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Why am I Special? - Autumn 2

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During our Topic 'Where Does Our Food Come From?' some Reception children celebrated Diwali. Mrs McGinley, Mrs Covey and Miss Flahey all had a birthday too. There were lots of celebrations. We spoke about celebrations and how people celebrate differently. The teachers introduced the topic 'Why am I special?'

For this topic we (the children) are learning to; talk positively about ourselves, to show sensitivity to others' needs and feelings and to know about similarities and differences between themselves and others, and among families, communities and traditions.

We learnt that we are special because our families are different and we like to spend time in different ways as a family. The teachers told us that we are all unique. We talked about the things we like to do at half-term. We all did different things. 

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We talked about events that we can celebrate as a family. We learnt about birthday celebrations. We know that we celebrate by sending cards, giving presents, wearing our best clothes to parties, and eating special food. We have birthday cakes, with candles on and we hang decorations like banners and balloons. 

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We made a party house in our role-play areas. We made cards and wrote invitations so that people could come to our parties. We planned menus and made food ready for the party. We played party games like musical statues and pass the parcel. We had so much fun finding out about celebrations.  

We learnt that people celebrate in different ways. Some of our Reception children celebrated Diwali. We compared ways that we celebrate occasions like birthdays with ways that Hindus and Sikhs celebrate Diwali. For example, Tithee told us that for Diwali she celebrated wearing a beautiful, red dress that she was very proud of. Sienna wears her party clothes when she went to her friends birthday party, she wore her best dress too. Anya had sparklers for Diwali because Diwali is the Festival of Lights. Lots of children had sparklers for Bonfire Night.

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We learnt about similarities and differences between us and our friends. We looked at our hair, eye, and skin colour and talked about how we are all special because we are unique. We used mirrors to look carefully to make self-portraits. 

We can talk positively about ourselves by talking about what we are good at, what we like and dislike. We know that even though we like different things we can still be friends because it's good to be different.

We learnt to talk about our feelings and how we show our feelings to others. We are learning to recognise how our friends are feeling too. We can help them if they are feeling sad, ask what's wrong if they are feeling cross or ask them to play if they are feeling lonely. As we are all unique we have different feelings at different times. 

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We talked about watching the fireworks for Bonfire Night. We noticed that we felt different emotions. For example, Kai was excited by the fireworks but Emelia didn't like the loud bangs and felt scared. That's OK because we are all different.

Now we can talk positively about ourselves,  show sensitivity to others' needs and feelings and  know about similarities and differences between ourselves and others, and amongst families, communities and traditions.

We can talk about how we are all unique and describe ourselves positively.