As today is the Fourth of July, or Independence Day as it is also known, ‘independence’ was the hands-down winner for our Wednesday Word of the Week. One of the best known and most powerful sentences in the English language is the second line of the Declaration of Independence, which was delivered by US President Thomas Jefferson on 4 July1776. It reads: “…We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness…”.
Anyway, quietly humming The Star Spangled Banner to myself, I entered ‘independence’ into Espresso and it discovered 15 liberating items.
American Independence declared, News 2, This week in history
If you’ve ever wondered what the Declaration of Independence actually declared, which countries it affected, or who were involved in writing and signing it; then look no further than this useful article.
Off to school, Foundation, PSED, My school days, Videos
Independence comes in many forms: packing his lunch, tying his shoes, zipping up his coat, walking to school and kissing his mum goodbye; the little boy in this video gets himself ready for school. A great video for your new starters in September.
Fireworks are definitely a great way to celebrate a special day like Independence Day but how much do your pupils really know about them? Discover where fireworks were invented and many more interesting facts about fireworks here.
America celebrates, News 1, My first news, Special days
A sneak peak at how Americans celebrate the Fourth of July. Take a look at all those amazing floats, brass bands, brightly coloured balloons and flags, and the President’s address from the White House.
New African country, PSHE & Citizenship 2, News
Find out why so many people voted in favour of a new independent country, South Sudan in Africa. If you could start a new country, what would it be like? Mine would definitely have a three day weekend and that would be just for starters!