History - VE Day 75th Commemoration

VE Day 2020

This Friday 8 May marks the 75th anniversary of VE Day – the official end of the Second World War in Europe. In 1945, the long anticipated news that the Second World War had come to an end in Europe resulted in celebrations breaking out across the nation.  Unfortunately, due to the current Covid-19 crisis, we will be unable to celebrate this 75th anniversary in quite the same way as we would have done this week in school.  You will also not be able to have the public celebrations that many people had planned, but we can still remember the heroes of WWII. There are lots of ideas on the internet suggesting activities, but I thought it might be helpful to put a few ideas together to save you searching so please find attached:

Picture News Poster

Picture News Activities

Picture News - Account from a 12 year old

Bunting 1

Bunting 2

Colouring 1

Colouring 2

Code Breaking

There are also lots of great ideas at Bletchley Park’s website https://bletchleypark.org.uk/whats-on/stay-home-ve-day-75-celebrations

For KS2 children who want to know more about code breaking go to https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/class-clips-video/history-ks2-codebreaking-in-world-war-two/zdq2jhv and hear how cracking Nazi Germany's coded messages helped win World War Two.

Word Search

KS1 Reading Comprehension

KS2 Reading Comprehension 

At 11 am the nation will hold a two minute silence as a mark of respect, maybe you could stand in your front gardens or on your doorstep to unite at a safe distance from your neighbours.

At 3pm Churchill’s speech will be broadcast on the BBC

At 9pm The Royal British Legion are promoting a sing along to Dame Vera Lynn’s ‘We’ll meet again’ go to their link and you will find the lyrics and a film clip from the war.  https://www.britishlegion.org.uk/stories/ve-day-singalong  They also have links for other ideas to celebrate on their page.

Let’s hope the sun shines and you can celebrate outside.  Enjoy your celebrations and stay safe,

Mrs Sherer

History Subject leader