Many children will be learning about Halloween (also called All Hallows’ Eve), which takes place on October 31, as well as Bonfire Night, on November 5. Take a look at our Spotlights on each of these topics to help with homework and school projects!
Children can read the Britannica article about Halloween, and check out the Activity Centre where there are printable puzzles and games, including colouring pages, word searches, crosswords, a quiz and even a step-by-step guide on how to make a witch’s hat. Please click here to visit Britannica’s Halloween article.
On November 5, bonfires have been lit across the country for over 400 years – but why? We have an interesting article about the details of Guy Fawkes and the gun powder plot, plus many activities and colouring to keep children entertained! Please click here for Britannica’s spotlight on Guy Fawkes.
(The above links will take you to straight to the activity pages with no need to log in.)
Britannica Junior contains comprehensive content for primary school children aged 5-11. Whether it is frogs or physics, gardening or geography, Britannica Online Library Edition covers it all.
To search the full Library edition of Britannica you will need a Kensington & Chelsea Library card and your PIN/password. There are three editions – for children, select Encyclopedia Britannica Junior for a simplified version of the subject.
Chelsea children’s library was proud to host the launch of the brand new Homework Club on Thursday 14 November.
The Homework club is a new Library initiative which takes place between 3.30 to 5.00pm Tuesdays and Thursdays in Kensington, Chelsea, Brompton and North Kensington Libraries. Children aged 7-11 who are library members are welcome to join. It is an after school club, therefore parents/carers will need to register their children.
The club is run by our super volunteers, and they were on hand to make the launch a resounding success…
We invited children’s entertainer John Kirk to help launch the Homework Club. John devised a cunning interactive detection game for the homework club members. They were all assigned roles ranging from detective, doctor, moles and the villain of the piece, the Sloane Ranger, who had infiltrated the club.
Using complicated clues they had to find keys to a code within specially assigned library books. The children were soon engrossed in solving the canny codes and eagerly searched the shelves for the corresponding Dewey numbers on the information books which held the clues. It was so devious that the grown-ups were completely flummoxed, but the children excelled themselves and proved just how clever and adept they were.
The library was a hub of excitement, homework club members were in turns totally absorbed or cock-a-hoop with elation at fathoming the solution. The grown-ups gazed on entranced. Councillor Emma Will was on hand to celebrate the launch and soon got wrapped up and captivated by the challenges the children were tackling. Emma did not need to say anything- the smiles on everyone’s faces announced the success of the event!