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Friday 8th May 2020 (Bank Holiday)

Today is VE Day- if we were in school we would have had a day off to celebrate! Many of you might have some questions- what is VE day, and why is it important to remember?


'VE Day' stands for Victory in Europe Day. 75 years ago today (8th May 1945) Winston Churchill (the prime minister at the time) announced that the war and fighting in Europe was over. This was a huge reason to celebrate (although the war technically ended in September when Japan signed their surrender).


It is important to remember this because it is the day that most countries celebrate as the end of World War 2. We must learn about history and the past in order to make decisions about how we behave now, and in the future.


There is a very famous quote from George Santayana who said (in 1905) 'Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it. '


In a 1948 speech to the House of Commons, Winston Churchill changed the quote slightly when he said (paraphrased), 'Those who fail to learn from history are condemned to repeat it.'


Click on this link to see the Newsround information:

Here are some activities that you might like to do today, or over the weekend, linked to VE day. Below that, there are your usual PE and mindful activities if you would rather, or just enjoy an extra day to do whatever you would like with your families and loved ones at home!


Usual Friday afternoon PE and mindfulness activities:

Visit our PE and Wellbeing page:


Complete 1 (or more) Physical Activity and 1 (or more) Mindful Activity.


For example:


  • Complete the 5,4,3,2,1 challenge.
  • Watch Mr Harris's live YouTube and join in with the workout.
  • Try Mr Chubbock or Mr O'Shea's HIIT challenges (Miss Hesketh tweeted her attempt- have a look and challenge her).


  • Download and spend time doing a mindful colouring sheet.
  • Listen to an extra chapter of our AudioBook.
  • Try to learn a song in Sign Language.
  • Join in with a YouTube Yoga practice.