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BETT AWARD FINALIST: Celebrations

In Celebrations, Hamilton's NEW Topic for Reception, children learn about special celebrations in the community and in the wider world. Through a series of exciting activities, discover the different ways we celebrate – and the many different things those celebrations can be about!

Hamilton is extremely proud to announce that BETT has shortlisted Celebrations for a 2017 award for Early Years Digital Content.

Hamilton are thrilled that the Bett Award judges have recognised the quality of our resources, and the way they enable teachers to tackle sensitive subjects such as religion and personal development. Celebrations helps teachers embrace multiculturalism, and it ensures that they have appropriate materials for engaging early years children in learning key knowledge and skills.

Autumn Term 2016

This year, Guru Nanak's birthday is on the 12th November. Discover who Guru Nanak was and why Sikhs celebrate his birthday in our Block on Special Birthdays. Then cross the Atlantic to the USA to discover Thanksgiving on the 24th November.  Children learn about this special day in our Saying Thank You Block, and then again with a focus on the New York Thanksgiving Parade in our Block on Carnavals and Parades.

Learn about the Jewish story of Hanukkah which starts on December 24th in Festivals of Light and discover the Christian traditions underpinning Christmas on December 25th in Special Birthdays

Spring Term 2017

The Chinese New Year falls on January 28th, so chase out the old year and let in the new year in Session 1 of Carnivals and Parades! Children create lion masks for the Lion Dance, make dragon puppets and read the story of Nian the monster.

Poor old Nian the monster gets chased away from the Chinese New Year. Can children find a parade where he can join the fun? Learn about Mardi Gras, the Christian Festival that falls on the last day before Lent - February 28th. Children learn about the masked balls and colourful parades that happen in New Orleans, and create their own shoebox floats in session 2 of the Carnivals and Parades Block. 

On the 13th March Hindu's will celebrate Holi, the 'Festival of Colours'! Introduce children to Hindu artefacts, make Besan Ladoo sweets and create splatter paintings. Finish with a beautiful dance with colourful scarves in Session 3 of the New Beginnings Block. 

In our New Beginnings block, learn how Sikhs celebrate Baisakhi (also spelt Vaisakhi) on the 13th April.  Children create a Khanda flag and tissue paper flowers, they learn how to behave in a Gurdwara, and then they finish with a colourful dance to traditional music with dance scarves.  Then discover the most important Christian festival of the year - Easter, which falls on 16th April. 

Summer Term 2017

On 10th May celebrate Wesak or Buddha's birthday. Children meditate, learn about Buddhist principles, and create Mandalas. Enjoy lots of laughing!

Ramadan begins on the 27th May and ends with Eid-ul-Fitr from sunset on the 24th June.  Children learn about the traditions of Islam, including learning about Islamic prayer. They discuss the Five Pillars of Islam, discover Laylat-al-Qadr, and finally celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr in our Festivals of Light Block. 

Looking ahead....

Look ahead to the following school year, with Eid-ul-Adha on 1st September and the Japanese Full Moon Festival from October 4th to October 6th 2017 in the Carnivals and Parades Block. 

Find 'Celebrations', by hovering over 'Topics' at the top of the page and clicking on 'Reception' in the purple bar.