Throughout the month of Ramadan we had been thinking about the Islamic celebration of Eid and why Muslims celebrate Ramadan. We had a Ramadan Advent calendar and used it to count down. We learnt that we had to wait for the new moon.
While we were opening our calendar it started a discussion about Ramadan and Eid. Some of our friends in Onyx class are Muslims and celebrate at their houses. They shared what they knew with us all. Everyone was interested to know what happened.
Zane’s mum, Sara, came to speak to us. She also works at our school so lots of us know her. She told us about some of the decorations of their house and what they eat to break their fast every morning. Did you know during Ramadan grown up Muslims are not allowed to eat when the sun is up? it is called a fast. This is help them think about people who do not have lots of the things they need, like lots of food.
Sara sent us an email to show us some picture of these things.
We wrote a reply to Sara using our class email account.
Once we arrived back at school after the Spring Bank break we knew some children in our class would need a day off school. This is because Eid was finally here. We decided we would like to have a celebration all together so we planned for a party with the rest of Foundation Stage and Key Stage One.
We decided to bake biscuits for our party. We made them in the shapes of stars and made sure we made enough to share with all our friends.
Zane’s big brother came to show us the special prayer mat and how it is used for praying. We were all very interested to find out what happened.
And then it was the day of our celebration. We started the day with a workshop for our parents and carers. It was wonderful to see so many of our families stay and make Ramadan and Eid crafts with us.
In the afternoon we all gathered in the main hall together. We were allowed to bring our party clothes to get changed into. Everyone had a wonderful time dancing to traditional music and enjoying the special foods.
Everyone LOVED our special Eid celebrations 🙂
What have we been learning?
- That different religions have different celebrations.
- About some of the special things that Muslims do at Ramadan and Eid.
- About how we are the same and different as our friends.
How can can you continue the learning at home?
- Talk to your child about the different things that your family celebrate.
- Talk about how we are the same and different to each other.
- Look on the CBeebies programme Lets Celebrate and find out more. Click here to watch the videos.
- Go to the Library and find some books about Islam, Ramadan and Eid.