Learning From Home

Learning and engagement is at the heart of what we do at the National Memorial Arboretum, being host to over 380 memorials each with their own stories to tell as well as the diverse woodland landscape which we call home. Please find below a selection of materials that we invite you to use during this time at home, and we hope you will join us at the Arboretum, once we have reopened, to continue your learning. 

Victory over Japan Day (VJ Day) marked the day that Japan surrendered in the Second World War, bringing about the end of the conflict. This came several months after Victory in Europe Day (VE Day).

Use the resources below to discover more about those who fought in the Far East. Our activity packs, developed in partnership with The Royal British Legion, and guided walks will explore the story of the "Forgotten Fourteenth". Comprising a million people from across the Commonwealth, the Fourteenth Army was one of the most diverse forces in history. 

VJ Day

Designed for all ages, our activity packs provide an overview of the Second World War in the Asia-Pacific theatre and shine a spotlight on the incredible people who served in challenging conditions, fighting against the fearsome Japanese Imperial Army. 

VJ Day Activity Pack

VJ Day Children's Activity Pack

VJ Day Quiz Pack 

VJ Day Guided Walks

As part of our programme commemorating the 75th anniversary of VJ Day we've transformed our planned series of guided walks into free downloadable virtual tours. Each of these features some fascinating stories about memorials connected with the Second World War and VJ Day. 



VE Day

On 7 May 1945, Nazi Germany surrendered and the Second World War in Europe was over. On 8 May, people in Britain and across the world celebrated Victory in Europe, also known as VE Day.

Discover more about the Second World War and VE Day at home by using the worksheets below.

Ages 7-11 (KS2)

Ages 11-16 (KS3 & KS4)

Adult Learning

You are never to old to learn something new. 

Our VE Day learning packs, made especially for adults, include interesting facts, recipes and even a crossword. 

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Crossword Answers

Further VE-Day Resources

We invite families to explore VE Day together using The Royal British Legion’s Home Learning resources. Free to download, they offer activities to engage children aged 7-14 in commemorating the service and sacrifice of the WWII generation then and now. 



The Art of Remembrance

In times of conflict or disruption, artists and designers are also employed to help support the country’s response and those serving for their country.

Discover some of the ways that art and design is used in times if disruption using the worksheet below:

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Medicine, Conflict and Emergencies

In times of conflict, scientists and medical professionals often have to develop new treatments and medicines.

This activity looks at the major medical treatments and processes developed in times of conflict or national emergencies, and how they went on to benefit the Nation.

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Garden Species and Sampling

At the National Memorial Arboretum, we are really proud of our diverse natural environment and the plants and animals that call it home.

This activity will teach you about the scientific concept of sampling through the use of a piece of equipment called a quadrat.

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Second World War Rationing

Before the start of the Second World War, Britain imported around two-thirds of its food. After war was declared in September 1939 the British Government had to reduce the amount of imported food as German submarines began attacking British supply ships.

Download this activity pack to learn more about the rationing timeline, 1940's meal planning and the spirit of 'Make Do and Mend'.

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Music and Remembrance

Every day at 11am, we hold a short Act of Remembrance in our Chapel which includes the playing of a piece of music known as The Last Post. This piece, normally performed on a bugle or trumpet, has become the most well known piece of music associated with Remembrance.

This activity gives you the chance to compose your own musical call to signal a message.

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