On Thursday 8th February 2017, 4 of our bilingual groups from 1º ESO and 2ºESO were given the opportunity to spend the day with our English Language Assistant, Joao, learning about what Pancake Day in the United Kingdom is and why it is celebrated.
The students learnt that Pancake Day is the day before Ash Wednesday, the day that a period of abstinence called Lent begins. Lent is 40 days long and traditionally people would refrain from eating rich foods such as butter, eggs and flour during this period. Butter, eggs, flour and milk are the main ingredients used to make pancakes and they’re very quick and easy to make. Traditionally, pancakes are served with sugar and lemon but they also go well with sweeter toppings such as chocolate making them perfect for using up all the rich and sweet foods you have before Lent begins.
The students also learnt that Pancake Day is also known as Shrove Tuesday because the word ‘shrove’ comes from the verb ‘to shrive’ which means ‘to confess’ and traditionally this was also a day in which people would go to confess their sins.
The students were very interested to learn that in the UK they have pancake races on Pancake Day and so the students were given the opportunity to participate in pancake competition. The student who could flip a pancake the most number of times in a frying pan in two minutes won a prize. The record was 120 flips in 2 minutes! Students also learnt some new vocabulary relating to cooking such as mixing, pouring, breaking etc and the tools used to make pancakes such as whisk, measuring jug, job etc. The students also made their own pancake batter and ate some pancakes with a variety of toppings such as sugar, lemon, banana, strawberries and chocolate spread.
It was a day enjoyed by all students and it gave them an opportunity to experience some British culture first hand.