Saturday 13th February
Saturday 13th February 2021
Good morning everyone,
We have a Saturday blog today. This is because children may like to make a Valentine’s Day card for their friend or relative. Especially as we can’t see our loved ones at the moment.
All you need is card, pencils, paint, scissors, glue and imagination. There are some pictures of cards below for inspiration however I am sure that you will have plenty of amazing ideas yourself.
What is Valentine’s Day?
Valentine's Day, or St Valentine's Day, is celebrated every year on 14 February.
It's a special day when people show their affection for another person or people by sending cards, flowers or chocolates with messages of love. But do you know how it originated?
The day gets its name from a famous saint, St Valentine and there are several stories of who he was.
The popular belief about St Valentine is that he was a priest from Rome in the third century AD. Emperor Claudius II had banned marriage because he thought married men were bad soldiers. Valentine felt this was unfair, so he broke the rules and arranged marriages in secret.
When Claudius found out, Valentine was thrown in jail. There, he fell in love with the jailer's daughter and when he was taken away on 14 February never to be seen again he sent her a love letter signed "from your Valentine". And that is why we now send cards on this day.
We have another celebration during half-term, Tuesday 16th February is Shrove Tuesday or Pancake Day.
What is Pancake Day?
Pancake Day is also known as Shrove Tuesday and is happening on 16th February in 2021. It happens on a different day every year to mark the start of the Christian festival of Lent.
Shrove Tuesday is the beginning of the 40 days leading into Easter, which happens on Sunday 4th April in 2021.
Lent is traditionally a time of fasting and sacrifice, and often Christians give things up - such as chocolate. The tradition comes from families using up all ingredients in their cupboards so that they can start Lent the next day.
The ingredients - eggs, flour and milk - used to be very common things for people to give up for Lent, so it made sense to use them all up.
What is Lent?
Lent is a period of 40 days where Christians remember the events leading up to and including the death of Jesus Christ. A lot of people use Lent as a way of testing their willpower - often giving up things like chocolate or other sweet treats before Easter.
Millions of people do this as a sign of sacrifice, and Christians do it to represent Jesus Christ's sacrifice when he went into the desert to pray and fast for 40 days.
If you would like to make pancakes at home here is a simple recipe. You can also watch Sam and her son make them together on the blog below.
- 100g plain flour
- 2 large eggs
- 300ml milk
- 1 tbsp sunflower or vegetable oil, plus a little extra for frying
- lemon wedges to serve (optional)
- caster sugar to serve (optional)
- Or choice of favourite toppings, fruit, jam, Nutella etc.
Put 100g plain flour, 2 large eggs, 300ml milk, 1 tbsp sunflower or vegetable oil and a pinch of salt into a bowl or large jug, then whisk to a smooth batter.
Set aside for 30 mins to rest if you have time, or start cooking straight away.
Set a medium frying pan or crêpe pan over a medium heat and carefully wipe it with some oiled kitchen paper.
When hot, cook your pancakes for 1 min on each side until golden, keeping them warm in a low oven as you go.
Serve with lemon wedges and caster sugar, or your favourite filling. Once cold, you can layer the pancakes between baking parchment, then wrap in cling film and freeze for up to 2 months.
Enjoy and have a lovely half term
Do keep your pictures coming in and we will share them on the blog.