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St George’s Day

April 16th 2021| Michael Mountford

St George’s Day

St George’s Day is celebrated on the 23rd of April.

Very little is actually known about St George and there’s a lot of stories steeped in myth and legend.

It is believed he was born in a place called Cappadocia – an area which is now in Turkey – and he lived during the 3rd Century.

St George became a Roman soldier but protested against how Rome treated Christian people badly.

Some stories say that St George was tortured for many years because he refused to give up his Christian faith. Legend says that he died three times and was brought back to life by St Michael but in the end was beheaded.

St George’s Day Animated History
The statue of St George at Eltham Palace with the legendary dragon at his feet
How To Make a Cardboard Sword & Shield

Learn how to make a cardboard sword. For full instructions from this tutorial, visit http://bit.ly/2FWPczi

How To Make a Cardboard Shield

Learn how to make a cardboard shield. For full instructions from this tutorial, visit http://bit.ly/2FZ5Wpy

Dragon Paper Craft

*No, i’m only joking, just thought I’d show off this video that I found. Absolutely amazing! – The dragon was built by artist Andy Singleton, he used the equivalent of 1,200 pieces of A4 paper and took around ten days to put it together.

How to Make Origami Dragon

There are an absolute plethora of videos and templates available on YouTube, this one above is one that I have actually used myself at home.

Hold a Summer Fête

Although we may sometimes get caught out, living in a country with such limited sun has meant that we have learnt to make the most of what few summer days we have. One tradition that will never be rained off is the summer fête – enjoyed in countryside villages and even in cities across England.

St George’s Festival at Wrest Park

Read on for your ‘English fête cheat sheet’ and be ready to play tug of war and spin the tombola as soon as you arrive!

1. Tug of War
Originally a royal sport played in Ancient Greece, India, and China mimicking the sun and moon’s fight over light and darkness, this game is now played by adults and children alike. Two teams grab each end of a heavy piece of rope in an attempt to pull their opposition over the centre line.

2. Cream Tea
Cream Tea is certainly not limited to fêtes but is an English summer necessity. Taken with a pot of tea, the afternoon bite usually consists of two scones with cream and jam, and perhaps a few cucumber sandwiches (crusts removed of course) too. Tea is taken differently in certain parts of the country: spread your scone with jam before covering with a dollop of cream for a ‘Cornish split’ as in Cornwall, or coat with cream before adding jam for the Devonshire alternative.

3. Raffle
Purchase a numbered ticket to win a prize! The prizes are usually locally made and can sometimes be comical in nature.

4. Wacky Races
The traditional fête consists of the three-legged race, the egg-and-spoon race, and the sack race. All are suitable for any age and are equally hilarious. The three-legged race sees teams of two tie one player’s right to the other’s left leg and attempts to run on ‘three legs’ to the end of a track. The egg-and-spoon race sees players race whilst holding a hardboiled egg on a spoon – resulting in some of the most absurd running stances possible – and the sack race has each player attempt to run or jump their way to the finish line whilst inside a sack!

5. The Coconut Shy
Be called over by the ‘barker’ and win yourself a coconut by knocking it off its stand with a heavy wooden ball!

6. Foodie Competitions
Summer fêtes will often include either a ‘best Victoria sponge cake’ competition or a ‘grow the largest vegetable’ competition.

7. Morris Dancing
This English folk dance dates back to 1448, and today men and women still wear the traditional bell pads on their knees or ankles and dance a rhythmic step accompanied by the waving of handkerchiefs, clacking of sticks, or even crossing of swords! If you’re very lucky, you may even witness a Morris ‘dance off’ whereby dancing groups from neighbouring villages, usually with differing styles and uniforms, try to outdo one another.

8. Crockery Smash
A rare opportunity for children to fling heavy balls at stands piled high with crockery!

9. Hoopla
Attempt to throw a wooden ring so that it lands around one of a set of blocks to win a prize!

10. Wet Sponge Throwing
Interesting fact, although we refer to the wooden boards which people place their hands and neck as the ‘stocks’. In reality, we use the ‘pillory’, as the stocks are made to hold the ankles. Nowadays, the sufferer of the pillory usually has wet soapy sponges thrown at themselves by children; however, in medieval times the punishment was worse.

Resources

Below are a handful of our new resources which are great ways to start getting involved with your very own St George’s Day celebrations.

Click the link here to see all of our resources that we have created in order to help you teach all about St George’s Day.

St George’s Day Information Text and Comprehension
St George and the Dragon Split Pin Activity
St George’s Day How to Slay a Dragon Writing Activity
St George and the Dragon Story Book

Have a Great Day!

I hope you all have a fun filled day during St George’s Day.

Make sure to tag us on social media with any photos from the day 🙂

If you have any great teaching ideas for this topic, feel free to comment below (they might even get added to the topic calendar!)

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