On Friday it is VE Day and it is the 75th Anniversary. But what is VE Day? Why is it such an important date for us to remember? Read the information and try to find out as much as you can about this special day. (Information at bottom of page following activities).
|The project this week aims to provide opportunities for you to gain a better understanding of what VE Day is about and why we celebrate it. |
What is VE Day? Read through the information pack together and talk about what VE day is and why it is celebrated. After you have done this you can choose some activities from the list below or from the pack.
Have a Sing-Song During the wars music and songs were used to boost the happiness of soldiers who were away from home. One of the most well-known and loved songs was We’ll Meet Again by Vera Lynn. Using this website https://www.britishlegion.org.uk/stories/ve-day-singalong?seg=WPDW3B to learn to words and sing-along. There is a nationwide sing-along on Friday 8th May at 9pm.
Decorations When the war ended people held street parties to celebrate. Make your own red, white and blue bunting to hand up in or on your house.
Poetry Some soldiers when away from Britain wrote poetry to take their mind off war. Write an acrostic using one the following: Respect, Remember, VE Day.
Cooking During the war food was rationed. This meant you were only allowed to buy a set amount of foods. Have a look at some war recipes and see if you can make it.
Street Party Design your own invitation or poster for a street party. Could you display this in your window or invite your street to hold a party or a virtual party with family and friends on Zoom?
Medals Some soldiers were awarded the First World War medal. Can you design your own medal for the war?
Speech – Winston Churchill was Prime Minister at the time of VE Day. He made a speech to the country https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=efvwJjzqKUk Write and perform your own speech telling people the war has ended. You could make a video if you want to.
Diary Writing Imagine you were in London when you heard the war had ended. Watch this video to see people hearing this news https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GuhnGbkvu8o . Write a diary entry for 8th May 1945.
Aircraft Many aircraft were part of the war effort. One famous plane is the Spitfire. Can you make your own aircraft using the template in the activity pack or on your own?
Computing Computing played a big part in the helping end the war and break a code from our enemies. Practise your coding on Beebot https://www.terrapinlogo.com/emu/beebot.html
|We would love it if you can send any pictures of you and your family celebrating VE Day or any of the activities that you complete.|
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|Royal British Legion – – There is more information about VE Day here https://www.britishlegion.org.uk/get-involved/remembrance/remembrance-events/ve-day-75?seg=WPDW3B |
Video about what is VE and VJ Day – https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/class-clips-video/history-ks2-ve-day/z7xtmfr
A craft idea…
There are plenty of fantastic ideas for crafts and I’m sure that you are making many fantastic creations. My children have been painting rocks to put outside our house to make people smile as they walk past. Here they are:
If that doesn’t keep you busy…
Here’s a comprehension based on an extract from one of our favourite books…’The Twits’!