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Features for Teachers: The Second World War

Posted on 23/10/2015 in Features for Teachers

Looking for a new way to introduce the subject of World War Two and the Blitz to your class? The Blitz Next Door, by acclaimed author Cathy Forde, could be a great place to start. Featuring lots of historical details about the Second World War, and specifically about the Clydebank Blitz, this vivid novel is sure to capture the imagination of both boys and girls aged 8 to 12.

We’ve come up with some ideas for both group and individual activities based on The Blitz Next Door. Why not get your students to imagine they are in Clydebank in 1941. What would they take with them to the air raid shelter when the sirens go off? Or perhaps a group of students could write a song or poem to keep younger children entertained while the bombs are falling.

The Blitz Next Door is a thrilling adventure story based on the events of the Clydebank Blitz of 1941. When Pete’s dad finds a new job, he finds himself leaving his home in London overnight, heading for Clydebank in Scotland. There are advantages to his new life, including a massive new bedroom and his first ever garden, complete with a real-life bomb shelter. He’d even be ok with the girl in the house next door crying all the time. Except that there is no house next door…

Pete makes two new friends: Dunny, who knows all about the Second World War, and Beth, the impossible girl next door who somehow seems to come from it. Pete slowly realises that Beth has returned from the 1940s for a reason. But does Pete have the courage to step into the past to solve a mystery that’s over seventy years old?

Activity Sheets

Packed full of ideas for class and individual activities, this activity sheet offers fresh approaches to bring the Second World War to life in your classroom.

Download an activity sheet based on The Blitz Next Door.

Activities include designing a poster telling people what to do in an air raid; using the internet or library to find stories about their hometown from World War II; or writing a song or poem to younger children entertained in an air raid shelter.

Author Visits

Cathy Forde has many years of experience engaging children, having worked as a secondary school English teacher before becoming an author. She can talk to students comfortably and knowledgeably about the Clydebank Blitz, drawing on aspects that are featured in her book.

>> For more on arranging an author visit, go to our Author Events page.

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