Tomorrow we celebrate the 75th anniversary of VE (Victory in Europe) Day - the day in 1945 when the war finally ended in Europe after nearly 6 years. It's hard for our generation to understand what it must have been like for our predecessors, even harder for the children of today, but you might want to take the opportunity to learn about this period of history with the children. We've listed some useful websites and resources below and attached is a list of all the activities going on around Southampton and Portsmouth (all under lockdown!)
If you're having a lockdown street party or dressing up, we'd love to see your photos!
As tomorrow is a bank holiday, we're not expecting any work on SeeSaw, but there are plenty of links on the school website if your child does want to keep learning!
We loved Mrs Hoiles' dinosaur egg in today's story (but she's not going to sit on it despite what the Year 1 children think!) and tomorrow we introduce a strange character to read an exciting story (don't think you will recognise them). Don't forget also that Mrs Metcalfe continues her reading of The Twits every day.
This Sunday is the 5th Sunday of Easter and in the Gospel reading, Jesus starts to talk about going back to be with his Father in heaven. Thomas asks Jesus how they can follow him if they don't know where he is going and Jesus famously replies "I am the Way, the Truth and the Life. No one can come to the Father except through me. Attached is a children's liturgy which you can use at home.
VE Day Resources
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ytPZxIyGbCU&feature=youtu.be A video made by veterans of Southampton to tell us why the city played such a special part in the war.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/class-clips-video/history-ks2-ve-day/z7xtmfr A video of VE day for children with links to lots of activities and resources about the Second World War
https://www.mrsmactivity.co.uk/ve-day-activities-for-kids/ Templates and ideas for making things to celebrate VE Day.
https://www.artventurers.co.uk/the-big-neighbourhood-v-e-day-family-festival/ For those who like art activities, this site gives lots of ideas and free resources of things to do and make.
https://www.dkfindout.com/uk/history/world-war-ii/ve-day/ More for the older children, a really good historical overview of WWII and how it affected the whole world
https://www.britishlegion.org.uk/get-involved/remembrance/remembrance-events/ve-day-75 Some fantastic videos and resources from the British Legion aimed at children.
Fun and easy VE Day activity
Cut egg boxes into sections. Paint them red all over. Stick them onto something round or arrange them on paper or card.
Have a lovely bank holiday weekend and we'll be in touch again on Monday.
"When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace"
Jimi Hendrix (Rock musician and songwriter)
Michael Lobo - Headteacher
Suzanne Friel - Deputy Headteacher