Midsummer madness

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Enjoy singing, music, dance and drama combined in these activities to celebrate Midsummer’s Day, 24 June.

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Midsummer magic

What you need: Access to internet

Group sizes:
  • Whole class to watch film
  • Small groups to dance and act out story.

Areas of learning:
PD: Moving and handling – Children show good control and co-ordination in large and small movements.
CL: Speaking – Children express themselves effectively showing awareness of listeners needs.

Starters

  1. Talk about Midsummer’s day and some of the traditions linked with this time of year. It is especially important in Scandinavian countries where it is the most important holiday after Christmas. Midsummer Eve is associated with magical creatures such as dragons, giants, unicorns, witches and fairies. Bonfires are lit to celebrate the sun as the days start to get shorter. Wheels are set alight and rolled down hills on fire.
  2. Try this drama game using magical creatures. Ask children to think of different ways these creatures would look and move. Let them experiment and choose how to demonstrate the different creatures. Can they stomp around and roar like dragons? Can they fly on tiptoe like fairies? Play a ‘Beans’ style game shouting out the names. When you shout out bonfire all the children must come together and kneel or stand on the floor with their hands waving like flames in the air.
  3. Visit the CBeebies website to watch a short animated version of Midsummer’s Night Dream or to listen to an audio retelling of the story. Talk about the characters and the story. Where and when was it set?

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