We were supposed to make these lanterns last week to celebrate martinmas, but due to unforseen circumstances, english club had to be cancelled – however we used the lesson to talk about November, and its darkness, and all the festivals of light which happen to occur doing this time.
We started off by reading this poem…
…before discussing it, and the lack of life in November. We then talked about the jack-o-lanterns used at Halloween, originally made to ward off evil spirits, and we talked about the historical reason behind Bonfire Night in England, the meaning of Diwali, and finally the story of Martinmas.
Then, using this diagram….
Leon, whose school schedule has unfortunately changed, so he arrives a little late to english club, is still working on his – and he has put so much work in to his mathematical design so far – I must make sure he finishes it! 🙂