The Festival of Eid Ui Fitr
In Nursery we started the day by learning about the religious holiday celebrated by Muslims we talked about the Mendi pattern that the women and girls decorate their hands with. We decided to design our own Mendi patterns. We also used paint and glitter to decorate a star and crescent mobile.
In Reception we decorated hands with henna patterns and made a star and moon mobile to celebrate Eid.
In year 1 we have been learning about Eid-al-Fitr. It is a Muslim festival to celebrate the end of Ramadan. Muslims celebrate by putting on new clothes and going to the Mosque for morning prayer. They visit friends and family and children receive gifts of money, clothes and toys. In our class we have been working with an artist to make large pieces of art for a display. We wrote about what we have learned about Ramadan and Eid. We have also made Eid cards and designed head scarves and Mendi patterns.
In year 2 we wrote about what Eid means to Muslims. We also made some coconut sweets. We found out that Muslims fast for 17 hours a day during Ramadan.
In year 3 we spent the day looking at the importance of Eid. We spent some time researching why people all around the world celebrate this festival. We found out about Ramadan, which comes just before Eid, and the children then wrote their own chronological reports about what they had learnt. We discussed fasting, and how it would make the children feel. They all then wrote a letter to a friend about this. To finish our day, the children created their own prayer mats, and drew images of the things that they believe are important on them.
Year 4 found out about the festival of Eid which follows the fasting during Ramadan. We then researched the Five Pillars of Islam and wrote about the features of each Pillar. We found out that every Muslim tries to make a journey to Mecca in Saudi Arabia at least once in their lifetime. We also made some Eid biscuits.
On Wednesday 6th July, we found out about Eid. We experienced a Bhangra dance with Adeela, who taught us all about Ramadan and the importance of fasting in Islam. We learnt that Eid is the celebration at the end of Ramadan where Muslim people have a feast. We considered what it might be like to be a young Muslim at an Eid celebration after fasting and described the events and atmosphere.
Year 6 had an amazing experience learning to dance! We learned that people dance to celebrate Eid and rejoice in the end of Ramadan. The dancing was very physical and we were all very red-faced by the end!
The Queen's 90th Birthday
We had lots of fun in Nursery celebrating the Queens 90th Birthday! To start the day we learned about the Queen and The Royal family. We enjoyed being creative and made our own Union Jack flags and Grenadier Guards. At the end of the day we celebrated with a slice of birthday cake.
On our SMSC Day we celebrated The Queen's 90th birthday. We learnt all about her family and her life as she was growing up. We dressed up as royal people, we wrote invitations inviting our families to The Queen's party and we had birthday cake in the afternoon and sang Happy Birthday to The Queen.
In year 1 we have been learning all about Queen Elizabeth II. It was a very special day as it was the queens 90th birthday. We learned that Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II has served for 64 years and is the longest-reigning monarch. This means she has been Queen for the longest amount of time. She is the first queen to become 90 years old. We found out about the Queen’s life and all about her family. We also learned about all the things the Queen does for our country. We drew portraits of the Queen and wrote about what we had learned. We also designed our own crowns and sang the national anthem.
In Year 2 we had lots of fun celebrating the Queen’s birthday. We discussed what the Queen means to us, wrote stories based on the ‘Queen’s hat’ and drew our own portrait of the queen. We had a birthday cake for the Queen and sang the ‘National Anthem.’
During our recent celebration for the Queen’s 90th birthday, we learnt all about why she is important, and why we were celebrating this special day. We all wrote a letter to the queen wishing her a happy birthday. In our letters we asked her lots of different questions about her birthday, inlcuding if she was having a party, and who was invited. We then designed a new crown for the Queen to wear, or desgined a new palace for her to live in. To finish the day we all designed a new coat of arms, and had a party with cake to celebrate the special day.
Year 4 dressed up as kings and queens and found out some information about Queen Elizabeth II. We made booklets about her which we illustrated. We discovered that she had three sons and a daughter and that she is the first British Monarch to reach the age of 90. We also designed our own crowns and enjoyed eating some birthday cake!
In Year 5, we started off by finding out about the Queen. We then looked at some examples of Royal invitations and then, using formal language, wrote our own invitation to Her Majesty’s 90th birthday celebration. In the afternoon we used the laptops and researched the Royal Family. We used this information to create a family tree. We also had an artist who came and worked with us. We made bunting, ribbon sticks and all painted part of the giant picture of our Queen.
After discovering lots of exciting detail about the Queen herself, we had an interesting discussion about the merits of having two birthdays and why this happens. We considered the “pros” and “cons” of The Queen’s Birthday Honours List and who should be recognised and for what kinds of things. The delicious birthday cake was an added treat!
A Festival of Light Children in Key Stage Two had the pleasure of working with an artist called Sarah. She helped us to make a huge display for the hall using rangoli patterns. We found out how Diwali is a festival of light. We know that people from India celebrate Diwali. People who are Indian that live in this country celebrate Diwali too. Children in Early Years and Key Stage One had the opportunity to learn some Indian dancing with our specialist dancer ‘Adeela’ who visited the school for the day.
Life in Modern Britain
As a school we spent the day finding out about different cultures within our own locality.We had an extremely exciting day with a visiting artist and dancer working with children in school.In the Early Years and Key Stage One we spent time with Sarah, an artist, creating a huge wall hanging, showing different places within our community and different people within our community.
In Key Stage Two we spent time with Dee, a great dancer who taught us either African, Indian or Polish dancing. We spent time in our classes finding out about the cultures we had learned about in our workshops.