Year 1 learnt about the celebration of Harvest and why this is special for people around the world. They read the story of the Creation as told in The Bible, and learnt that Christians celebrate all the things that God made when he created the world, and are thankful for what they have received. They also explored some fruit and vegetables to see what they felt like and smelt like, and learned about where our food comes from.
Year 2 also learnt about Harvest festival, and about the biblical The Creation story. They found out that this is a story that is special to both Jews and Christians and their Harvest celebrations are about thanking God for the good things he has given. They retold the story, and made their own version of it.
Reception had a great Harvest activity morning with lots of different activities related to our food and the season of Autumn.
As part of their work about Celebrations Reception have been learning about the celebration of Diwali; the Hindu Festival of Light. They have experienced some cultural aspects of Hinduism, for example they designed their own Mehndis, lanterns, rangoli patterns and Diva lamps. They also had a dance workshop with Miss Helen who taught them some dance moves and told them the story of Diwali. The children learnt all about Rama and Sita, Ravana the ten headed demon and Hanuman the Monkey King! Everyone enjoyed trying on and dancing in some traditional clothes. In class the children have looked at Diwali information books, read stories and watched videos.
During the second half of the term the whole school celebrated Christmas and learnt about the Christian concept of Incarnation – God coming to earth through the birth of Jesus, as told in the Nativity story in The Bible.
The Reception classes talked about Christmas and how and why it is celebrated by so many people around the world. The children watched a short clip about a family preparing for Christmas and compared it to some of the things they do in their own family homes. They read the Nativity story and were also given opportunities to retell the Christmas story through play.
Reception classes then watched a video of an artist creating the Nativity story through sand art. The artist used his hands to shape the sand on a light box into the characters from the story. Children then tried this for themselves and created angels and stars using sand.
Year 1 discussed how people around the world celebrate Christmas. They talked about why this celebration matters to Christians and why Jesus is so important to Christians. They were given the opportunity to retell the Nativity story in different ways and took part in various Christmas crafts linked to the Christmas celebration and accompanying tradition of decorating homes. Children also had a go at making traditional mince pies!
Year 2 learnt about Advent and about the symbolism of the Orange celebrated in the Christingle service. Children were able to explain that for Christians the orange represents the world, the candle is the light of Jesus, the red ribbon is the blood of Jesus, and the sweets are God’s gifts to the world. Year 2 also read different versions of the Nativity story and used their knowledge to compare each version. They also learnt about the Christian concept that Jesus’ birth shows the Incarnation of God in our world. Classes made their own Stop-Motion animated versions of the Nativity story using puppets.
In Christmas Club children made a Christmas Wreath which was displayed at the Baptist Church in Dereham as part of the Christmas Wreath Festival. Our wreath represented the federation well and demonstrated the team effort of all involved.