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SAINT GEORGE AND THE DRAGON


When is St George's Day? 


St. George's Day is on 23 April. It is England's national day.





EASTER TIME

Here some songs about eggs, basket...bunny...




First song


 

You can listen these two songs for:


  VALENTINE'S DAY














 PEACE


THANKSGIVING DAY





Gingerbread Man story









St. David's Day is celebrated in Wales and by Welsh people throughout the world on 1st March. It is the custom on that day to wear either a leek or a daffodil and for young girls to wear the national costume. Find out about Wales. How is it similar / different to where you live?
 Make a travel guide about Wales. Watch this video tour for some inspiration:

Learn about the history of St. David. Who was he? Why do people remember him? Watch this video about St. David. Could you retell the main points to another person, or rewrite it in the form of a story / storyboard / animation of your own?

 

Saint Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, is credited with bringing Christianity to Ireland. St.Patrick's Day is celebrated with parades in the large cities, the wearing of the green and drinking Guinness (traditional drink of Ireland).


  • Find out about Ireland. How is it similar / different to where you live?
  • Make a travel guide about Ireland. Watch this video tour for some inspiration:



  • Learn about the history of St. Patrick. Who was he? Why do people remember him?
  • Watch this video about St. Patrick. Could you retell it to another person, or rewrite it in the form of a story / storyboard / animation of your own?

I said that I would tell you about Guy Fawkes and why 5 November is the traditional day for fireworks in England. The year was 1605. Two years earlier, the old Queen, Elizabeth I, had died. She had ruled England for 45 years. She died unmarried and without children. Her nearest relative was King James VI of Scotland, who travelled south to London to become James I of England. At that time there were bitter divisions in Western Europe between Protestants and Catholics. England was predominantly a Protestant country, but there were some powerful Catholic families. (Some old houses near Birmingham have secret rooms -- priest holes -- where Catholic priests could be hidden at times of persecution.) Many Catholic families, despite their religion, were loyal to the King. But others wanted to overthrow the King and replace him with a Catholic monarch. They looked to France and Spain for help. One such group included a man called Guy Fawkes. He was a professional soldier. He had fought in the Spanish army in the Netherlands. He and his fellow conspirators rented a storeroom beneath the Houses of Parliament. Secretly, they filled it with barrels of gunpowder. They planned to blow up the Houses of Parliament on 5 November at a time when the King and many of the most powerful men in England were there. They hoped that Catholics in England would then rebel, and that Spain would send an army to put a Catholic king on the throne of England. But one of the plotters sent a secret letter to Lord Monteagle advising him to stay away from Parliament. Monteagle was a Catholic, but he immediately gave the letter to Robert Cecil, the King's chief minister, who ran a security and intelligence service. Cecil sent men to search the Parliament building. They found Guy Fawkes and 36 barrels of gunpowder. The rest of the plotters were quickly arrested, or died in a fight with the King's men at Kingswinford near modern Birmingham. The survivors were tried and executed in a horrible way. And ever since then, English people have celebrated the discovery of the Gunpowder Plot by building bonfires and letting off fireworks on 5 November. Often we place an effigy of Guy Fawkes on the fire. We have an old rhyme which goes: Remember, remember the 5th of November Gunpowder, treason and plot. I see no reason why gunpowder treason Should ever be forgot.

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