Resources - Date to celebrate - January 5 - Twelfth Night

18th December 2009 at 00:00

What's it all about?

Twelfth Night is celebrated on January 5 to mark the end of the "12 days of Christmas". It is a traditional date for taking down decorations and embarking on the new year. In the Middle Ages it was a time for celebration, music and festivals, and it could be a fun way to engage pupils at the start of the year.

Classroom ideas

You could organise a costume day where pupils dress in traditional clothing and learn about the tradition of Twelfth Night through interactive presentations, films or music. At the end of the day you could arrange the class in teams and hold a quiz to see who has learnt the most.

You could also organise a reading or class performance of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, which is assumed to have been written as part of celebrations to mark the special date.

Help, I've got no time to prepare

The Woodlands Junior School website has a huge amount of information and ideas you can use for inspiration. Visit their website at www.woodlands-junior.kent.sch.ukcustomsXmastwelfth.htm for more information.

Where do I get more information?

The TES website has lots of information and resources to celebrate Twelfth Night. Visit for more information.

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