On the 7th of May 1945, German officials signed a treaty of surrender bringing an end to the war in Europe (bar a few odds and ends – among other small places, the Channel Island of Alderney took a week longer to be freed). Winston Churchill (British Prime Minister at the time) was requested by the Russians (who wanted their own agreement with Germany) to hold off announcing it but by the end of the day, radio programmes were interrupted to announce that the next day, 8th May, would be a holiday of celebration for Victory in Europe.
That was 75 years ago this week so this year’s May Bank Holiday was converted into a Bank Holiday for VE Day. There were to be street parties and other kinds of celebration, just like on that first occasion and some of that can still happen on a family sized scale (you could maybe persuade all your neighbours to set out a tea table on their front yard or something and then sing songs from the 1940’s or listen out for anybody playing bagpipes or bugles at 2.55pm or the ‘Cry for Peace’ – something like the NHS and keyworkers clap on Thursdays – at 6.55).
This is a quote from the SSAFA (Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association) website: “We are also encouraging all those taking part to undertake the ‘Nation’s Toast to the Heroes of WW2’ at 3pm on the 8th May, from the safety of their own home by standing up and raise a glass of refreshment of their choice and undertake the following ‘Toast’ – “To those who gave so much, we thank you,” using this unique opportunity to pay tribute to the many millions at home and abroad that gave so much to ensure we all enjoy and share the freedom we have today.
However, 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”
It is worth remembering that the end of war in Europe wasn’t the end of WW2. The brutal war against Japan, happening in countries of the Far East, continued until 15th August 1945 (VJ Day) and many thousands of soldiers in that part of the world would have felt no cause for celebration in May.
Read the article for the Monday work:
Look at the word address. How is it used in this article? What word class does it belong to? Give other examples of how address can be used as a verb and then discuss how it can be used as a noun. Which other words can we collect and classify as words which have more than one word class? Build oral sentences with other examples e.g. insult, alert, back etc.
Look at new vocabulary from the text e.g. bunting, national holiday, address (radio address), civilians, Axis powers, Allies etc. Discover and discuss the word class (verb/noun/adjective etc) and meanings.
Join letters where possible, keep letters on the line and make sure there is a clear difference between tall and short letters.