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A new half-term and a new big idea to explore...

We will be looking at different celebrations and what the children celebrate with their families at home. We will be using celebrations to transport us into the lives of people and communities around the world, discussing and sharing experiences of different celebrations including: Halloween, Bonfire Night, Birthdays, Diwali, Hanukkah, Weddings, Christmas - and more! We will be revisiting the things that make us unique and will do this through the ways in which people celebrate special events in different ways.

In the lead up to Christmas, we will look at the traditions of Christmas and the Christmas nativity. We will learn about the celebration and even work in our elves’ workshop, helping to wrap presents and make Christmas decorations to put up around the classroom!

To help bring our topic to life and make it more relevant to the children, please share photos of themselves/family at a celebration which is special to them. These can be uploaded to tapestry or physical photos. We will print these off/photocopy them to share and discuss with the children alongside making a display in the classroom. Please make sure these are sent to us by Friday 10th November.  Thank you for your continued support, it really is appreciated! 😊 

Supporting your child at home

  • Share our 'Big Ideas' resource - discussing the key questions and vocabulary (see attached PDF for clearer version, we will send home a physical copy next week too).
  • Talk about what you celebrate as a family together and how you prepare for these celebrations/traditions you might have.
  • Visit the local library and see if there are any storybooks or non-fiction information books about celebrations.
  • Check out our regular blog posts to find out what we are learning in school/what stories we are sharing/ideas you could try at home.