Friday 8th May is the 75th Anniversary of VE Day. So that you can celebrate and learn about this historic achievement we have put together some resources for the whole family to enjoy. Below you will find videos, recipes, activities, craft and colouring to be completed at home at your leisure. None of this is compulsory and to be completed only if you want to. If you do complete an activity and you would like to show us please email in to the office.
Here are some online resources to learn about VE Day and how people and celebrating VE Day this year.
Live Stream (11.15am) – https://www.britishlegion.org.uk/stories/ve-day-75-livestream
Grab a cup of tea and join the Royal British Legion for a 45-minute stream as they bring the World War Two generation together with today’s generation to chat about their shared experiences. They will be sharing stories and memories from those who served and sacrificed during the Second World War, as well as recognising the difficulties people are experiencing today.
Hosted by TV presenter Sonali Shah, the programme will feature contributions from social historian Julie Summers, and cook and influencer Melissa Helmsley. They will be streaming live on this page after the Two Minute Silence from 11.15am, as well as on the Legion’s Facebook page.
The BBC are offering a wide range of dedicated programming across television, radio, social media and on their TV streaming service BBC iPlayer.
Dame Vera Lynn Singalong (9.00pm) – https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/ve-day-dame-vera-lynn-singalong-well-meet-again-lyrics-a9496291.html
As part of the ‘VE Day 75: The People’s Celebration’ music event there will be a performance from Dame Vera Lynn. Everyone is encouraged to sing along. Lyrics can be seen in the link.
History: VE Day – https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/class-clips-video/history-ks2-ve-day/z7xtmfr
A short film explains what VE Day and VJ Day were, and the event that led to the end of the war.
Britain declares War on Germany – https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/class-clips-video/history-ks2-the-outbreak-of-world-war-2/z7d847h
A short video explaining the events that led to Britain declaring war on Germany in 1939.
Rationing in the UK – https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/class-clips-video/history-ks2-rationing-in-the-uk/zbgby9q
A video explaining rationing.
A selection of videos regarding World War 2.
At the moment there are lots of VE Day celebration happening virtually. Here are some links to pages that you may want to join in with.
The Big Neighbourhood VE Day 75th Family Festival at Home! – https://www.facebook.com/groups/695682491244696/about/
VE Day 75th Anniversary Celebration – Stay at Home Street Party – https://www.facebook.com/groups/537177453633326/about/
VE Day 75 – https://www.facebook.com/veday75official/
The Royal British Legion – https://www.facebook.com/OfficialPoppyLegion/
Below are some yummy recipes for cakes and scones.
Victoria Sponge – https://www.goodtoknow.co.uk/recipes/victoria-sponge
Mary Berry Lemon Drizzles – https://www.goodtoknow.co.uk/recipes/mary-berry-s-lemon-drizzle-cake
British Heritage Recipes
The British Heritage have got some yummy recipes to also make.
Sing and Dance
Lots of people sang and danced when VE Day came. Use this and learn a dance and song like they did in 1945.
Colouring and Craft Ideas
Here are some crafts and colouring for the children to complete if they want to.
Thank you Union Jack Bunting Colouring VE Day Colouring VE day printable VE day teacup design VE Day window poster We’re taking part in Lancaster Bomber_Paper Model colouring Lancaster Bomber_Paper Model Instructions Spitfire_Colouring WW2 Spitfire Glider_Activity Paper Craft
VE Day Activities
Here is a selection of VE Day activities that children may want to complete.