The Royal British Legion launches new resources to help pupils learn about VE Day

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The Royal British Legion assembly plans will help schools across the UK commemorate the 75th Anniversary of VE Day

As the nation comes together to honour the Second World War generation on 8th May, The Royal British Legion has launched a range of new assembly resources to help pupils explore their shared heritage of Remembrance and commemorate the service and sacrifice of the wartime generation.

The assemblies have been created in partnership with the National Literacy Trust to help explain to children of different ages and backgrounds why and how we remember the contribution of the entire WW2 generation on VE Day. 

The language, design and format reflect the needs of both teachers and students, ensuring everyone can benefit from engaging with these carefully crafted resources. The assemblies are aimed at Key Stages 2 and 3 and are an ideal way for schools to take part in the VE Day commemorations in this significant anniversary year.  

The assembly packs and learning materials are suitable for young people aged 7 to 14 and will be free to download from 9th March on the Legion website. 

Catherine Davies, Head of Remembrance at The Royal British Legion says: 

“It is important that children from all backgrounds learn about their shared history of Remembrance. The assembly packs will not only teach children about the significance of VE Day, but also help children explore the idea of Remembrance and discover its relevance to today. The Royal British Legion is committed to making sure the torch of Remembrance is passed on to the next generation and these assemblies will play an important role in achieving that.”

 

The resources, downloadable in PowerPoint format, include:

 

  • VE Day: Introduction for Assemblies - presentations designed to be shared with a whole school or year group, with a focus on helping students understand what VE Day is and how it remains relevant today.

 

  • VE Day: How To Get Involved - presentations designed to be delivered to a year group, form group or class, focusing on ways to engage students around VE Day and providing different activity suggestions. They will come with detailed teacher notes, giving key information on VE Day as well as historic context to help teachers feel confident in delivering the presentation and supporting their class.

 

The resources will be available to download from the 9th March at: rbl.org.uk/teachingremembrance.

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