Children at Rothersthorpe CE Primary School in Northampton celebrated the 70th anniversary of VE Day with a range of activities.
The day began with the children and staff arriving at school in their 1940s’ outfits and taking part in a variety of activities in their classes, including role-play. Lunch for many consisted of jam, spam or corned beef sandwiches, with plenty of home-grown vegetables.
Some local residents who remembered VE Day as children came and spoke about their memories. One of children grandparents brought in a variety of World War Two artefacts and created a small museum in the school meeting room. Sywell Aerodrome also brought two army jeeps and an air-raid siren which the children really enjoyed cranking up!
At 2.45pm a remembrance and celebration assembly began with many families bringing veterans and family members who remembered VE day in 1945. The children sang a variety of emotionally charged war-time songs; read letters they had written to parents persuading them to send their children to the safety of the countryside; the school gardening club spoke about ‘Dig for Victory’. The assembly concluded with original speeches from Winston Churchill and the children dancing the jive and the Hokey Cokey in celebration.
St. Peter and St. Paul’s church in Rothersthorpe even rang their church bells as a signal for the end of the war.
Families were then invited to a VE Day style party in the school hall and grounds with traditional party games. Tea and refreshments such as Victoria sponges and jelly with carnation milk were served.
Headteacher, Mrs. Fountain said: “We felt it was very important for our children and families to be given the opportunity in school to remember all those whose lives were affected by World War Two. To also reflect on how pleased they all were in 1945 that the war was brought to an end and that peace had been won.”