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Primary school events

Dig for Victory, run for cover!  A WW2 History event for KS2

Tue 16 Jan 2018 10:30 – 15:00
NFT1, BFI Southbank

Dig for Victory, run for cover!  A WW2 History event for KS2

This event is intended for teachers and students only.

The focus of this event is facilitating pupils’ learning about life on the Home Front in the UK during World War 2. The event is offered as support for Key Stage 2 History, and focuses on life on the Home Front as depicted through different types of film.

The interactive session will use films from the BFI National Archive, such as newsreels and government information films, which show everyday wartime life for adults and children on subjects such as: the Blitz, ‘growing your own’, ‘digging for victory’, rationing and evacuation.

The presenter will also introduce ideas around the differences between fiction and non-fiction films and their depictions to assist pupil understanding. Finally, there will be an introduced afternoon screening of the TV feature, Goodnight Mr Tom, a moving story about an evacuee during the Blitz (US/UK 1999. Dir. Jack Gold, 108mins), the book of which teachers may have introduced to pupils during their teaching of this topic.

Suitable for KS2 (Years 5&6) History and Gifted & Talented pupils

£6 per pupil; £1 per adult accompanying every 5 pupils; for any additional adult the pupil rate applies. £40 for teachers attending without pupils.

Please note that schools should provide their own packed lunches.

How to Book

First phone to check availability. Call 020 7815 1329 Monday-Friday 10:00 – 18:00. Then either book by phone using credit/debit cards only OR book by post by downloading the booking form and sending it with a cheque made payable to ‘British Film Institute’ or card details to: School Bookings, BFI Education, Belvedere Road, South Bank, London, SE1 8XT.

Booking form

Please refer to our frequently asked questions before contacting our Education team, as these may help answer your queries.


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