Our Celebrations topic for Reception covers celebratory events from your own community and the wider world. Discover the special dates for Spring Term that you can make extra-special and educational for your class!
This varied and diverse topic is designed to run through the school year, encouraging us to learn about similarities and differences between people and communities whilst covering early learning goals from across art & design, dance, drama, English, RE and maths, all through immersive learning experiences.
Many holidays celebrate new beginnings, such as the new year, the first day of spring or special birthdays. Explore the festivals and symbols that indicate new life.
Chinese New Year - Beginning of the new year on the Chinese calendar
25 January 2020
Listen to the story of Nian. Collect red items and instruments and take part in a group lion dance. What happens when Nian appears?
Mardi Gras - Shrove Tuesday: the last day before the start of Lent
25 February 2020
Learn about Mardi Gras floats, costumes, music and dancing. Make masks, pancakes, your own shoebox floats and try samba dancing at your own mini Mardi Gras parade.
Spring Season - March, April and May
Starts 1 March 2020
Reflect on the new beginnings, life and activity Spring brings using dance and art. Paint pictures of Spring, create wool wrap sheep, make springtime animals and trees with play-dough and skip with ribbons to country dancing music.
Holi - Hindu Festival
9 March 2020
This festival inspires colourful and lively celebration as Hindu people remember the games played by Lord Krishna when he was young. In this session children experiment with splatter painting and create artwork for a display.
Easter- Christian Festival
12 April 2020
Hear about the Christian Festival of Easter and what this celebration means for a Christian family. Take time to learn about the Easter story, create Easter art, make Easter nest cakes and playdough eggs and take part in an Easter bonnet parade.
Baisakhi, also known as Vaisakhi - a Sikh New Year Festival
13 April 2020
Learn how Sikhs celebrate Baisakhi. Create lion masks and frozen princess crowns, Khanda flags and kanga ready to role-play, dance to Vaisakhi music and eat special food!
Eid ul Fitr – Muslim celebration at the end of Ramadan
23 May - 24 May 2020
Eid-ul-Fitr celebrates the end of Ramadan. Find out about how Muslim families celebrate, explore Islamic artefacts, make symmetrical paintings, craft special patterns with pulses and lentils and learn a poem ‘ Eid is coming’ together.