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Hornsea Nursery School

“Where children come first and everything we do must reflect this single goal.”

Did you know you have a choice of provision? You can choose from a traditional nursery or an Outdoor Nursery.
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“Where children come first and everything we do must reflect this single goal.”

Cultural & Beliefs Plan

Culture and Beliefs – Plan

 

Term

Culture

Religion / Beliefs

Autumn 1

Harvest

Diwali – Hindu & Sikh

Autumn 2

 

Christianity – Christmas

Hanukkah - Jewish

Spring 1

Chinese New Year

Buddhist

Spring 2

 

Christianity – Easter

Hindu - Holi

Summer 1

St George Day

Ramadan – Islam, Muslim

Summer 2

 

Eid ul-Fitr – Islam, Muslim

Rasha Bandan - Hindu

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In England, schools are also expected to promote ‘Fundamental British Values’ as part of their provision for SMSC. These values include “democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, and mutual respect for and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs and those without faith” (Ofsted 2017:40).

 

The official guidance on Fundamental British Values (Department for Education 2014b) states that pupils should develop “an understanding that the freedom to choose and hold other faiths and beliefs is protected in law” (p.6), as well as “an acceptance that other people having different faiths or beliefs to oneself (or having none) should be accepted and tolerated, and should not be the cause of prejudicial or discriminatory behaviour” (p.6).

 

We celebrate different festivals and cultures in Nursery, ranging from our Christian festivals such as Christmas and Easter, Saints day such as St. George, Chinese New Year, the Hindu and Sikh festival of Diwali and the Jewish Festival of Hanukkah.

 

There are many benefits of exploring the world’s festivals and celebrations with young children…

 

The beliefs and values of the world’s religions and cultures are expressed in many ways, including through festivals and celebrations. Whether they relate to rites of passage, the seasons, living things or revered objects, they play a highly significant role in the lives of many children worldwide, as part of their developing life in the family, community and wider society, nurturing their sense of identity, values and beliefs.

 

The EYFS values the role that festivals and celebrations play in supporting children’s learning and development in every area of learning, and through them parents and practitioners can support children in beginning to understand the commonalities of human values that are shared by all cultures and religions. The EYFS encourages families and providers to help children understand one another’s cultures and beliefs in a world that’s diverse and vibrant.

 

Another valuable lesson in this context is that of voluntary service and charitable giving – people thinking about others outside of their family circle who might need practical or financial help. This could include visiting elderly people and also giving them harvest foods, giving poor people Zakat-ul-Fitr (money) at Eid-ul-Fitr, and helping Children in Need .

Many festivals are perfectly attuned to children’s sense of wonder at the natural world, and their need to sometimes be tranquil. Many stories told at festival time emphasise a reverence for nature, for example, the story of the early life of the Buddha at Wesak. Such stories are ideal for giving children opportunities to be “curious, enthusiastic, engaged and tranquil, so developing a sense of inner-self and peace” (EYFS, Personal, Social and Emotional Development: Sense of Community).

An imaginative approach to helping children experience festivals and celebrations can support their learning in many areas. By explaining to others how they celebrate a festival or take part in a celebration, a child’s self-confidence and self-esteem is developed, and children’s awareness of, and respect for, others’ beliefs is nurtured. Listening to stories at festival time can help children develop a sense of right and wrong, as they re-tell and re-enact the stories. A sense of the passing of time in relation to festival seasons can be developed, and children can use all of their senses when finding out about, and making their own different festival foods, fabrics and artefacts. They can also express their ideas and feelings about festivals and celebrations in a variety of creative ways, including music, dance and role-play. By offering children the opportunity of sharing the joy of others’ festivals and celebrations we can give them a gateway into a world of mutual understanding and shared human values.

 

Ofsted inspectors consider a number of issues that are relevant to diversity of religion and belief (see Ofsted 2017), including the following:

• Pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development, and within this, the promotion of fundamental British values.

• The role of leaders in promoting equality of opportunity and diversity for both pupils and staff, and the prevention of direct and indirect discrimination and prejudiced behaviour.

• The role of teaching and resources in reflecting and valuing the diversity of pupils’ experiences and their understanding of difference, and the challenging of stereotypes and derogatory language in lessons and around the school.

• The role of pupils in the prevention of all forms of bullying, including online and prejudice-based bullying.

 

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