A Soldier's Story

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.

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

National Curriculum links

This session supports:

English (KS2) Spoken language

  • Participate in discussions, presentations, performances, role play, improvisations.
  • Use spoken language to develop understanding through speculating, hypothesising, imagining and exploring ideas.
  • Articulate and justify answers, arguments and opinions.

History (KS2)

  • Study of an aspect or theme in British history that extends pupils’ chronological knowledge beyond 1066.

Learning objectives

During this session, pupils 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.


Booking Information

10.30, 12.00, 13.30
1 hour
Up to 35 students
£93 plus admission


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