Topic 2 Year 9 History

Topic  WW2 and the Holocaust
No of lessons  28-30
When is it happening  Year 9 - Term 1 and 2
What will students learn Students will fulfil the requirement of studying challenges for Britain, Europe and the wider world 1901 to the present day through the study of WW2 and the statutory requirement of studying the Holocaust.
Key Knowledge that students should know at the end of 'Topic' This is the knowledge that students will meet for the first time in this topic  Students will study some of the pivotal moments in WW2 including Dunkirk, the Battle of Britain and the Battle of Stalingrad. Students will learn the events of D-Day, students will spend some time understanding that VE Day didn't mean the end of WW2. Students will study the events of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Students will learn about anti-Semitism and its prevalence prior to the Nazis. Students will learn about the persecution of German Jews from 1933-1939, students will learn about the key features of the ghettos and concentration camps. Students will learn about the actions of ordinary Germans.
This is knowledge that students may have met before but will need to deepen their understanding  Students will retrieve knowledge on the beliefs of the Nazi Party and Hitler. The inter-war years and knowledge of warfare from WW1
Key Skills that students should be able to demonstrate at the end of 'Topic' This is the skills  that students will meet for the first time in this topic Students will argue the significance of the Battle of Britain by using a criteria and detailed knowledge of the event to arrive at a reasoned judgement.
This is skills that students may have met before but will need to develop  Students will have some experience of assessing significance using a basic criteria. Students have the skills to argue their point of view and provide a reasoned judgement.
Key vocabulary that students should know and understand Warfare, Blitzkrieg, Luftwaffe, Spitfire, D-Day, VE Day, VJ Day, Enigma Machine, Bombe Machine, Pearl Harbour, Little Boy, Fat Man, Shtetls, Antisemitism, Volksgemeinschaft, Einsatzgruppen, Nuremberg Laws, Ghettos, Extermination camp, Kindertransport, De-Nazification
The Big Question  How was Germany defeated in WW2?


 Key questions that students should be able to answer at the end of the 'Topic'














How has warfare changed since WW1?
Was Dunkirk a success or a failure for Britain?
Indian Troops at Dunkirk
Noor Inayyat Khan
Was the Battle of Britain a turning point in WW2?
Battle of Stalingrad
How did WW2 end?  VE Day

Significance of Turing?

How did WW2 end?  Hiroshima and Nagasaki
End of unit assessment - Was the USA right to use the atomic bomb?
How and why did the Holocaust happen?
Who were the Jews of Europe before WW2?
What prejudice did Jews face?
Who were the Nazi’s enemies and how were they treated?
How did life change for German Jews in the 1930s?
How were Jews affected by the creation of ‘Greater Germany’?
Why did the death rate rise so rapidly in the Warsaw Ghetto?
What were concentration camps and extermination camps?
Did the Jews fight back?
Who was responsible for the Holocaust?
Did the British Government do enough?
Was justice done?