Lots of useful resources here that you could use to either just do one thing or make a mini topic. Something for everyone.
Lots of activities below
The project this week aims to provide opportunities for you to learn more about VE Day. Be creative about how you present your work.
‘Stay At Home’ Street Party
Read this article on Newsround and look closely at the photographs. How did people celebrate in 1945? Plan your own ‘stay at home’ street party.
What games could be played? What decorations would be put up? What food would be eaten? Who would be there? Is there anyone in your family who went to a VE Day party you could speak to?
Understanding World War Two/VE Day
On 8th May 1945, Britain celebrated the end of World War Two. To understand why VE Day was so important, you need to understand WW2. Visit these sites to help in your research:
A Brief Overview of World War II – Video
Can you create a timeline of important events leading up to VE Day?
The RAF Museum's Children's Author in Residence, Tom Palmer, has written a time-travelling short story commemorating the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Britain. Reading comprehension activities and writing challenges accompany each chapter. Written for children aged 7+.
With one rationed egg and a packet of powdered milk in the larder, World War II’s home cooks had to be creative. Find out what families were eating over 75 years ago.
Create some delicious meals using the recipe booklets below. You could serve them at your ‘Stay at Home Street Party!’
VE Day Songs
Try and learn the Horrible Histories VE Day song and perform it to your family.
Create your own motivational song. Listen to some of the following clips for inspiration. Click here to listen to some more traditional war time songs as well as the links below.
Learn step-by-step how to Swing dance (The Lindy Hop) which originated in the late 1920s and early 1930s in Harlem, New York City.
Crack The Codes
The phonetic alphabet that was used in RAF ransmissions during the war. Learn to spell your name using the phonetic alphabet e.g. Ted = Tango Echo Delta
Can you write a secret coded message for your family to crack?
Who was Winston Churchill? Why do we remember him today? Produce a fact file/ poster displaying your information.
Create a mind map or list of facts about Winston Churchill.
What was his job?
Why was he so important during WW2?
What was one of his famous phrases?
Can you describe his characteristics?
Why he was important?
You can read more about Churchill using these links from the Twinkl document below or at Ducksters. You may present this information in any way you choose or use the template below.
CHALLENGE: Can you learn Winston Churchill’s Victory speech and record yourself presenting it?
Make, Do and Mend
During WW2, there was a shortage of materials to make clothes. People were urged to "Make, do and mend".
Do you have any clothes or accessories that you could ‘upcycle’ into new clothing or something completely different to give it another purpose and a new lease of life?
Design and make your own Spitfire. You could make it out of paper, wood, recycled materials, etc. Test out your design. How far does it glide?
Does the material used for a paper plane affect the distance it travels? Try using newspaper, card, tinfoil, etc and carry out a test. Remember, only change ONE thing to make it a fair test.
The sculpture below is known as Spitfire Island and is by Castle Vale which isn't that far from Kingsbury. Do you know why this is here?
If you have a printer make the spitfire model below.
Europe during the Second World War
Colour in the countries on the map below (if you have a printer) according to whether they were Allies, Axis, Axis controlled or Neutral.