In 2013, WWII was made no longer compulsory on the History curriculum for KS2 and KS3. However, learning about the Battle of Britain does still fit into the curriculum and can easily be taught.
Key Stage 2
The History curriculum states that pupils must, 'study an aspect of history, or a site, dating from a period beyond 1066, that is significant in the locality.' Learning about the Battle of Britain at Kenley airfield is therefore the perfect way to study a key historical event and engage with local history.
In fact, the curriculum even uses the Battle of Britain as an example of what could be taught under the new remit, stating: 'a significant turning point in British history e.g. the Battle of Britain.'
Key Stage 3
The History curriculum states that pupils must be taught about 'challenges for Britain, Europe and the wider world 1901 to the present day' . It then suggests that this include 'the Second World War and the wartime leadership of Winston Churchill'.
The curriculum also states that History lessons must include 'a local history study' that is 'linked to one of the challenges for Britain, Europe and the wider world...'.
Kenley airfield therefore offers a unique opportunity to engage directly with WWII, the Battle of Britain and local history. Moreover, Winston Churchill repeatedly spoke about Kenley - once saying that it was too important to London to be given up - and even learnt to fly here.
Winston Churchill at Kenley