Easter has crept up on us this busy Spring Term with so many events in Nursery. The children have been immersed in the Easter story this week and thinking about how some people choose to celebrate Easter. Children explored artefacts, religious icons, went shopping for Spring flowers and hot cross buns. Groups of children baked Easter cakes to take home and share and our annual Easter Egg Hunt involved the whole family.
The children's understanding of the Easter story was captured through an overheard conversation between two children and detailed below in their exact overheard words.
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J: "I don't live in heaven, I live in New York"
R: "I'm still alive even though I died"
J: "I'm not an angel, I'm a liberty statue"
R: "I miss my baby Jesus in heaven"
J: "When it was Christmas Jesus was a baby, but when he died he was a man"
R: He died on the cross, it was a dangerous place"
J: He was naked and some people weared scarves".
Our annual Rachel Keeling International Evening coincided with World Book Day this year. We invited all our learning community to come together to celebrate what we have in common - a love for learning and the rich diversity within Bethnal Green. Families donated delicious food from around the world, some children came dressed in national dress and we were joined by some Bollywood dancers and a group of Somali parents danced and sang with us. It is such a pleasure to be able to enjoy time out of our busy lives to be together and celebrate.
“Everyone went to a lot of effort to make this event fun and memorable” Multazim and his Mum. “Yummy food. Great Dancing. Had SO much fun – thank you!” Harrison and his Mum.
At Rachel Keeling we support our all children to develop a joy for reading and using books for pleasure, information and to develop their skills as researchers. World Book Day is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the wide range of books we love and share them with each other. Previously we have dressed up as our favourite characters from stories but this year we decided to bring our favourite book to school – from Japanese Fairy Tales to Dinosaur Dictionaries this proved very successful and the nursery was full of families sharing books and there was some wonderful cooking linked to stories as well. Children were telling their own stories and making books independently, developing their sense of being readers, writers and illustrators.