VE Day 75th Anniversary 8-10 May 2020
Date: 29th Apr 2020 @ 2:57pm
Friday 8 May 2020 marks the 75th Anniversary of Victory in Europe (VE) Day. Although we won't be able to celebrate this significant event in history in quite the way we had hoped, there are lots of ways we can commemorate at home.
I have compiled a range of resources and website links that you will hopefully find useful in making next Friday a day for celebration and remembrance. Please send in any pictures or videos of your VE Day celebrations.
Hope you are all keeping safe and well,
Resources and website links:
- Follow the link to take you to the Mr T Does History website. There are different resource packs for KS1 and KS2 (attached to the blog) and also different videos to watch on the website. If you have children in both key stages, please complete the Key Stage1 pack. https://www.mrtdoeshistory.com/75th-anniversary-ve-day
- The official VE website has lots of ideas including recipes, bunting templates for decorating your windows (or make your own) and even a 1940s spotify playlist to listen to. https://ve-vjday75.gov.uk/plan-your-ve-day-party/ https://ve-vjday75.gov.uk/toolkit/
- Historian and presenter Dan Snow has set a VE Day creative challenge. Click on the link to find out more details. He is also hosting history lessons for children from Monday 4 May. At 4pm on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, Dan will host a History Hit live on YouTube’s Timeline channel that will focus on a different aspect of the Second World War and aim to teach the public about the importance of VE Day. https://ve-vjday75.gov.uk/dan-snows-ve-day-challenge/
- VE Day Comprehension Pack - We have been given access to the Nicolas Roberts reading and writing resource site. Find instructions for accessing the website below:
1. Follow the link: https://www.key-resources.co.uk/NicolasRoberts.htm
2. Click on the Home Web KS2 tab and enter username and password.
User Name: sch349 Password: writing
3. The VE Day comprehension pack is 4th row down and 2nd tab in.
(Please note: this has some great history, geography, science and RE linked reading and writing resources that you might want to use after the VE Day celebrations have finished.)
- The Government and Ancestry are working together to encourage the public to join together in commemorating VE Day by discovering their own connection to the Second World War. As part of this, all UK historical records available on ancestry.co.uk will be free for the public from Monday 4 May until Sunday 10 May, giving people the opportunity to uncover the personal stories of the Second World War and the roles their families played.
Events happening throughout the day:
- A national moment of remembrance will take place with a two minute silence at 11am.
- Her Majesty The Queen will send a message to the nation at 9pm on BBC One, the exact moment her father, King George VI, gave a radio address in 1945.
- The Queen’s 9pm address to the nation will be followed by a national singalong of Dame Vera Lynn’s ‘We’ll Meet Again’. We are being encouraged to open our doors and join in with this national moment of celebration.
- His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales will read an extract from King George VI’s diary from 8 May 1945.
- Churchill’s famous victory speech will be broadcast as part of BBC special programming.
- Please see the Gov VE website for further details on programmes and events that will be happening throughout the day.