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VE Day Task


Victory in Europe Day - also known as VE Day - celebrates the Allied Forces accepting the Nazi’s unconditional surrender from World War 2. The final document was signed on 8 May 1945. Today, countries throughout the world celebrate VE Day annually. VE Day for the UK in 2020 is Friday 8th May.  


How was VE Day celebrated in 1945? 

There were street parties and parades throughout the Western world - especially in the UK and the USA. More than a million people took to the streets in Great Britain, with the greatest crowds in London. The day was declared a national holiday.

The war was not fully over, however, as Japan had still yet to surrender (they would do so on 2 September 1945). Both Churchill (leader of GB) and Truman (leader of USA) echoed this fact in their broadcasts, citing the event as “a victory only half won”.  

For lots of people, the day was a solemn affair. Throughout Europe, wives had lost husbands and families had been torn apart by the war. VE Day was a chance to grieve and reflect. 

Still, for many people of both nations, VE Day signalled an end. It gave them a glimpse of a future that was not entirely governed by a global war. And for the families who were lucky enough to be reunited with loved ones, it was a day worth celebrating.


This year, it has been 75 years since VE Day. Although we cannot celebrate this outside, you could take part in celebrations safely from home by joining your BBC Local Radio station initiative in making your own VE Day Great British Bunting. Download everything you need at


Task: Write a descriptive paragraph describing how people must have felt on VE Day celebrations in this photograph. Use noun phrases, adjectives, subordinating clauses and fronted adverbials. Think about if you were there what you would see, smell, hear and feel.




Re-create a Tudor family tree

Draw the pictures of their portraits or print them out and write their names underneath.


Choose one of our Spring 2 homework tasks that you have not completed.

  1. Paint or draw a portrait of someone in your family. Try to include -
  • Objects and symbols around the edge of the portrait that show the person’s character (e.g. a music note if they are musical)
  • You could use pencil and shade
  • You could complete a painted piece


2. Tudor times were a great period of sea voyages and global exploration. Find out the names of some Tudor explorers and the new products they brought home. Be creative in how you record your results. Try to include -

  • The name and trade of the famous figure
  • An image or drawing of them
  • Key dates and events that occurred in their lives
  • A list of countries they visited and what they did there (or even include a drawn map)


3. Create a poster about a Tudor building. Research it online and find out about the jetty, styles of chimney, wattle and daub. Why were the walls white and the timbers black?

  • Use some organisational devices such as a title, subheadings, indented paragraphs, fact boxes and bullet points
  • Accurate punctuation
  • Illustrations or diagrams
  • Present it neatly – use a blue pen for writing and use a ruler to underline etc.


Create a Tudor glossary. You could include pictures too.  Use the internet or a dictionary to look up the meanings for these words and write the definitions for them.

  • Afternoon racks
  • Andirons
  • Archaeologist
  • Artefact
  • Auger
  • Bairn
  • Beetle
  • Blacksmith
  • Broaches
  • Bucking tub
  • Buckram
  • Carpenter
  • Cistern
  • Clay
  • Coverlet
  • Forge
  • Inventory
  • Kirtle
  • Knede trough
  • Pauper
  • Pillowbeers
  • Pottage
  • Potter
  • Pottingers
  • Priest
  • Wealthy