Author Archives: Sally-Jayne

Diwali (Sikh festival)

The Sikh festival of Diwali is celebrated at the same time of year of the Hindu one, but they celebrate very different events.. For Sikhs, Diwali is a celebration of the release from prison of Guru Hargobind, the 6th Guru. … Continue reading

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What is Sukkot?

Sukkot falls two weeks after Rosh Hashanah and a few days after Yom Kippur, and is quite a fun festival after the more serious ones. It begins on 15th Tishrei and lasts for seven days. This festival celebrates the Jews … Continue reading

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Michaelmas Day

29th September is the feast day of St Michael. He is said to be the protector against darkness, and so it is natural that his feast day should fall when the nights start drawing in. According to the stories, St … Continue reading

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Mexican Independence Day

16th September is Independence Day in Mexico. It commemorates Miguel Hidalgo’s cry for freedom of 16th September 1810, which began the uprising, although Mexico didn’t actually gain independence until 28th September 1821. Miguel Hidalgo, a priest, along with Ignacio Allende, … Continue reading

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Roald Dahl Day

September 13th is the birthday of Roald Dahl – the genius who dreamt up Willy Wonka, the Big Friendly Giant, an oversized talking centipede and Miss Trunchbull. And since 2006 it has been the date for celebrating his life and … Continue reading

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How to Learn Children’s Names in September

It’s that time of year again, when teachers are thinking about their new classes, hoping they won’t have too many with the same name, and wondering how they will ever learn all the names if they aren’t all the same. … Continue reading

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How to Improve Pupils’ Ability in Listening Comprehensions

There are some great ideas here for improving listening skills. I already use some of them – spot the silent letter and minimal pairs are particular favourites of mine. What do others do to improve this skill? I’d love to … Continue reading

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