“Remember, remember the fifth of November,
Gunpowder, treason, and plot.
We see no reason
Why gunpowder treason
Should ever be forgot!”
For most children in the United Kingdom, this nursery rhyme is their first introduction to Guy Fawkes and his dastardly gunpowder plot to blow up the king and the House of Lords. Every year on the 5th November, events take place across the UK to celebrate the plot being foiled, and Guy Fawkes and his co-conspirators being captured and brought to justice.
While fireworks, bonfires, and sparklers may be what children immediately think of on 5th November, there’s is a lot to learn about the past from the events of that fateful day.
At West Kidlington Primary & Nursery School, we see dates such as Bonfire Night as the perfect opportunity to introduce children to historical events. While embracing the modern spirit of events such as Bonfire Night, we also educate pupils on the background behind well-known dates and teach some important historical lessons.
We hope you all have a fantastic evening celebrating Bonfire Night. Remember to stay safe, as fireworks and bonfires can be dangerous.