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Block C - Carnivals and Parades

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!

Meet Nian monster, always chased away from Chinese New Year, will he ever find a festival or parade where he belongs? Take Nian on a colourful journey to Mardi Gras, help him discover the Japanese Lantern Festival and march to the beat of the New York Thanksgiving Parade. Sing, create special art and a marching dance with thanksgiving hats.


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: Chinese New Year

Listen to the story of Nian, a monster-like creature who lived up inthe mountains. Is there such a monster hanging around school? Children collect red items and instruments. What happens when Nian appears? Can children chase the monster away?

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02: Mardi Gras

Why is Nian sad? Can children help Nian by finding out about festivals & parades and letting him join in the fun? Children will help Nian learn about Mardi Gras; learn about the floats, costumes, music and make preparations for a mini class parade.

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03: Japanese Full Moon Festival

Children will welcome Nian back to class to learn about the Japanese harvest festival by learning a special harvest song, making traditional bread and creating beautiful charcoal drawings.

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04: New York Thanksgiving Parade

Children will look through magic binoculars to find out about Thanksgiving Parade. They will create their own marching dance and discover which festival or parade Nian enjoyed the most. Time to celebrate all the learning throughout this block with a final spectacular parade!