World War II video (secondary)

Developed in partnership with Royal Holloway, University of London.

This video and accompanying resource pack explores the role of UK Parliament in WWII.  

Your students will learn about the laws passed at the start of the war, including conscription into the armed forces. They will question Parliament’s ability to scrutinise Churchill’s coalition government and explore specific challenges made by members of Parliament about decisions made.

They will learn that the House of Commons Chamber was destroyed during the Blitz and the measures in place to ensure that Parliament could continue to function throughout the war.

Finally, they will be introduced to some of the post-war legislation passed to help Britain rebuild, including the creation of the National Health Service. 

Curriculum links

England

  • History KS3 – Challenges for Britain, Europe and the wider world (1901- present)

  • History KS4 – War and British Society c.790 to c.2010

  • History KS4 – Warfare and British society, c1250–present (London and the Second World War, 1939–45)

  • History KS5 – The World Wars and their legacies: Britain, 1914–1964

  • History KS5 – Wars and Welfare: Britain in Transition, 1906–1957 (The People’s War and Peace, 1939–1951)

Northern Ireland

  • History KS3 – Challenges for Britain, Europe and the wider world (1901- present)

  • History KS4 – Warfare and British society, c1250–present (London and the Second World War, 1939–45)

Scotland

  • History – Britain and Ireland 1900-1985

  • Social Studies – People, past events and societies

Wales

  • History KS3 – Challenges for Britain, Europe and the wider world (1901- present)

  • History KS4 – Warfare and British society, c1250–present (London and the Second World War, 1939–45)

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