Commemorating Events Beyond Living Memory

Block C - Thanksgiving Day

Learn about events beyond living memory that are significant nationally or globally: events commemorated through festivals or anniversaries. Choose from our series of lively and creative blocks: find out about key commemorative days such as Remembrance Day, Bonfire Night, Thanksgiving Day, the first aeroplane flight, Shakespeare’s birthday, the Monarch’s official birthday, important National Days and Commonwealth Day.

Traditionally the first Thanksgiving Day occurred in 1621 when the Plymouth Pilgrim community joined in a feast with Native Poeples to celebrate the first harvest. Take part in role-play, practical tasks and creative activities, inspired by this annual family orientated day of turkey dinners and parades in USA.

This Topic is written for Key Stage 1. If you want to use this Topic for a different Key Stage, you will need to consider how to adapt the outcomes, content, delivery methods, resources and differentiation, as well as the relevant National Curriculum objectives.

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01: Journey to a new land

What would it be like to have to leave the known & journey to the unknown?  Children empathise by imagining a journey into space to an unknown planet – what would you need to take?

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02: Folk hero Squanto

New ways and life style for Pilgrims, helped by Squanto and indigenous population, Wampanog Tribe.  

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03: Learning from others

Pilgrims and Native peoples interact together and teach each other new skills. Hot seat Pilgrim and Native peoples; experience practical and creative tasks.

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04: Performance time!

Children present their learning to invited audience. Watch present day traditional parade.