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During World War II many British children from inner city families were sent away to live with new families in the country (or "evacuated") for their safety. This could be an emotional and confusing experience for all involved as this adaptation of the novel by Michelle Magorian demonstrates. John Thaw plays the cantankerous widower Tom Oakley whose cosy life is disrupted by the arrival of 9-year-old Willie Beech.
A film guide that looks at Britain on Film (Primary), exploring its key topics and themes through informal discussion.
Resources to support work with this beautiful animation based on the graphic novel by Raymond Briggs.
A film guide that looks at Goodnight Mister Tom (1998), exploring its key topics and themes through informal discussion.
Stirring drama about The Blitz, as seen through the eyes of a young boy growing up in London.
14+ years 108 mins
Family friendly classic mixing knockabout comedy, action and animation for three young evacuees and a kindly witch in the midst of World War Two.
5–11 years 112 mins
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Assistant Headteacher and club leader Simon Pile discusses how film brought him closer to the events of the past, and how it can do the same for your students.
Reading time 3 mins
We explore how film can be used to teach young people about the far-reaching impact and effect that war and conflict can have, on both soldiers and civilians.
Reading time 4 mins
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