On Friday 8th May 2020 the whole of the UK will be celebrating the 75th anniversary of V.E. Day!
V.E. (Victory in Europe) day celebrates the end of fighting in Europe during World War Two. This year is the 75th anniversary of V.E. day (8th May 1945).
World War Two greatly impacted the lives of people across the UK. Many people joined the armed forces and bravely fought for our freedom. People left at home also worked hard to support and protect our country. Some people worked in factories; others on farms; some in hospitals; some were teachers; some train drivers; some worked to break enemy codes at Bletchley Park (ask year 6 about this as they visited there in the spring term!) and there were many more jobs! Every citizen in the UK had an important role in supporting the country during the war.
Home life was also affected. Children who lived in the city were evacuated to the country; food and clothing were rationed and people had to cover their doors and windows at night due to the blackout.
The end of the war was a very happy to time for everyone as they hoped that their lives would return to normal.
We have prepared some resources so that you can find out more about V.E. day. There are lots of activities that you can do with your family too
King George VI (on the right) was King during World War Two. He was the father of our Queen, Elizabeth II.
Winston Churchill (on the left) was the UK Prime Minister during most of World War Two (from May 1940).
A good way to celebrate V.E. day is to have afternoon tea!
Afternoon tea is a meal that usually consists of sandwiches, scones, cakes and tea! However, you could eat whatever you like for you afternoon tea!
You could make finger sandwiches; bake a cake or decorate some biscuits for your afternoon tea!
Make some bunting!
To celebrate V.E. day in 1945, people made bunting and hung it up in their houses and along their streets! Why not make your own bunting to hang in your window?
You could make bunting from any material that you have at home. You could use paper that you have or old clothes that you can cut up (remember to check with an adult first!). Alternatively, you could print out the template below and decorate your own flag or use the Union Jack template.
Please take a photo of your bunting and send it to your home learning email address so that we can share these on the website!
V.E. Day memorabilia!
Throughout history, people have designed memorabilia (objects to celebrate memorable people of events) to commemorate special events.
Why not design your own memorabilia to celebrate the 75th anniversary of V.E. day?
Remember to email your designs to your home learning address so that we can share them on the website
In 1945 there was no such thing as a Playstation, X-Box, ipad or mobile phone!
Children played lots of games with their friends and family. Unfortunately, we can't play games with our friends at the moment but hopefully you have someone at home that you can play with
If you want to play inside you could play a board game or do a jigsaw together.
If you want to play outside you could play hopscotch, do some skipping or play a ball game together.
World War Two planes!
Spitfires (picture on the left) and Hurricanes (picture on the right) were both used by the RAF during World War Two.
You could find out some more information about one or both of these planes and write a fact file about them.
Alternatively, you could design your own World War Two plane!