Thursday, 22 January 2015

The Battle of Britain, Alan Turing and VE day

More often than not, memorable activities are the best way to introduce new themes, ideas and concepts, or facts.  It becomes a discussion point for later and can push their interest in pursuing the subject at a deeper level.  It's something I try to do often in our work to keep the kiddies excited about learning and it also engages my youngest in our school work.

So on Monday we made Britain out of wooden blocks.  We talked about the Luftwaffe and the German plan to destroy British air bases, coastal convoys and shipping bases.  But the British decoded the messages sent to Luftwaffe Command and prepared their defence:  The Battle of Britain.

Mummy's lovely cousin arrived from Australia for the week and so we engaged him in making a timeline of the World War II (with a crown on, of course).

The Boy finished his book.

On Wednesday we celebrated VE day with a party.  

Monkey Girl made biscuits and the others made cheese and cucumber sandwiches, jam sandwiches and egg sandwiches, as instructed by our neighbour who was 11 on VE day and remembers it well.

Panda Girl used the sewing machine to ake her own bunting.  She did a smashing job.

Nanny M came to visit and shared her stories of post-war rations.

Our neighbour shared this magazine front cover with us.  She is in this photo!

Bletchley Park  
Home of the Code Breakers

The Enigma Machines used by the code breakers at Bletchley Park.  Their work was said to have shortened the war by two years.

Alan Turing, a brilliant mind.

The recent movie, The Imitation Game, starring Benedict Cumberbatch about Alan Turing and Bletchley Park was partly filmed in this room.

Code breaking


Hut 6 is where, amongst others, the code breakers deciphered German encryptions about the invasion of Britain by air.


 Alan Turing's office.  A sobering room.  How indebted we are to these men.