At the beginning of September, all the children go back to school. As you can imagine, some of them are happy and excited about this but many of them are not! The parents are usually relieved though because it’s difficult to keep children entertained all summer. State schools have had six weeks’ holiday and private schools even longer. By the end of the summer, the kids are starting to get bored and mums and dads need a break!
Four and five-year-olds start school for the first time, primary school children have a new teacher and eleven-year-old children start secondary school, sometimes called “big school”. This is a big change for them. Instead of one teacher all day, they have different teachers for every subject. Universities start later in the month or even in October.
At the start of the month there may still be warm summery days, but then the weather begins to change. The days usually get cooler, there is more wind and rain, and it gets dark earlier and earlier in the evening as the month goes on. The 22nd or 23rd is officially the first day of autumn. It is also called the autumn equinox, when night and day are the same length.
Some schools and village churches have a Harvest Festival. This means people celebrate the farmers harvesting the crops from the fields. Sometimes churches and schools collect food for poor families. Villages may also have a harvest supper. This might be a bring-and-share meal where everyone takes a dish to share.
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