Good morning everyone,
Here we are for another day of learning at home, as I type this I have George working upstairs, Stanley sat next to me doing some maths and Darcy scooting around in her baby walker. I'd like to think that it is a scene of calm and orderly learning, however the reality is somewhat different!
We have had a communication from the Royal British Legion as they are leading the events to mark VE-Day in this new world we find ourselves in. Here is the plan of events for the day they have put together:
Royal British Legion Schedule
1100-1102 – Two Minute Silence
1115-1200 – The Royal British Legion VE75 Livestream
2000-2110 – VE Day 75: The People’s Celebration, BBC One
2100 – ‘We’ll Meet Again’ Singalong
Two Minute Silence
The Legion is calling on people to join in a national moment of reflection and Remembrance at 11am on Friday 8th May and pause for a Two Minute Silence, not only in recognition of the service and sacrifice of the Second World War generation, but also to reflect on the devastating impact Covid-19 has had on so many lives across the world.
People are invited to take part in the Silence in whatever way they feel appropriate be that standing at their window, stepping outside their home, whilst remaining distanced from others, or taking the opportunity for a quiet moment of reflection. To build momentum towards this important moment, please share this with your communities and encourage everyone to come together in Remembrance at 11am.
The Royal British Legion Livestream
Following the Silence the Legion is hosting a VE Day livestream, sharing stories and memories from those who served and sacrificed during the Second World War. The Legion is inviting people to grab a cup of tea and join us for the livestream as we bring the World War Two generation together with today’s generation to chat about their experiences.
Hosted by TV presenter Sonali Shah, the programme will feature contributions from social historian Julie Summers and cook and influencer Melissa Helmsley. The stream will be live from 11.15am on the Legion’s website rbl.org.uk/veday75.
VE Day 75: The People’s Celebration BBC ONE: 20:00 – 21:10
To mark the 75th anniversary of VE day, in these unprecedented times, the BBC in partnership with The Royal British Legion will honour and celebrate the World War Two Generation with an evening of memories and music. Featuring some of those who remember this historic day, together with Britain’s favourite performers who will entertain us with popular songs of the era. In a fitting finale at 9.00 pm we will see the nation unite for a very special rendition of “We’ll Meet Again” as we all give thanks to our veterans and remember our loved ones.
‘We’ll Meet Again’ Singalong
Lyrics available on The Royal British Legion website https://www.rbl.org.uk/stories/ve-day-singalong
VE Day 75 Learning Pack
Designed for 7-14 year olds the learning pack includes first-hand accounts from the Second World War generation, veteran interviews and a range of activities to allow families to explore and commemorate VE Day 75 together. People can follow the activity on social media using #VEDay75 and #VEDay75Live during the livestream.
Branch led activities
Many Branches are organising online/virtual VE Day 75 activities so don’t forget to check what your Branch might have planned and join in.
This looks like a fabulous resource and I will be using some of them with my own family on Friday.
Resources and Library
Don't forget that we have put resources to support home learning and a selection of books in the foyer at school, you are more than welcome to call in and take whatever you need.
As you will be aware we continue to wait for guidance from the government as to what the future holds, as soon as we know anything we will share this with you.
Provision in School
We continue to provide childcare in school for those children whose parents are key workers and their is no alternative but to attend school. If you do need to access this provision then please contact us through the enquiries e-mail address so that we can add you to the list and plan our staffing accordingly.
Don't forget that we are all here to help and support you the best we can.