Though it has Celtic roots that span back thousands of years, Halloween has very much become a quintessentially American holiday. Still, whilst an important part of the annual calendar across the pond, the celebration is becomingly increasingly popular over here too, with special food, decorations and activities taking place in the majority of UK schools. In this post, we’ve rustled up a few tips on how to mix in a little spookiness with your daily lessons.
Reading and writing
Halloween is a brilliant topic that helps children to really unleash their imaginations. Find some creepy tales that you can share with the class during story time and set a task for everyone to write their own spine-chilling adventure. This is also a good opportunity to teach some synonyms for overused words such as “scary” and “naughty”, helping children to expand their vocabularies in a fun and creative way.
This time of year is great for making science even more fun. There are tons of online resources that are themed around Halloween, although we recommend also coming up with a few of your own. Whether it’s a case of linking biology lessons to Frankenstein’s monster, talking about space and time with the help of Dr Who, or even using zombies to teach children about the food chain or bacteria, we’re sure you’ll have plenty of brilliant ideas.
Kids love trick or treating and dressing up as their favourite characters, but there’s a lot more to Halloween than goodies and costumes. With centuries of heritage and countless traditions, symbols and true stories surrounding the holiday, it’s a fantastic method of really getting kids interested in exploring history.
If you’ve got a cookery lesson planned, you definitely need to give it a spooky twist. From frozen banana ghosts to cookies topped with chocolate spiders, you can’t have Halloween without a few blood-curdling sweet treats!
Keeping everything under control
Children can be particularly energetic during Halloween due to the excitement of upcoming parties and there being a high chance of more sugar in their diet than usual. The important thing is to maintain control by sticking to your usual teaching methods and showing why each subject is important… although we’re sure you’ll manage to squeeze in lots of hair-raising activities in the process.
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