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Senior Blog: 5th November 2020

At last bonfire night!!! We have some great ideas that will help to make your November 5th go with a bang. Take a look as we guide you through the new rules of lockdown #2 and our interesting look at Diwali and the origins behind it.

This issue is your chance to vote for your Katie Jayne Tutor to be entered into the annual teacher award for greatness! Tell us if you think your tutor deserves to be rewarded and why. Votes in to us by 8th November.

Our Educational Activities take on a feel of the macabre with the scariest toys, whilst Feel The Burn gets you going with a Body Blast workout.

Have fun and enjoy the read.


Lockdown Bonfire Night At Home

Who says we cannot have Bonfire Night just because we are in lockdown? This could be the best Bonfire Night ever…Make it a night to remember for all the right reasons. Follow our short guide and get cracking!!!

Safety First:

Always wear gloves and hold sparklers at arms length.

Ensure you have a bucket of water on standby to put used sparklers into.

If there are young members of the family around, ensure they are wearing noise cancelling headphones.

Although costumes are fun, they are very flammable. Make sure you stay safe distances away from any fire source.

Always get an adult to handle the fireworks, make sure fireworks cannot fall over and fly towards spectators, never return to a firework once it has been lit and ensure the whole family are standing well back.

Let the games begin…

Dig out those Bonfire Night tunes and dance around like a fizzing firework until the music stops.

When someone shouts:

Catherine Wheel – spin round and round with your arms stretched out.

Rocket – crouch down low and then jump up as high as you can.

Sparklers – everyone must put their hands up, stretch out their fingers and dance up and down and round and round.

Bangers – everyone must clap their hands and count 1, 2, 3 and shout ‘Bang’.

This one’s just for fun!


Add some food colouring to half a cup of water.

Pour two cups of cornflour in to a bowl.

Very slowly add the coloured water and stir.

Add glitter to make your mixture sparkle.

Keep stirring until the slime is good and gloopy!

Top Tips

If your mixture seems too watery, try adding more cornflour.

You could even add glow-in-the-dark poster paint to make the slime glow.

Try different food colouring colours to get different coloured slime!

Lanterns Alight!

You don’t have to have a bonfire to light up your home or garden with colour. Collect any empty glass jars from your recycling and cover them with different coloured tissue paper. Place LED tea-lights inside them and they will cast pretty, coloured shadows all around the room, or if you are going to be outside in the garden you could put real candles or tea lights into the jars and hang them from the trees. Why not use up any glo sticks you may have? You could even turn them into a game.

Hoop it!

Get yourself a stick and bed into the ground, then make your glo sticks into bangles or hoops,  stand a good distance away and try throwing the glo hoops onto the stick, most hoops hooked wins…


What are some the new rules for lockdown #2?

‘Can we still do PE if sports groups have been cancelled?’

Yes – as PE is a part of the school curriculum and as schools are still open, PE will still take place within school time.

However, it may be a bit different than normal, with increased social distancing measures in place.

‘Can we still go to our grandma and grandpa’s house?

This is a bit of a complicated one and depends on a few factors.

The government is asking for people to stay at home and not meet indoors with family or friends unless you live with them, or they are in your support bubble. So if your grandma and grandpa are in your bubble, then that’s fine.

If they aren’t, you can still meet with one person from another household outside – at the park for example – as long as you keep social distancing in place.

However, the government has also asked for those who are vulnerable and for those over 60 to follow the rules carefully and to and minimise their contact with others.

‘Are we still allowed to go to after school clubs?’

Yes and no.

Sport and out-of-school clubs (like drama or martial arts for example) will not be taking place – but some clubs used video calling over the spring lockdown and are planning to do the same this time.

As for pre- and after-school cubs, that’s not quite clear yet.

In the new lockdown rules, the government has said: “Parents will still be able to access some registered childcare and other childcare activities (including wraparound care) where reasonably necessary to enable parents to work, or for the purposes of respite care.”

It continues later to say: “Some venues will be allowed to remain open for specific activities, like childcare and support groups.”

‘Will swimming pools be closing?’

Yes – indoor and outdoor leisure facilities. including swimming pools will be closed under the new rules.

To reduce social contact the government has asked for all non-essential venues to close.

Here are some of the other non-essential activity centres that will also be closing: bowling alleys, leisure centres and gyms, golf courses and driving ranges, dance studios, stables and riding centres, soft play facilities, climbing walls and climbing centres, archery ranges, water and theme parks.

‘I go to a tutor after school. Will I still be able to do that?’

If you visit your tutor’s house, or if you tutor visits your home, then the answer is no.

Under the new lockdown rules, you can’t meet indoors with people who do not live in your household.

Many people have been using online video chatting services to continue their education and stay in touch with others during lockdown.

‘Does that mean the rule of six is now gone?’

Yes – under the new lockdown there are stricter rules about how many people you can met up with.

You must not meet indoors with family or friends unless you live with them, or they are in your support bubble.

A support bubble is where a household with one adult joins up with another household. Households in that support bubble can still visit each other, stay overnight, and visit outdoor public places together.

When meeting outside you can be with people you live with, meet people in your support bubble and also meet one person from a different household.

Children who are too young to go to school, and those with disabilities who need extra care, do not count towards this number.

Katie Jayne’s Interesting Facts

For many people, Diwali honours the Hindu goddess of wealth, Lakshmi. The lights and lamps are said to help Lakshmi find her way into peoples’ homes, bringing prosperity in the year to come!

It’s also a celebration of good triumphing over evil and different legends based on this theme are associated with Diwali. In Northern India, Hindus celebrate the return of the deities (gods) Rama and Sita to the city of Ayodhya, after defeating the evil king Ravana!

Rangoli is a popular Diwali tradition –– beautiful patterns made using colourful powders and flowers. People draw rangoli on the floor by the entrance of their homes to welcome the gods and bring good luck!



Thought For The Week

Why not arrange to have your firework night on the same evening as your neighbours, you can then share your bonfire night experience over the garden fence, enjoying each others fireworks too.


Diwali is the five-day festival of lights – an important religious festival celebrated by millions of Hindus, Sikhs and Jains around the world.

Take a look at this short video to find out more about the Festival of Lights.

When is Diwali?

The festival is usually some time between October and November, with the date changing each year.

In 2020 it begins on Thursday 12 November and lasts for five days, with the main day of celebrations taking place on Saturday 14 November.

Where does the name Diwali come from?

The word Diwali comes from the Sanskrit word deepavali, meaning “rows of lighted lamps”.

Houses, shops and public places are decorated with small oil lamps called diyas. People also enjoy fireworks and sweets too, so it’s really popular with children.

‘What about Diwali? Are churches and religious buildings open?’

No. Places of worship will be closed for big services with lots of people. However, religious buildings can be used for:

broadcasting acts of worship, for individual prayer or for essential things like food banks and support groups.

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