A WW2 austerity Christmas

A WW2 Christmas
(PowerPoint: WW2 Christmas)

Starter: Why is Christmas difficult during war? How do people cope?
Show video of US marines doing a silly Christmas parade in Afghanistan and emphasise that people make the most out of bad situations during war and especially during Christmas.


1. Teacher Introduction
Introduce the enquiry – What was Christmas like during WW2? – Ask the students how the question could be broken down and hopefully get them to think about Home Front and soldiers.

2. Why would Christmas during WW2 have been particularly difficult?
Get them to list a few reasons why WW2 was difficult thinking back to previous lessons, e.g. rationing, Blitz etc.

3. Christmas on the Home Front
Get the students to make notes from the following activities:
a.) Gerald’s story – get one or two to read this out and discuss (story linked from PPT)
b.) BBC videos – there are five neat little videos that show lots of different aspects of life during WW2
c.) War bond posters – could do an inference activity or just discuss the specific features of each
d.) Make do and mend – bring in a load of old newspapers and cardboard and give the students 10 minutes to make a Christmas decoration. Need to follow this with a reflection activity.

4. Christmas on the Front
Give the students the slide of images. Get them to label all the features and look for similarities and differences

Plenary – Discussion
Could you cope with a WW2 style Christmas?


One Response to A WW2 austerity Christmas

  1. Pingback: Christmas History Lesson: World War One | High Dive Teaching

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