Carrying from last week’s theme of strange UK festivals and traditions we would like to share some more of our favourites.
World Stinging Nettle Eating Championship
Like many UK traditions, this one also started off in a pub, probably as a crazy bet. For this annual event in Dorset, in the south of the UK, contestants battle it out to strip and eat the leaves and stalks from as many nettles as possible – not so easy given that the leaves sting and cause tongues to swell and blacken! Read more about this championship.
World Conker Championships
For the final UK tradition, we present the annual Conker (horse chestnut) Championships which dates back to 1965. Each player’s conker has a hole drilled through the middle and a piece of string attached. The aim of the game is to break your opponent’s conker by striking it. Conker players from around the world gather in a small village in Northamptonshire to compete for the world title of King and Queen Conker every year! Click here to find out more!
There are many more weird and wonderful traditions throughout the UK from worm charming, Morris dancing and pea shooting. A quick search on the Internet will reveal a lot more!
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Hopefully you should all be enjoying the holiday season or escaping the heat wave. Meanwhile in the UK, in the few days that the sun appears, we often celebrate at one of many strange festivals and traditions that take place all across the country.
This week we’d like to share our pick of these traditions, which you could consider replicating (or not) on your return to the classroom in September!
Cheese Rolling in Gloucester
This world famous event consists of international competitors racing down an extremely steep hill after a large round of cheese. The first person to the bottom wins the cheese! This one is not for the faint-hearted and the race often results in a few broken bones! Watch the following mad clip of this year’s competition.
Man versus Horse Marathon
This wild annual race takes place in the Welsh town of Llanwrtyd Wells (pronounced clan-ooh-er-tid) where runners compete against riders on horseback over a 35km course across the countryside. As you can imagine, the winner is usually a horse and only once in 25 years has a man won! You can read more about this eccentric race here.
Have you seen any quirky traditions on your travels or any that you take part in?
We’ll bring you some more strange UK traditions next week! Enjoy the summer!
At long last, it’s summer time again! It’s time to put your flip-flops on, smother yourself in sun cream, grab yourself an ice cream and head for the beach. Congratulations to everyone who has made it through the year. Now’s the time to relax and take a hard-earned break before planning and preparing for the next school year!
From everyone here at Oxford Professional Development we hope you all have a wonderful summer holiday away from the classroom. In the meantime we’ll be busy working behind the scenes preparing plenty of new and exciting training opportunities and ideas for the classroom! We’ll be sure to keep you updated!
Have a great summer!
Whilst this academic year is coming to a close, we’re already preparing for next year!
As in previous years we will be offering the Make the Most online courses. For those of you unaware, our Make the Most courses are online courses based on OUP titles that show teachers how to exploit their course book and didactic materials while discovering the methodology behind the lessons.
We invite you to take a sneak peek at some of our most popular Make the Most online courses using the following login details:
Access the preview
In the preview you’ll find a selection of course content from different Make the Most courses. You also have the added bonus of joining a teaching community made of other teachers that use the same course book and methodology around Spain.
You can learn more about the Make the Most courses and what they entail here.
In the not-so distant future we will send out an email invitation for teachers who would like to sign up for the online courses.
At first glance you might simply see mindless doodling, but these sketchnotes (created by Sandy Millin at our Meet the Authors Mallorca) also have cognitive benefits and you may want to give them a go with your students.
You may find that your students connect more with the notes they are taking as they draw images to illustrate ideas. Also, thanks to the illustrations and graphics the notes are much more interesting and attractive, which can result in the note-taker reviewing their notes more often on their own – and with classmates. These are just a few benefits but there are plenty more to consider.
Need extra encouragement to try with your students? They’re likely already familiar with the concept of sketchnotes as it resembles the ever popular infographics and whiteboard animations – remember this one about education paradigms?
Why not try out sketchnotes with your students in class one day this week? They’ll love the change of pace and the chance to draw their notes – and they may even remember them better!