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 bbc.co.uk/makeadifference
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.
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 -
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?
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.