Celebrations - FREE

Block B - Special Birthdays

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!

Find out about the special birthdays we celebrate in our communities. Learn about Guru Nanak’s birthday and how Sikh’s celebrate; discover Wesak, the most important of the Buddhist festivals, that marks the Buddha’s birthday; reflect on Christmas, the birthday of Jesus, and special Christmas customs. Create a birthday event with party hats, decorations, food and entertainment.

The Topic Overview outlines the outcomes and objectives of the whole topic, with more specific detail, including resources lists, provided in the Block Overview.

This Topic is written for Reception. 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: Guru Nanak's Birthday - A Sikh Festival

Children will open the story sack to discover what they are learning about. Read `A Birthday to Celebrate´ and learn about Guru Nanak and why he is special. Jump into a Gurdwara and learn about what happens there.

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02: Wesak - A Buddhist Festival

Children will take part in a meditation activity. They will listen to the story of the Bodhi tree, make mandala art, lanterns and lotus lamps!

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03: Christmas - A Christian Festival

Children will listen to the Christmas Story and talk about the birth of Jesus. They will make their own Nativity scenes, St Nicholas glass biscuits and sing Christmas songs around Santa´s sleigh.

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04: Special birthdays in the community

Host a very special birthday celebration for the oldest person in the community. Showcase past work and prepare for a special birthday party!