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Key Stage 2

Codes and Ciphers Discovery (Year 3 only)

Join Emma and Jack at story time as Granny helps them to find out what went on at Bletchley Park during WW2: how the German Enigma operators tried to keep their messages secret, how they sent them and how the codebreakers listened in to these messages. Who will be the best at understanding Morse code, spotting patterns and figuring out other secret messages? What hidden codebreaking skills do your pupils have?

During this session pupils will:

Learn more about secrets:  about what a secret is, when it is important to keep a secret and who secrets should be shared with.

Find out how ciphers were used to keep information secret during WW2 and use a real Enigma machine.

Use and develop their team-working and problem-solving skills to solve puzzles and break codes.

Subject focus: Maths, History

Careless Talk Costs Lives (Years 3 and 4 only)

Loose Lips Sink Ships. Make Do and Mend. Look Out in the Blackout. Dig For Victory. Students will investigate everyday life during WW2, including its social and material challenges, by finding out about Codebreakers’ lives: the secrecy, the shortages, the blackout and their jobs.

During this session students will:

Think about the role of secrecy during WW2 and at Bletchley Park in particular, deciding for themselves what information it is safe to share and what must be kept secret.

Explore the challenges war posed on the home front including rationing and getting about in the Blackout.

Handle wartime objects and clothing, comparing them to the modern day equivalents and drawing their own conclusions about how and why they have changed.

Students will also have the opportunity to see an Enigma machine and have a go at Morse code.

Subject focus: History

Codes and Ciphers (Years 4, 5 and 6)

From Ancient Greece to the modern day people have been using increasingly complex codes and ciphers with the intention of communicating secretly and keeping information secure. Enigma was one such cipher. Students will enjoy the rare opportunity to use a genuine Enigma machine as well as encountering a range of historical codes and ciphers as they work together to decipher messages in order to solve a puzzle.

During this session students will:

Increase their knowledge of codes and ciphers and their uses throughout history.

Develop their understanding of the role that ciphers played during WW2, with specific reference to the Enigma machine and the wider operations of Bletchley Park.

Use and develop team working, problem solving and mathematical thinking skills, applying them to a practical codebreaking task.

Subject focus: Maths, History

Cyber Secrets (Years 3 to 6)

Bletchley Park’s codebreakers exploited vulnerabilities and basic breaches of protocol in the use of Enigma to break encrypted messages. These types of techniques are still used in today’s connected world. Through challenges and an Enigma demonstration students will examine these techniques in more detail, evaluate their relevance to our modern day, online lives and consider any changes they may need to make to their online habits.

During this session students will:

Understand that human error and complacency is often the reason for cyber security breaches, as in WW2 codebreaking.

Identify threats from scenarios and understand protection strategies and techniques.

Use their discoveries to understand ways to keep personal information safe online.

Subject focus: History, Computing, PSHE

Interception to Intelligence (Years 5 and 6 only)

It is 1941 and the Battle of the Atlantic is at its height. Numerous convoys of essential supplies are being sunk by German Wolf packs and Britain is close to surrender. In the role of codebreakers students will intercept and decipher German Naval communications in order to plan a strategy to get the next convoy safely to Liverpool.

During this session students will:

Develop their knowledge and understanding of WW2 events and the role of Bletchley Park in the Battle of the Atlantic.

Briefly describe the process of decryption at Bletchley Park, from when a message is first intercepted until the intelligence is used.

Apply team working, problem solving and strategic thinking skills to obtain and apply scenario based intelligence.

Subjects focus: History, Maths

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