Certainly, in the UK, VE Day is the moment where World War 2 was over. It must have been a strange and wonderful moment in time, as it meant the end of nearly 6 years of war that had killed millions, destroyed cities, and had brought huge suffering to many people. It is worth noting that the war against Japan did not end until August 1945 (Victory in Japan or VJ Day) but it was, without doubt, a time of huge relief for the population.
There are many resources out there to celebrate VE Day and what follows is a list of some of the best ones that we have found.
Activities for Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)
Baker Ross Printable VE-Day Posters
click here to resources offered by the Baker Ross company and includes 2 VE-Day celebration images to freely download for colouring in.
Twinkl’s page VE Day learning resources
For some fun learning resources for younger pupils click here
Key Stage 1
Times Education Supplement
Teacher’s VE Day Lesson - To find a day home learning pack with lesson planning and resources aimed at KS1 pupils click here
Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 Resources
British Army Resources
Ensure that students never forget the significance of VE day and what it means to both serving soldiers and veterans of the British Army.
Develop your pupils’ understanding of VE Day, with key facts and a thought-provoking, discussion-based session. The resource allows your pupils to explore their knowledge of VE Day and the historic impact on many different communities.
Comprising an assembly and a supporting lesson, it includes supporting teacher guidance on VE Day. Suitable for pupils of Secondary School age, British Army Supporting Education has created these resources to support VE Day commemorations.
With six worksheets provided to support the assembly and lesson, this can be completed in tutor time or as home-based work.
This work is best suitable for secondary school age.
click here for Army resources
Imperial War Resources
This year, Imperial War Museums (IWM) will commemorate 75 years since the end of the Second World War in Europe, sharing the personal stories of people who stood together during a time of national crisis and their reflections once the fighting had stopped.
A focal point of our activity will be Voices of War. At a time when people across the nation are coming together to support each other through an unprecedented crisis, IWM is asking households to take a moment on Bank Holiday Friday 8 May, the 75th anniversary of VE Day, to play a four-minute soundscape featuring first-hand accounts of VE Day selected from IWM’s vast sound archive.
The soundscape will be available from Friday 8 May on their website.
For information on what you need to know on VE Day click here
Or for More information is available here about VE Day click here
The Royal British Legion
For lessons on VE day and at homework for both KS2 and KS3 TRBL have put together a lesson pack filled with activities looking at what VE day meant and its relevance today click here.
This pack includes recipes for tasty 1940s dishes to serve on the day, a VE Day poster to display, lyrics to popular 1940s song and tips for dancing the Lindy hop swing click here.
Please do let us know if you find any other great resources and we’ll add them to this list!