4th May 2020

4th May 2020
What is going on?
Since 1945 the end of World War Two in Europe has been marked by Victory in Europe Day, better known as VE Day. On 8th May 1945, Prime Minister Winston Churchill made an announcement on the radio at 3pm that the war in Europe had come to an end, following Germany's surrender the day before. This year, the 8th May 2020 will mark 75 years since the first VE Day! Until the current Covid-19 crisis struck, there had been plans to stage celebratory events and street parties in many places. Sadly, this has all had to be cancelled but many have chosen to celebrate virtually! Holding video parties, decorating our homes or baking to celebrate whilst we are all in lockdown!   
Question: What is VE Day?
Listen, think, share
  • Look at the poster image, have we heard of VE Day before? Read through the text above and explain that this year is extra special as it’s the 75th Anniversary of VE Day!
  • Watch the useful video below, what one word would you use to describe the emotions of the people who finally heard the announcement about the end of the war with Germany?
  • Read through the poem from the resource written about VE Day by Jack Woods. Can you imagine how it felt hearing such positive news about the end of the war with Germany?
  • Explain that following the announcement, huge crowds, with people dressed in red, white and blue gathered outside Buckingham Palace in London. They cheered as King George VI and his family, including Princess Elizabeth (the current queen) and Princess Margaret, came out onto the balcony to greet everybody. Princess Elizabeth and her sister were allowed to leave the palace and celebrate with crowds outside, although they had to do it secretly! The future Queen described it as "one of the most memorable nights of my life".
  • As 2020 marks the 75th Anniversary of VE Day with most of us inside our homes in lockdown, many are finding creative ways to celebrate online! With virtual street parties, decorating homes, dressing up and baking! Will you be celebrating? If so, how?
VE Day was a very special day in our history, the end of the war with Germany bringing with it, huge joy and celebration but also a chance for reflection. This year marks the 75th Anniversary – a time for us to look back and think about an important time in our history.

Challenge 1Write a poem imagining you are an evacuee and VE Day has just been announced! Can you perform it in front of your family?
Challenge 2Create an image or model of a soldier to place in your window for VE Day.
Web Links
Ideas and activities to celebrate VE Day at home

Useful Video – What is VE Day and how can we celebrate this year?