Celebrations and Special Times is an invaluable resource that highlights key annual celebrations and festivals for Christians, Jews, Muslims, Sikhs and Hindus through amazing images, film clips and interactive activities and games. All the resources come with questions, activities and a range of interactive tools to allow pupils to investigate and explore what they see. Content is designed to fit locally agreed syllabi and curriculum requirements.
Unit 1: Introduction
How do we share celebrations and special times with each other?
How do celebrations and special times make us feel?
Happy New Year!
What do people do when they celebrate special times?
Unit 2: Hinduism
How do Hindus celebrate Diwali?
Writing focus: Diwali celebrations
The festival of Janmashtami
Unit 3: Judaism
Rosh Hashanah: the Jewish New Year
The story of Hanukkah
Why do Jews light candles at Hanukkah?
A story for Purim
What story do Jews remember at Passover?
Writing focus: newspaper report on the plagues of Egypt
What makes Passover special?
The Passover meal
The festival of Sukkot
Unit 4: Christianity
The story of Christmas
Christmas is a time for giving
A Christingle service
Lent and the temptations of Egypt
The Last Supper
The Story of Easter
Holy Week quiz
Writing focus: Good Friday and Holy Saturday
Caring for others at Harvest Festival
Unit 5: Islam
Why do Muslims fast during the month of Ramadan?
Why is Ramadan a special time?
How does Ramadan change the pattern of the day for Muslims?
Writing focus: Fasting during Ramadan
How do Muslims break their fast?
Worship during Ramadan
Id ul Fitr
How do Muslims remember the poor at the festival?
Celebrating with family and friends
Ramadan and Id quiz
Unit 6: Sikhism
Guru Nanak's birthday
Who was Guru Nanak?
The Mool mantra
The story of guru Nanak and the rich man
How do Sikhs put Guru Nanak's teachings into practice?
Celebrating Baisakhi together
How do people celebrate Baisakhi?
What story is remembered at Baisakhi?
Writing focus: The Baisakhi festival
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