VE Day celebrations - Links from Rushmoor Council

6th May 2020

VE Day 75 free interactive workshops, learning and fun for families

 

If you've ever wondered what life was like for people in 1945, here's your chance to find out in these fun, free interactive online sessions with lively characters from the war, plus puzzles, games and programming from the BBC.

 

Take part in interactive family hands-on history workshops
Learn with BBC Learning's Second World War resources
Using archive video and images from the Imperial War Museum, as well as first-person testimony from veterans and eye-witnesses, this BBC series of short films on the Second World War offers a comprehensive overview of the war for primary school age children.

 

Meet ordinary people doing extra-ordinary things at home in wartime and join one of our fun online interactive history workshops. During each workshop, you’ll be treated to demonstrations, activities and talks with lots of time to ask questions. You’ll video chat live with one of our characters, who are all historians, teachers, and craftspeople who really know their stuff.

 

11am-12 noon, Workshop 1 – Going Commando and leaving it to the ladies

 

Going Commando!

Meet our WW2 commando and find out about the weapons and defences, the strategies and training that mean the difference between life and death in battle. Learn about life on the front line and get to see the weapons and artefacts that soldiers relied on to stay alive in their daily battle with the enemy.

 

Leave it to the Ladies

It’s 1945 and as the Second World War comes to an end, girls from all over the country are working for the Women’s Land Army. Land Girls found themselves driving tractors, catching rats, felling trees, milking cows and harvesting crops. Meet a member of the Timber Corps, and find out about the women who kept the country running while the men went off to fight.  Do you have the skills to join the Land Army?

 

2-3pm, Session 2 – Powdered Egg & Parachutes

 

In the kitchen or on the streets, those left behind had important work to do, keeping the country safe.  Rationing, air raids and make-do-and-mend were all daily parts of life during the war. Join us in our 1940’s kitchen and find out about the tricks, short-cuts and inventiveness that kept food on the table and clothes on your back when rationing meant every items were no longer available.  Say goodbye to sweets and treats; if you’re lucky you might get spam-and-powdered-egg pie!

 

How it works

Each livestream lasts approximately 1 hour.  You’ll first meet our host who will make sure everyone is correctly set up.  Then you will meet with our character for 45 minutes. 

 

We use Zoom for our livestreams, which is free software, which don’t even have to download or login. Just click on the link to join the workshops, and you’re done. You and the children will need a phone, tablet or computer with audio and video facilities so that we can hear and see you. You’ll be able to ask questions verbally, or via the Zoom chat facility. 

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VE Day 75 puzzles, fun and games online

 

From Thursday 7 - Monday 11 May, families can access a huge range of exciting VE Day themed games, puzzles and activities through our special website, created by the Viking School Visits team specially for Rushmoor Borough Council. 

 

Visit the Rushmoor Borough Council website to find out more: www.rushmoor.gov.uk/veday

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Take part in VE Day 75 at home celebrations

 

The Council's website has a wealth of stay-at-home celebration packs, online activities and ideas for you to take part in the 75th anniversary of VE Day. https://www.rushmoor.gov.uk/article/12011/Get-involved-and-celebrate-VE-Day-75-at-home

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Fun and learning with the BBC

 

Watch Horrible Histories on the Homefront

This episode of Horrible Histories on BBC iPlayer looks at how the war affected those left back home in the UK, on the home front.

 

BBC Teach Bring The Noise

The BBC has launched an online singing and music education activity to inspire children aged 4 to 7 to learn new music-making skills to commemorate VE Day 75. Whether at home with family or with teachers at school or working virtually, children can learn to sing along and perform the bespoke Bring the Noise campaign song Take You Home, and reflect on the impact that leaving, missing and coming home had on those who served and their loved ones. See more here. https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/bring-the-noise/ve-day-2020/zksjjhv

 

BBC Learning's Second World War resources
Using archive video and images from the Imperial War Museum, as well as first-person testimony from veterans and eye-witnesses, this BBC series of short films on the Second World War offers a comprehensive overview of the war for primary school age children.

 

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More learning and teaching resources

 

Learn with the Royal British Legion's VE Day 75 resources for home learning
The Royal British Legion has created VE Day learning resources for parents and carers, specially designed for home learning. They are aimed at seven to 14 year olds and include family-friendly activities and support for you when talking to your child/children about VE Day and remembrance. https://www.britishlegion.org.uk/get-involved/remembrance/teaching-remembrance