If you need ideas for a St Valentine’s Day lesson plan suitable for KS1 and KS2, why not consider telling the children the following history/ story of St Valentine then ask them to rewrite it as if they were there:
- ask the children what they understand by valentines day or St Valentine
- explain they need to listen carefully because they are going to recount the story/ history of the day:
1700 years ago Rome was ruled by Emperor Claudius II who enjoyed waging wars and expected men to volunteer to fight. But because many men didn’t want to leave their wives and children, Claudius decided not to let people get married, which of course wasn’t popular.
One priest who felt strongly about it was called Valentine. He secretly kept performing marriages, even though he knew it was against the law and punishable by death. Unfortunately he was caught and thrown in jail.
One of his few comforts there was the friendship of the daughter of a prison guard. She visited him often and helped him to stay positive. Valentine was so grateful to her that on the day he was to die he left her a farewell note and signed it, “From your Valentine.”
This day was February 14th, and gradually over the years this date became marked by the sending of notes, letters, cards and gifts to loved ones.
consider asking the children to rewrite the story as if they were one of the characters. They could choose to be either Valentine, someone who was getting married when Valentine was arrested, or the jailer’s daughter.
- alternatively ask the children to think of someone they love and why then share with their response partner. To stop them from being silly you may ask them to think of a family member or someone outside of school. Have 3 sensible children share with the rest of the class then introduce the activity of making a card for that person.
Please let me know other ideas you have for St Valentine Day lesson plans for KS1 and KS2 children.