Remember, remember, the Fifth of November,
Gunpowder, Treason and Plot
I see no reason why gunpowder and treason
Should ever be forgot...
This rhyme refers to Guy Fawkes who tried to blow up the English Houses of Parliament in what is called the Gunpowder Plot. This act of treason is commemerated each 5th of November with bonfires and fireworks. Effigies of Guy Fawkes are made out of old clothes stuffed with newspaper and burnt on top of bonfires. Children traditionally used to take their 'Guys' around the streets asking for pennies to buy fireworks with, hence 'Penny for the Guy'.
Why not make a 'Guy' in your setting.
And here are two colouring in pictures to download for the children to complete.
And don't forget to tell Mums and Dads about the Firework Safety Code
- Only buy fireworks marked BS 7114.
- Don't drink alcohol if setting off fireworks.
- Keep fireworks in a closed box.
- Follow the instructions on each firework.
- Light them at arm's length, using a taper.
- Stand well back.
- Never go near a firework that has been lit. Even if it hasn't gone off it could still explode.
- Never put fireworks in your pocket or throw them.
- Always supervise children around fireworks.
- Light sparklers one at a time and wear gloves.
- NEVER give sparklers to a child under five.
- Keep pets indoors.
- Don't set off noisy fireworks late at night and never after 11pm
Download copies of the Firework Code in English, Urdu, Gujurati, Hindi, Punjabi, Chinese and Bengali