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Here are some fun activities to help you find out more information about VE Day, which will be celebrated on Friday 8th May. This year commemorates the 75th anniversary of VE Day:
Understanding World War Two
On 8 May 1945 Britain celebrated the end of World War Two. To understand why VE Day was so important, you need to understand WW2. Research what happened during WW2. When did it start? Why did it start? Who fought? Where did fighting take place? What happened during the Battle of Britain? What happened on D-Day? What was rationing? What was evacuation? What happened during the Blitz? You may present this information in any way you choose.
Write a ‘Postcard from the Past’. Imagine you were at the first VE day and heard the news that the war had ended.
What might you tell your family about what you heard? What did you do? What did you eat? Who else was there? What games did you play? What decorations were made and hung up? Use the link below find out more about VE Day
Plan your own street party
On 8 May 1945, Britain began to rejoice. People ran out onto the streets, church bells rang, bunting and banners were hung up and people brought food to eat at street parties. Plan your own street party. Where would it be? What games would be played? What decorations would be put up? What food would be eaten?
During World War Two, countries that were part of the British Empire fought alongside the British. Some of these countries were: Canada, USA, Bermuda, Jamaica, The Bahamas, Australia, New Zealand, Kenya, Mauritius, Seychelles, Trinidad and Tobago, India and Cyprus. Find and draw the flags for these countries. Can you find other countries that fought alongside the British in WW2 and find and their flags too?
Research Winston Churchill
Winston Churchill was the Prime Minister in 1945. Research and make a fact file about who Churchill was. Consider why he was important, his personality, his family, his hobbies and his jobs.
Design your own VE coin or medal
8 May 1945, now known as VE Day, saw the beginning of the end of the Second World War – the conflict that claimed the lives of millions and reshaped the future of countries and continents. The Royal Mint have designed a commemorative coin to remember VE Day. Your task is to design your own commemorative coin or a VE Day medal. You could think about the following ideas when designing yours: the years of the war; the colours of the ally flags or a reference to how the war was fought (land, air and sea).
Can you name the most famous Big Band of that time?
What do you notice they do when it is their turn to play the solo section?
Research some other songs from this era and make a list.
Art and Design –
Pattern and colour work using the colours of the Union Jack to create bunting for a street party.
Line and shading work to draw the local memorial (use a photograph if you can’t visit) and try and capture the shadow and light.
Now you know more about VE Day, answer these questions to sum up your learning on VE Day.
Why do you think it is important to celebrate and recognise VE Day?
How do you think VE Day should be celebrated in the future?
We hope you enjoy these activities,
Mrs Cox and Mr I’Anson