VE Day home learning

4th – 8th May

This week, we have planned for the whole school to work together to learn about VE day. We would like you to make a newspaper or poster about VE day (this could either be set in 1945 or be a 75th Anniversary edition). If you have any siblings at Hutton, you can produce one newspaper between you. Each child can learn about one part of VE day and write about it. When you have finished, send your finished article to your class teacher (by submitting photos you are giving your approval for them to be shared on social media, website and social media. We will not seek individual consent).

Here are some links to resources to help you get started. These are all aimed at Primary aged children but you may wish to watch them first to ensure that you are happy for your child to see them. 
Horrible Histories: WWII VE Day Song 
Newsround: What is VE Day? 
VE Day 75th Anniversary Powerpoint
Historic England resources
English Heritage

If you scroll down this page you will find some first hand accounts of people’s memories of VE day.

Reading comprehension
Below are some reading texts to help the children learn about VE Day whilst also testing their comprehension skills. Write the answers in your exercise book and check them afterwards to see how you got on.

Dear Diary – Years 1 and 2 ………………………. Check your answers
The War is Ending – Years 3 and 4 ……………… Check your answers
The Nation Celebrates – Years 5 and 6 …………. Check your answers

Street Party!
To commemorate 75 years since VE Day, we would like to hold a collective ‘at-home street party’. You may be already holding a distance one in your own street, but if not, join our school for a collective one in your own homes. You could spend the morning, making some decorations, organising games or doing some wartime cooking ready to join us at 2.30pm. At 3pm, Mrs Amos will host the Nations Toast so check back here to see this. Dress code: red, white and blue clothing. Please do send any pictures you take of the event to PLEASE NOTE: by submitting photos you are giving your approval for them to be shared on social media, website and local media. We will not seek individual consent.

Street party activities
– Why not make some bunting or flags to wave at our ‘street party’ on Friday?
Bunting template
Flag template
– Make a newspaper hat to wear at the party, just like they did on VE Day.
– Challenge your family – create a Spitfire aeroplane from this template and see whose will fly the furthest.
– Every party needs party food, using what rations you have in your home, make some food – recipe ideas.
– Play games that children would have played during this era such as hopscotch, four square, marbles, jump rope, red rover red rover, hide and seek, statues, red light green light, cards, chutes and ladders (similar to snakes and ladders).
– Make a VE Day Ribbon Rosette following these instructions and printable.
– Look the part, try your hand at the Victory Roll hairstyle.

Music – learn some music of the war era so we can all have a good sing-a-long. Lyrics can be found here.
Vera Lynn – We’ll Meet Again MP3
Take Me Back To Dear Old Blighty MP3
Roll Out The Barrel MP3
Gracie Fields – Sing As We Go MP3
Keep Right On To The End Of The Road (chorus) MP3
Here We Are, Here We Are, Here We Are Again (chorus) MP3

Optional Work
Design a war medal.
Create a board game to play with your family.
Become an Enigma Code breaker – click here for this interactive game.
World War 2 maths:
WW2 equipment catalogue
WW2 maths questions
WW2 maths budgeting questions
If you want to learn more about VE Day, check out the Imperial War Museum website.

First Hand Accounts of VE day.

Mrs Scherer’s Mother in law:

My mother-in-law, Lorna Scherer, can remember some of the day.  She would have been nearly 9 years old.

“During the war, I was evacuated to Cornwall and lived with a lovely family.  My parents joined me towards the end of the war and we lived together with my brother in Redruth.  They owned a tobacco and sweet shop which was mainly managed by my mother as my father was still a full-time fire officer.  Our shop was next to a cinema and my mother took a photograph of me outside the cinema on the day of the street party.  The film that was showing was My Pal Trigger starring Roy Rogers, who was very famous at that time.

We had a street party further up the road and we all had to wear red, white and blue.  I remember my mother closed the shop and gave all the sweets from the shop to all the children.  My father, who was on duty at the time, was not too pleased!

I don’t remember too much more except we were all allowed to stay up very late.”

Mrs Scherer’s Dad

“I lived on Doddington Road, Lincoln which was half a mile from the aerodrome where the Lancaster squadrons were based. I used to go down the end of the road (aged 6) and watch these great big planes fly over. They flew really low as they were laden with bombs and they had difficulty getting off the runway. In fact, one crashed near my house and another was shot down just outside my school.

I remember VE Day even though I was only young – these memories have never left me. My road was about a mile long and my house was the last one at the end, then it was just scrubland and quarries. At the other end of the road was the Baptist Church where I went to Sunday School. I remember VE Day – I remember my mum coming to me and saying the war was over, then later on my dad told me that fighting was still going on with Japan. But I felt relieved that we would now be safe at home.

A couple of days after the Germans surrendered we had a street party in the vicarage fields behind the church. We were taken there by our teachers and had to queue in a crocodile line (one behind the other). There were loads of us. As we walked up to the field we could see lots of trestle tables end on end covered in table cloths and the most glorious food I had ever seen. Food was scarce during the war, we had powdered egg and small amounts of butter that my mum would make cakes with on the very odd occasion so all this food looked amazing – there were scones, buns, cakes, fruit. I had never seen anything like it. Problem was that we were told we were only allowed to choose one cake, not a whole plateful, but just one cake. I remember not knowing what to choose – we were spoilt for choice. I remember eating this cake and it was luxurious, it was all over my face – I hadn’t had anything like this in years. We were strictly told that we weren’t allowed to join the queue again to get another one.

I remember playing games such as the 3-legged race and wheelbarrows.

There was bunting in the trees and lots and lots of flags on poles.

I got dressed up in my smart clothes and wore a tie. It was a very special day and one that I have never forgotten”.

Mrs Cruse’s Mum – Caryl Lindsay