What is the most English thing you can think of?

Discussion in 'Off-Topic Chat' started by meandmycornet, Mar 5, 2008.

  1. meandmycornet

    meandmycornet Active Member

    Hello dearest darling tMPers!

    As you probably know... I'm off to America (I will be in the sky this time next week!!!) for a couple of months for my teaching practice!

    I have Kindergarten (five and six year olds!), and the teacher has asked me if I would like to do a mini-unit of work on England, this is where you lovely lot come in! I need ideas of things which are very English, that American people might not know much about etc. etc.

    Also possibly something we could cook that is very English! I was thinking cream teas, but we'd have a few issues with clotted cream there (i.e. a distinct lack of it!)

    Lots of thank you's in advance,

  2. DaveR

    DaveR Active Member

    Gingerbread men? That strikes me as a British (if not solely English) peculiarity that I've never seen anywhere else (not that I've ever been to America!). Maybe some more well travelled people might disagree on that one. I've certainly yet to see anybody murdered by a gingerbread man on CSI.......:tongue:

    Fairy cakes? Victoria Sponge? Fish and chips? Yorkshire pudding? If you include Scotland, you could have deep fried mars bars! :biggrin:
  3. millie6589

    millie6589 Member

    a PROPER full English!! americans are also big fans of our beer etc, get some real ale!
  4. DaveR

    DaveR Active Member

    I like your thinking - start them off while they are still young?! :rolleyes:

    How about cucumber sandwiches and toasted crumpets? Or anything with Marmite!!

    Oh Fi, a recipe for making clotted cream can be found here
  5. millie6589

    millie6589 Member

    oh yeah, forgot it was for kindergarten!! i'm trained as a nursery nurse too so maybe not the best suggestion! yeah, crumpets are a good idea...!
  6. a very flat b

    a very flat b Member

    :oops: Sorry I read the title and village pub, ploughmans, beer and a brass band was my response.:tongue:

    The age range you will be teaching would have a great time on that and you'd be on you way home.

    So, two things that they will enjoy:

    Cottage pie - a pie with no pastry, thats a whole lesson for you!!
    Apple (or any other) crumble - ditto above.

    Good luck:clap:
  7. John Brooks

    John Brooks Well-Known Member

    Tea made in a teapot rather than a cup!

    Also, I think you may find that a suitable cream is available in N.A. but is simply not labelled "clotted cream". You could demonstrate an English "High Tea".

    Cricket. Who knows, you may create an American love of the game in those wonderful little hearts :)

    History......N.A. history is "recent" when compared to English history; you could illustrate that major cultural difference. Something along the lines of "When the U.S. was being created "all this" (Powerpoint illustrations maybe) had been in existence for hundreds of years already.
  8. meandmycornet

    meandmycornet Active Member

    Wow lots of fab ideas people! Keep them coming!

    So far ... i'm going to do a lesson on the royal family, talk about Queen Liz etc. the children can then become queens and kings by making their own 'crowns' and we can have a coronation ceremony! :D

    and a proper English Tea Party! Scones with cream and jam, cucumber sandwiches, marmite sandwiches, gingerbread men etc etc etc!

    thinking about english country dancing.... but I have no idea of any dances or anything! Anybody got a secret passion for english country dancing that they'd like to share? or maybe just a website with suitable dances for very small people? :tongue:
  9. sudcornet

    sudcornet Member

    Teach them that they can't really have a "World Series" without inviting other countries to participate.

    Teach them that "polite applause" is much more sophisticated than "whooping and hollering".

    Teach them how to spell "KYOTO"

    Teach them that being able to buy guns and ammo in Walmart isn't necessarily a good thing.

    Teach them to use the date format DD/MM/YYYY.

  10. DaveR

    DaveR Active Member

    I was going to suggest that you get a maypole, but I see that is used in America anyway! You need a morris dancer to teach you a few steps.....sound like anyone you know (not me I hasten to add!)??? :tongue:
    Last edited: Mar 5, 2008
  11. meandmycornet

    meandmycornet Active Member

    Yes.... I could ask father... but he doesn't actually know how to dance... he just sort of bobs about a bit!

    I was thinking of a maypole actually.... would be fairly easy to recreate.. broom handle and a load of ribbon or something! Didn't realise they used them in America though! I'm sure we thought of it first!
  12. meandmycornet

    meandmycornet Active Member

    Anybody got any ideas for some English music? songs? etc? suppose I better do some music, seeing as I'm an music specialist!
  13. Hells Bones

    Hells Bones Active Member

    Why not do some English folk music? Rose without a thorn might be a good idea.
  14. Anno Draconis

    Anno Draconis Well-Known Member

    LMAO :biggrin:

    For a reasonable intro to English folk music from the 16th century onwards (including words and Midi files) try this site.
  15. brassneck

    brassneck Active Member

    Morris Dancing (as said before) ... I'm sure the kids will love that! Get them to make the hats and tie bells to their trousers!
    Last edited: Mar 6, 2008
  16. Bayerd

    Bayerd Active Member

    Of course they can, the World Series was named after the newspaper called the World that sponsored the event and had nothing to do with inviting the rest of the world. Series meaning more than one game..........
  17. Hornblower RN

    Hornblower RN Member

    Show them photographs of how we park our cars...i.e not on driveways. :) Photographs of rows of terraced houses would certainly be of interest.:tup
  18. Anno Draconis

    Anno Draconis Well-Known Member

    Show them a garage forecourt sign indicating petrol @ £1.09 a litre. :D

    On second thoughts, don't; it'll make 'em cry. It makes me cry ;)
  19. HaleStorm

    HaleStorm Member

    Teach them about November 5th, as far as i am aware they dont celebrate this and its definatly a very very english thing.

    Make them all fish and chips with mushy peas

    Scones with jam and cream

    Play them some proper British Brass music

    Theres a few suggestions for you
  20. hicks

    hicks Member

    Introduce the kids to a bit of culture and listen to a selection of movements from Enigma variations. You can't get more English than Elgar!

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