Rational: This project focuses on celebrations from around the world and will include Birthdays, Diwali, Hanukkah, Eid and Christmas. It will provide the children with a chance to share their family's celebrations and traditions. The children will be immersed in stories, music, traditions and food from each celebration. As a special focus they will explore the theme of light that runs throughout each celebration. We will use what we find out to plan our very own, ‘Light Festival’.
Hook: Austin receives a birthday card and tells his class that he turned 5 in the half term holidays. Reception ask him what he did to celebrate but Austin looks puzzled as he didn't do anything. Poor Austin now feels sad. The children will help to teach Austin about birthday celebrations by planning a surprise birthday party for him!