Archive for April, 2012

Britain’s greatest foe?

Posted: April 15, 2012 in Uncategorized

An article from the Daily Telegraph to help you decide.

The British National Army Museum recently conducted a poll for Britain’s greatest foe. The article above explains the poll and the eventual winner. Do you agree? You may have to research the individuals a little more before casting your vote. Teachers will be asked as well so hopefully, being an international school, we will have a balanced opinion. Feel free to email with suggestions of your own.


…and for Year 13, there is a follow-up article you may know a little about. Ishtehar, I know, is a big fan.

An article from the Daily Telegraph. It suggests an alternative the list given.



Posted: April 11, 2012 in Year 9


Watch the following four video clips from the Second World War.  For each one answer the following four questions in your exercise books;


1.       Who do you think the video is made by? (small paragraph only as there be more than one answer)


2.       Who is likely to have watched the video? Who is the clip aimed at and why? (between one and two paragraphs)


3.       What in the video can be described as propaganda, (for instance think about how it is filmed, what is being filmed, sound effects and the language used to describe things)? (bullet points required)


4.       Is it biased and if so, which parts? What message is the video trying to put across and why? (there could be more than one message but each one deserves a paragraph of analysis)


You will need to research the events that the video clips mention in order to work out the answers. Feel free to email me if you have any difficulties.


1. London Can Take It



2. Italian Prisoners



3. Fuhrer’s birthday



4. Pearl Harbor Newsreel



Websites such as and can be used to research the events.


1. The Blitz on London


2. Campaign in North Africa, (although students should already know this).


3. You have studied Nazi Germany already but you should research what is taking place during the spring of 1944 in order to analyse the clip.


4. Pearl Harbor, December 1941. Bear in mind that America was not involved in the Second World War prior to this event.

Year 13

Posted: April 6, 2012 in A2

Richard Evans in a spat with an author who has written about Hitler. Arrogance, accuracy or irrelevant? Interesting to read the comments by the Telegraph readers at the bottom of the article. This may give a few ideas for Evans’ reliability.

The argument over Wilson’s Hitler biography.

9LW tasks.

Posted: April 1, 2012 in Year 9

You are to study the Battle of El Alamein and this will be your next assessment. However, all students need to be aware of some of the developments in the Second World War before being taught what happened and why in the battle. The first thing to do is download the document below and complete the exercise. You can cut and paste or write them in your book.

WWII chronology exercise

Secondly, you need to click on the Year 9 page.  Then scroll down until you see North Africa. You need to open the powerpoint entitled, ‘North African Campaign’. It is a long presentation but you only need to use part of it. Only use slides 1 to 17. Using powerpoint, and the section on Tobruk, try to answer the following questions.

1. Why did Italy attack the British in North Africa?

2. What was the DAK?

3. Can you describe the style of fighting in North Africa?

4. When was Tobruk taken by Rommel?

5. Why was Tobruk important?

Try to answer in paragraphs where possible.

Whilst researching and analysing the above, write a list of new words you find. Find out what they mean as they may be repeated when we study the Battle of Alamein.

Any questions, see me or email over the Easter period.