Remember, remember: Bonfire Night lesson plans
Our blog looks at fun Bonfire Night lesson plans for kids of all ages, to add some fun to the classroom and teach them the history behind this celebration.
With November upon us, it’s time to think about introducing some Bonfire Night lesson plans to the classroom! This very British celebration appeals to all ages, particularly younger kids. We’ve hand-picked a selection of lesson ideas to help your students get to grips with the story behind Bonfire Night and have a little fun along the way!
4 Bonfire Night lesson plans
Check out our Bonfire Night lesson ideas which you can customise to suit your students.
1) The history of Bonfire Night and the Gunpowder Plot
Draw or display a typical Bonfire Night image (e.g. people standing round a huge fire with an effigy of Guy Fawkes on top). Add more items to the picture, such as fireworks, and ask your students if they know what the picture represents. Ask them if they can tell you anything about the history behind Bonfire Night.
Find out what they know, then split them into small groups and ask them to research the gaps in their knowledge using school iPads or reference books. (There is a host of videos online that they can watch to explain the story of Bonfire Night, see Stories from Parliament, for example.) Ask each group to present a brief history of Bonfire Night to the class at the end of the session.
2) Bonfire snacks
Brainstorm some typical Bonfire Night snacks with your class, e.g. jacket potatoes, burgers, sausages, toasted marshmallows and toffee apples. Put your students into groups and ask them to design a menu for an outdoor Bonfire Night celebration.
3) Bonfire art
This activity is great for younger kids, and you don’t need many materials!
- Gold card
- Brown paper or card
- Yellow, orange and red crepe paper or tissue
- Glue stick
- Sticky tape
1) Cut out a bonfire shape using the gold card.
2) Cut out flames from the crepe or tissue paper and glue them to your bonfire. Don’t glue them flat as you should be aiming to add texture to make them look more realistic.
3) Cut out some log shapes using the brown paper or card and glue them to the base of the bonfire.
4) Using the sticky tape, add some twigs to the bottom of the bonfire to bring it to life and add more texture. Done 😊!
4) Bonfire safety
There are several online resources on how to celebrate Bonfire Night safely. Ask your students to research these independently and give them time to create a colourful poster promoting the safe use of fireworks. You could even offer a small prize for the best one!
These Bonfire Night lesson plans are sure to get your students in the mood for celebrating and finding out more about its fascinating history.
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