Last Updated: Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Explore special celebrations – early level

What is this?

This learning activity will encourage children to creatively share and celebrate their diverse culture. This will support them to develop further the image of the whole child and their community.

This learning activity is intended to support teachers and practitioners to plan learning experiences for children/young people in their usual setting or while they are learning at home. As well as taking account of national and local guidance relating to Covid-19, the activity should be used or adapted accordingly to consider the range of learners and their prior knowledge and individual circumstances in relation to this learning experience.

Curriculum for Excellence (CfE) experiences and outcomes: Early level

Religious and moral education

  • I am becoming aware of the importance of celebrations, festivals and customs in Christian people’s lives. RME 0-03a
  • As I explore stories, images, music and poems, I am becoming familiar with the beliefs of the world religions I am learning about. RME 0-04a
  • I am becoming aware of the importance of celebrations, festivals and customs in religious people’s lives. RME 0-06a
  • I am developing respect for others and my understanding of their beliefs and values. RME 0-07a

Literacy and English

  • I listen or watch for useful or interesting information and I use this to make choices or learn new things. LIT 0-04a

Expressive Arts

  • Inspired by a range of stimuli, I can express and communicate my ideas, thoughts and feelings through activities within art and design. EXA 0-05a
  • Inspired by a range of stimuli, I can express and communicate my ideas, thoughts and feelings through drama. EXA 0-13a

Purpose of the activity

The purpose of this activity is to develop children’s sense of identity, values and beliefs as well as encouraging respect for other peoples’ traditions and celebrations.

Learning activity

  • The Let's Celebrate content on CBeebies could be used to help engage children to learn more about celebrations from around the world
  • Ask children to identify any similarities between the different festivals and celebrations. For example, the creation of special food, decorations, attendance at places of worship, exchanging gifts. Talk to children about how the sharing of gifts and food amongst families of all religions (and none) is about making others happy. How do children feel when they give or receive a present?  Encourage children to talk about their own experiences or observations they have made after watching some of the short films.
  • Children could draw, talk or act out chosen celebrations. This could include how they celebrate achievements, birthdays and other events or times when we are thankful for something. For example, birds in a garden or park, or pets at home that reinforce children’s appreciation of the natural world.

Extension activity

  • You could ask children to create a quiz for someone they know? This could be about a favourite personal celebration or about a celebration they have enjoyed learning about whilst watching the film clips. You may want to use the clips on Let's Celebrate again.
  • Children can share their quizzes and be a ‘quiz master’ at a time they choose.

National Benchmarks

Religious and Moral Education

  • Shares thoughts, asks and answers questions to show and support understanding about stories, images, music and poems from Christianity and at least one world religion.
  • Identifies and discusses at least two aspects of a religion.
  • Relates information and ideas about at least two beliefs to personal experiences.

Expressive Arts

  • Shares views and listens appropriately to the views of others on their own or others’ work.
  • Communicates ideas and feelings using aspects of voice, such as volume, expression and clarity.
  • Communicates ideas and feelings using facial expressions. For example, to show happy, sad, surprised, angry, scared.
  • Communicates ideas and feelings using movement, for example through body language, gestures, actions and posture.

Literacy and English

  • Understands and responds to spoken texts.
  • Identifies new or interesting information from spoken texts.

Possible approach to assessing learning

The following reflective questions could be used to ascertain children’s progress and next steps:

  • How effectively do children share their thoughts, ask and answers questions about Christianity and at least one other world religion?
  • How well do children identify and discuss at least two aspects of a religion and relate information and ideas to personal experiences?
  • How well do children express and communicate their ideas, thoughts and feelings through activities within art and design and drama?
  • How well do children understand and respond to spoken texts?

When planning your approach to assessing learning, please take account of the latest guidance on assessment approaches.