A soldier's story

About this session

Key Stage 2 Subject: History, English Topics: War and Conflict Session Type: Object handling

It is 1940 and the world is at war for a second time. Tommy Smith, a local soldier from the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, shares his experience of the war through storytelling and object handling.

A costumed presenter will enable children to find out what life was like for a young Fusilier soldier fighting on the front line.

This session was jointly created by The Tower of London and the Fusilier Museum, London.

Learning objectives

Children will:

  • Use objects to learn about the life of a soldier in 1940.
  • Use role play to discover more about a soldier’s wartime experience.
  • Develop their skills of historical enquiry by questioning a costumed character.

National Curriculum links

This session supports:

  • Using spoken language to develop understanding through speculating, hypothesising, imagining and exploring ideas.
  • Study of an aspect or theme in British history that extends pupils’ chronological knowledge beyond 1066: a significant turning point in British history


Booking Information

Available until end of summer term 2019
10.30, 12.00, 13.30
1 hour
Up to 35 children
£95 plus admission

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