School children in a We Were There session at IWM Duxford
Suitability Age 9-11 (KS2)
Subjects English, History
Topics Home Front
Session Type

Booking Information

Wednesdays, 10.30am and 12.30pm
90 minutes
30 students

About this session

This is a unique chance for students to meet veterans and eyewitnesses from the Second World War to today, hearing their personal stories, asking questions and connecting through conversations.

We Were There encourages active exploration of the causes and consequences of war, and helps students understand the impact of war and conflict on people’s lives, and the variety of these experiences. Through personal stories, question-based learning and conversation students have a chance to get to know the people who were there, living through conflict. This is a unique and truly unforgettable experience.

Please note that due to the unique nature of this session, eyewitness availability may vary.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the impact of war on people’s lives and the variety of experiences
  • Develop confidence in questioning and listening skills through collaborative conversations with adults and peers

National Curriculum Links

  • Key Stage 2 English: Spoken Language
  • Key Stage 2 History: a study of an aspect or theme in British history that extends pupils’ chronological knowledge beyond 1066
  • Key Stage 2 Citizenship: Preparing to play an active role as citizens


The session helped the pupils to think analytically and not just about history but about diversity, British values and life learning. They are now more aware of what is going on in the world and their place in it.” – Key Stage 2 Teacher

Availability for 2020 Bookings

  • Wednesday 12 February
  • Wednesday 25 March
  • Wednesday 29 April
  • Wednesday 13 May
  • Wednesday 24 June
  • Wednesday 8 July 

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