I know this is a little late given St George’s Day was 23rd April, but I just haven’t had time to sit and sort through the things we did to mark the day! And better late than never and all that….
We don’t really go all out for the various national days, but I thought it might be a good opportunity to introduce the idea of St George’s Day and talk about knights, dragons and castles.
We started by taking a look at the St George’s Day story using some twinkl story sequencing cards – we then looked at our Peep Inside the Castle book as well as a lovely story about The Extremely Greedy Dragon which both the children really enjoy reading.
We then set about playing the fab St George’s Day game from twinkl – this was a nice quick game to play so it held both the children’s attention as well as following the various elements of the St George’s Day story. They both really enjoyed playing this, and it has been played a few times since.
We then drew some pictures and added some of these very colourful knights and dragons stickers from Baker Ross. We use the Baker Ross foam stickers a lot as they are always wonderful quality and the children can peel them themselves without assistance from me. Miss E took the approach of trying to fill the page, Mr D took a more minimalist approach. It was nice to listen to them chatter about their pictures and the knights that were rescuing the villagers.
We then followed this up a day or two later by making some dragon stick puppets as well as me reading the story again and the children finding the appropriate picture for the stage in the story. This was a really good way to check their comprehension of the story and they both had great fun finding the right image to match the story.
I had planned on them designing their own shields, but they didn’t want to do that, so perhaps an activity for us to do on a future date.
I was really surprised with how much they engaged with the St George’s Day story. There isn’t really anything done near us to mark the day but I have identified a lovely looking castle to take them to soon (perhaps next week if this good weather continues) and I hope it will continue to embed their learning about castles and knights.
The resources we used for our St George’s Day activities were: