Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Click here to download the ‘Learning Activities’ (in pdf format) which complete this lesson. Active Learning Discussion Research Cross-Curricular Activities Role Play Support Sheets Creative ideas Further information

Learning Objectives : 

Learning Objectives To understand that there are different ways of showing you care. To think about the lives of people living in other times with different values and customs. To be aware of different types of relationships, including those between friends and families, and to develop the skills to be effective in relationships.

Happy Valentine’s Dayfrom the Go-Givers! : 

Happy Valentine’s Dayfrom the Go-Givers!

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Charles, Duke of Orleans, was one of the first people to send a ‘valentine’. In 1415 he sent several rhyming love letters or ‘valentines’ to his wife in France from the Tower of London, where he had been imprisoned after the Battle of Agincourt.

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In the Middle Ages, young men and women drew names from a bowl to see who their valentines would be. They would wear these names on their sleeves for one week – hence the phrase ‘wear your heart on your sleeve’.

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White roses are for true love. Red roses are for passion. Yellow roses are for friendship. Black roses mean farewell.

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People used to believe that if a woman saw a robin flying overhead on Valentine's Day, it meant she would marry a sailor. If she saw a sparrow, she would marry a poor man and be very happy. If she saw a goldfinch, she would marry a millionaire.

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It was thought that birds chose their mate for the year on February 14th. Doves and pigeons mate for life and so were used as symbols of fidelity.

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If a girl was curious and brave enough she would conjure up the appearance of her future husband by going to a graveyard at midnight on St. Valentine's Eve. She would then sing a special chant and run around the church twelve times.

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What did the boy squirrel say to the girl squirrel on Valentine’s Day? ‘I’m nuts about you!’

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What did the girl squirrel say to the boy squirrel? ‘You’re nuts so bad yourself!’

Happy Valentine’s Dayfrom the Go-Givers! : 

Happy Valentine’s Dayfrom the Go-Givers!

Glossary : 

Glossary farewell – goodbye fidelity – faithfulness, loyalty conjure up – call to mind chant – a simple song or phrase repeated

Useful Web Links : 

Useful Web Links http://news.bbc.co.uk/cbbcnews/hi/newsid_4260000/newsid_4265900/4265951.stm – Valentine’s Around the World in pictures http://news.bbc.co.uk/cbbcnews/hi/newsid_3450000/newsid_3456400/3456449.stm - What to do if you’re blue on Valentines http://news.bbc.co.uk/cbbcnews/hi/newsid_4250000/newsid_4258600/4258687.stm - Newsround quiz on Valentines http://www.apples4theteacher.com/holidays/valentines-day/ - Valentines games and activities for children http://www.activityvillage.co.uk/valentines_day_crafts.htm - Valentines crafts ideas for kids http://www.primaryresources.co.uk/pshe/pshe.htm - primary resources for teaching PSHE

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If you enjoyed this lesson, why not try: Chopsticks An adaptation of a Korean story which illustrates the negative effect of selfishness.

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