Remember, Remember the 5th of November… The history of this old rhyme is set in Jacobean England in the 17th century.
In 1603 Queen Elizabeth I died. King James VI of Scotland was crowned as James I of England too. Elizabeth had been very hard on catholic people and they hoped James would be kinder but soon some Catholics started to think James was not helping enough and a group of men led by a man called Robert Catesby plotted to use gunpowder to blow up the House of Lords and assassinate the king at the State opening of Parliament. One of the plotters was a soldier called Guy, or Guildo, Fawkes.
The plotters dug a hole for the gunpowder in a wall under Parliament and they piled barrels in, hiding them behind planks of wood but the plot went wrong! One of the plotters wrote a letter and sent it to his friend Lord Monteagle. The letter warned him not to go to the opening and that ‘they shall receive a terrible blow this Parliament’. Monteagle showed the letter to the King which led to a search of the cellars and the discovery of Guy Fawkes, hiding with the gunpowder and fuse. The other plotters fled from London to hide.
Guy Fawkes was questioned about the other members of the plot. At first he refused to give any information, but he was tortured in the Tower of London until he named his co-conspirators. The other plotters were caught and found guilty of high treason. They were condemned to death, to be hung drawn and quartered. Their heads were put on stakes on the city walls to warn other rebels.
Ever since, people have celebrated the 5th November with bonfires and fireworks to commemorate the failure of the plot. We celebrate because the King was not killed and the Parliament was not blown up.
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Plot, Plague & Fire frieze
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The summer holidays are almost over and children will be heading back to school. We all want to make sure they get to and from school safely and the activities selected below could be used in the classroom for Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 pupils.
- Carry out a questionnaire within the class, or the whole school, to find out how every child gets to school. Graph the results.
- Ask the children to list methods of making an area safe, for example pedestrian crossings, road signs etc. Using photographs or pictures made by the children make a display.
- Ask the children to list various traffic hazards that they might encounter on their way to school, for example cars parked in no parking zones, children crossing the road between parked cars etc.
- Ask the children to draw a map of their route to school. Ask them to identify any hazards en route or any features which have been carried out to improve safety. Mark these on the map.
- Look at the area in the immediate vicinity of the school. Using a map or large scale aerial photograph plot features such as road signs, pelican crossing, pedestrian crossing, speed humps or any other features which have been put outside the school to reduce the speed of traffic.
- The number of cars bringing children to school is a problem nationwide. Try to carry out a traffic count first thing in the morning or at the end of the day to see how many cars drop children off immediately outside the school or in the school car park. Carry this out several times in different weather conditions. Does the volume stay the same or vary according to the weather?
- As a school, what methods have you adopted, or plan to adopt to reduce the traffic congestion and improve safety outside the school?
- How could you encourage more children to walk or cycle to school?
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The 2016 Olympic Games are now in full swing in Rio and GB are set to have their best away games yet!
If you are thinking of ways to incorporate the Olympics in to your classroom, we’ve put together a few ideas to help you inspire your pupils and take advantage of the learning opportunities the Games present.
- Use a world map to plot the host nations for the modern Olympics, which started in 1896.
- Plan a viewing programme of Olympic events around Brazil and plan the routes to get there.
- Divide the class or school into groups and allocate each one a country that is participating in the Olympics. They should find out as much as they can about their country, its geography, history and culture and create a report, which they present to the class or school, possibly in the form of a documentary or as a tourist information publication.
- Work out which team has to travel the furthest to get to Rio.
- Allocate each child a participating country and ask them to locate it on a world map. Then ask the class to group themselves as if on a world map, initially just in the correct continents. As a further challenge they could try to position themselves correctly in relation to each other – you might need to go outside or use the hall for this one!
- Learn some basic phrases from competing nations. These could include: Hello, Goodbye, Please, Thank You, Yes, No. Make a poster to help you learn them.
- Record pulse rates before and after participating in different types of sport. Can you devise a fair test? Is one type of sport better for you than another? What criteria would you use?
- All sports people use certain muscles to perform their sport to the best of their ability. Committed sports people train hard every day, eat balanced diets and generally look after themselves. Investigate how muscles work in the body.
- Creative writing – write a mystery story set around the Olympics in Rio. It could involve competitors or spectators, or both, and it should include at least one description of an Olympic event.
- Write a sports report, either for a real or imaginary event.
- Choose one of the ancient Olympic events and write a description of it for someone who has never seen it. Imagine you are in the crowd and writing home to your tell your family about your adventure to this Ancient Olympics (think about sights, smells, sounds etc)
- Using our own national anthem, write some alternative lyrics to give it a sporting theme.
Art & Design
- Design a flag and athletics kit for an imaginary country.
- Design a logo or a poster to promote sport in school.
- Design a training shoe for a chosen sport. Explain how your design would help the athlete to improve their performance.
- Design a poster to promote Olympic values in your school.
- Make an Olympic torch – cut the bottom off a plastic bottle, cover the bottle with foil and add red, yellow and orange tissue-paper flames.
- Design your own set of Olympic medals – gold, silver and bronze. What would you show on either side of each medal.
- Create a database of current world and Olympic records in all the Olympic sports.
- Look at distances, heights and lengths and times of some of the Olympic records. Use this information to set simple calculations such as:
What is the total length of all the ‘throwing’ events?
What is the difference between the men’s marathon winner and the women’s?
If all the jumping events were added together (both height and length) what distance would be covered?
How much further is the men’s compared to the women’s result?
How fast on average were each of the relay runners running?
If you add together all the distance track events for either the men or women, how many laps round the stadium would these amount to? (The stadium track is 400m once round).
The Olympics is also a great opportunity to highlight the Olympic values of excellence, friendship and respect. The official Olympic website offers lots of information about the history of the Games plus current sports and athletes.
Due to tectonic shifts, the entire continent of Australia has moved 1.5 metres north over the past 22 years, putting it out of sync with GPS.
To fix this, Australia is going to adjust its official latitude and longitude, putting the majority of the country back into alignment with the world’s GPS systems.
Tectonic plates are the Earth’s crust broken up into about 12 plates of rock which float on magma (molten rock). Currents in the magma move these plates slowly in different directions. Earthquakes occur along the boundaries of these plates. Earthquakes, which are caused by a build-up of tension between tectonic plates, change the structure of landmasses and the sea floor and can shift continents in moments.
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