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VE Day

We would love to hear how you plan to celebrate VE day this year! Send us an email, a few pictures or any of the completed challenges below to

What is VE day?

Challenge 1

Can you use the following to crack the Morse code message below. When you've finished, have a go at writing your own message in Morse code and see if someone else can solve it...

Challenge 2

VE day is not only a day of celebration but also a day to remember all those who sadly lost their lives as a result of the way. Can you research and find out how many soldiers died for each country during the second world war. Create a bar chart to present your findings. 

Challenge 3

Below is a recipe for delicious empire biscuits, quintessentially British biscuits baked to celebrate VE day. The recipe is still all in ounces rather than grams. If 100g is approximately 3.5 ounces, can you convert all of the recipe into grams so it is easier to bake?


  • 6.125oz plain flour, plus extra for dusting
  • 3.5 oz cold salted butter, cut into cubes
  • 12.25oz icing sugar
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 medium egg yolks
  • 3.5oz raspberry jam
  • 1.75oz glacé cherries, quartered


If you would like to have a go at baking these biscuits, the recipe can be found here

Challenge 4

Imagine it is 1945 and you are ten or eleven years old...

Watch the clip at the top of the page and the footage below. Can you write a diary entry detailing what you think it would of been like to be celebrating the end of the WWII.

How would you be feeling?

What would you have done to celebrate?

What would you be most looking forward to in the future?

You may need to do some of your own research to help with this...

VE Day celebrations

Watch this compilation of film from IWM Archives, showing thousands of people gathered outside Buckingham Palace on VE Day, local celebrations at King's Lang...