What Can I Celebrate? - Autumn 2In this section...
Following the half holiday, we are really eager to talk about celebrations at home with our families, like Halloween, Diwali and Bonfire night. We speak about celebrations and how people celebrate different things in different ways.
For this topic we learn about different celebrations and the different ways we can celebrate. We learn about similarities and differences between ourselves and other family's celebrations and traditions.
We think about the different festivals and celebrations we have in our own families and communities and some Mummies come into Nursery to tell us all about Diwali.
We learn about the special clothes people wear to celebrate Diwali and listen to the Diwali story.
Some of us have sparklers for Diwali because Diwali is the Festival of Lights and some of us have sparklers for Bonfire Night too. We compare the different festivals and have lots of fun making firework pictures in different ways with different media.
Our friend, Sophie (a puppet), comes to Nursery and tells us about her birthday. She is sad because she wanted to have a party. We think of ways to make her feel better and plan a birthday celebration for her at Nursery instead.
We work together to write a list of all the ways people celebrate birthdays and the things we would need to prepare for Sophie's party. We practice singing 'Happy Birthday' using instruments and plan to come to Nursery in our own special party clothes!
We learn that people often celebrate with special food. We talk about the different party food we like and plan and make a birthday cake for Sophie. It is lots of fun to mix all of the ingredients together and look at the changes which happen to the mixture once it comes out of the oven. We decorate the cakes using our careful fingers to put on circle sprinkles. We also make circle pizzas with circle cheese, tomatoes and olives. It is delicious!
On party day we write birthday cards for Sophie and present her with her cards and cakes. We also give Sophie a birthday present.
We plan the party games to play and enjoy playing musical statues and pass the parcel. We also plan to have a bouncy castle and are so surprised when it arrives. It is so much fun taking turns to bounce with our friends!
At the end of the party we check we have done everything by looking at our planning list. It is such a good day and a wonderful memory of Nursery.
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