Well what a week of Coronation fun that has been. At Rachel Keeling we know children learn best in first hand and meaningful ways. We decided to wait until after the Coronation to have a celebration because we hoped children might have seen or heard more talk and coverage of an abstract concept and so understand it more. It happens that there is a Coronation in the film Frozen though, so I had underestimated the children!!!!
Children helped plan the parties:
Some children helped to write invitations, some used their knowledge of phonics to write messages to friends who were not able to come.
Some children wrote shopping lists, collected and counted money and went to the local shops to buy provisions.
Many children across the week followed recipes, listened to instructions, read the visual recipe cards, developed skills using one handed tools and worked collaboratively to make some delicious party food.
Cooking is part of our regular provision so children have a good awareness of the processes involved and hygiene. Children helped to create banana pancakes, a tray bake, which was decorated with butter cream and fresh fruit in the design of the Union Jack flag. Biscuits were iced and vegan cupcakes decorated.
During small group time and at story, children shared lots of talk with adults and began to understand that the King is called King Charles. The King lives in London like us. He lives in a palace called Buckingham Palace.
On Friday children came to school wearing red, white and blue clothes. There was some optional face paint and a choice of designs. Whilst children and staff enjoyed the beautiful food, the National Anthem was played and children enjoyed a bit of Kool & The Gang's Celebrate!
Can you spot some special visitors who came to the school too?
Do you celebrate different festivals and events in your family? Get your child to help plan and prepare with you!
Also, children love flags, can you see whether you can find the flags for the countries of the world your family are from with your child? Try this link.