Friday, 8 May 2020 is a bank holiday to mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day. School will be open on Friday for the children of key workers. Children can continue home learning if they wish, but we do not expect this. We really want them to enjoy the day and your family celebrations. Please note that teachers will not be online on this day.
VE day marks the day in World War II that Britain accepted Germany’s surrender and fighting ceased. At 3pm, on 8th May 1945, after almost 6 years of fighting, Prime Minister Winston Churchill made an announcement that the war had ended. In the run up to VE Day on 8th May 2020, the Teachers, with Mrs Block leading, have created a pack of activities to help your children learn about this significant historical event, enjoy completing relevant tasks and finally involve themselves with you in family activities:
Celebrating VE Day 2020 from CYC
VE Day 2020 will be the 75th anniversary of VE Day. To recognise and celebrate this special occasion during these times of social distancing, council and community leaders in York and our twin city of Münster, in Germany, have created a joint video celebrating friendship, peace and standing shoulder to shoulder during the current crisis.
We're celebrating unity with our twin city of Münster by appreciating the values of kindness, solidarity and openness between our two cities. We'll also honour VE Day 2020 by lighting up the city’s bar walls and Clifford’s Tower in red, white and blue.
You can get involved in this special VE Day anniversary by sharing your family's VE Day stories on social media using the hashtag #VEDay75 and celebrating peace at home, rather than on the streets as we did in 1945, as we continue the fight against coronavirus.
There are plenty of ways to take part in this special VE Day anniversary, with ideas for tea parties, creative activities and opportunities for the current generation of children and young people to learn about VE Day online:
The Royal British Legion have provided resources for children at school, and at home, which give an overview of VE Day and its relevance today. Each pack includes different activity suggestions for children at school, and for parents and carers, specially designed for home learning. The packs provide material which is suitable for the following school stages and age groups: Key Stage 2, Key Stage 3 and children aged 7 to 14 years (home learning).