a costumed character Violet – a woman living through the First World War. Pupils examine artefacts and photographs as inspiration to create a postcard as if they are writing from the trenches.

  • A nurse and seven young children enjoy a walk in the grounds of the Chaim Weizmann Home at Tapley Park in Instow, DevonActivity Trails

    Our trails encourage your students to look closely at some key items on display linked to a particular theme.

  • An image of people watching a Big Picture ShowSelf Guided Visits

    Explore displays on the First and Second World War themes such as the Blitz, evacuation, life on the home front, rationing and trench warfare. Studies of the inter-war period and modern conflict as well as cross-curricular subjects can also be enriched by a visit.

  • Teachers at IWM North.Training and Development

    How can museum collections show us what happened in the past? These sessions are designed to show teachers how we can learn about history by exploring source material and personal stories.

Schools at IWM North

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