Winston Churchill Lesson for Kids: Facts & Biography

Instructor: Claire DeSaussure

Claire has worked in behavioral programs at the Elementary Level and has an MLS with a focus on Creative Writing.

Sir Winston Churchill was an important person in both British and American history. Let's learn about his life and uncover some interesting facts about him now.

Growing Up

Winston Churchill was born on November 30, 1874. Winston was a stocky redhead with a speech problem. He was lazy at school, although he did like math and history.

As Winston grew, he wanted to be a soldier, so he took the entry test for Sandhurst, which is a famous military school in England. Winston failed the test. Winston really wanted to be an army officer so he took the test again. Winston failed again. It took Winston Churchill three tries to pass the test.

It was Churchill's determination to succeed that would make him such a great leader.

Churchill in His Uniform
Churchill in his Uniform

Prime Minister

Winston Churchill is most famous for being Great Britain's prime minister. In Great Britain, the prime minister is the person who is in charge of the government, a lot like the president is of the USA.

In 1939, Germany invaded Poland. Great Britain and Russia didn't think this was fair and realized that Germany wanted to invade other countries in Europe as well. They declared war, and this war is known as World War Two, or WWII.

When the war broke out a man named Neville Chamberlain was the British prime minister. The people of Britain did not think he was doing a good job fighting the Germans, so he resigned. Winston Churchill became prime minister in 1940 when he was 65.

Winning World War II

Winston was ready to work hard to win the war. He made many famous speeches where his determination to save Europe from the German invasion helped the people feel strong enough to continue to fight. Winston said, 'We shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender.' Churchill's words were met with cheers. Winston was becoming a hero.

Churchil Making His Victory Sign
Churchill Making His Famous Victory Sign

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