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World War Two Artefact box

(Also now available as a zoom workshop, either with the box or as a standalone)

Discover and develop the story of a fictional WW2 family

with this writing-focused box with character-related genuine artefacts

Welcome to our WW2 topic box, containing these real and replica historical Second World War artefacts and teaching resources for hire straight to your school to enhance your teaching and your pupils' learning.  


This box is slightly different to our others in that it is based around a fictional WW2 family from some found photos, meaning it is perfect for writing, drama and character creation actvities, using some of our lesson plans with full writing lesson plans and character profiles to explore in guided reading.

Artefacts in this box

(with associated characters)

  • ARP blackout lamp (mum)

  • Plane spotter's binoculars (dad)

  • 3 'mystery' character boxes with sewing equipment, shrapnel and coins (all)

  • Air Raid Warden's silver ARP badge (mum)

  • Warden's whistle (mum)

  • King George VI biscuit tin with useable (modern, clean) bandages and instructions (all)

  • Shell dressing bandage (dad)

  • Warden's armband (mum)

  • Brass rifle oiler (dad)

  • Child's suitcase (both children)

  • Teddy (children)

  • Replica toy car (children)

  • Boy's cap (boy)

  • Girl's beret (girl)

  • Ration book (all)

  • Soldier's cap with badge (dad)

  • Useable Morse code machine (dad)

  • Photographs of fictional family (all)

  • Full instructions and lesson ideas

  • Access to all our 360 views, lesson plans and online video 

girls looking at toy car in WW2 primary
girl looking at WW2 photograph in histor
pupils using first aid instructions in w

With its unique writing focus, this box is one of our favourites of all our history loan boxes and feedback from teachers who have used it has been excellent in terms of the way it has impacted on KS2 writing.  


Initially introduced to the family in the video explanation, the pupils explore the characters further using the clues provided by the artefacts in the box. This is then built upon with a series of writing lessons designed to add depth to the characters for pupils to take foward into their own writing.


For example, they can step into role as one of the two children evacuees writing to their mum; design and question their own character or even make a paper Spitfire plane to hang in class!


Whichever direction you take with the box and its resources, we are sure it will enhance your pupils' learning and bing your topic to life with this fantastic WW2 primary history teaching resource!

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