CHRISTIE Park Primary School marked the 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe Day with the launch of an innovative new education resource.

The new 40-page 'VE Day 75 Schools Pack' created by Poppyscotland, a veteran charity, in partnership with the Scottish Government and Legion Scotland, an ex servicemen community, will be sent to every school in Scotland and contains an abundance of facts and stories about what life was like for those living through the Second World War. It includes sections on evacuees, rationing and Churchill's famous VE Day Speech.

Pupils are being encouraged to discover more about how the war impacted on their local community and to stage their own VE Day Street Party.

Laura Penny, head teacher, said: "We are very proud to have been invited by Poppyscotland to launch their VE Day 75th Anniversary Resource Pack. Christie Park Primary School has a long association with Poppyscotland and our curriculum rationale, along with this fantastic new VE Day Schools Pack, allows time for pupils to reflect on the impact of the World Wars on our community.

"Our school building played a significant role in accommodating evacuees from the Clydebank Blitz.”

Maree Todd, minister for children and young people, added: "It is vital that current and future generations have the opportunity to learn about the experiences of those who lived and served, both at home and abroad, throughout the Second World War.

"It is thanks to their efforts and sacrifices that we now have the freedom and relative peace that so many of us take for granted today. I want to commend Poppyscotland for the excellent new education resources that they have created for schools ahead of the 75th anniversary of VE Day in May.”

Gordon Michie, Poppyscotland's head of fundraising and learning, commented: "It was wonderful to see how engaged the Christie Park Primary pupils were, and we expect this to be replicated in classrooms up and down the country."

Every school in Scotland will receive the new VE Day 75th Anniversary Resource Packs this week.