Hannukah (key Stage 1)
Discuss with students the difference between ordinary holidays and religious festivals. Build up a chart or timeline to show holidays and festivals throughout the year. When do students go on holiday? How do they celebrate well known festivals?
Use a hanukiah to introduce the story of Hanukkah. Tell the story in two halves, asking students to predict the outcome. Explain the difference between a menorah and a hanukiah. Ask students what difference a candle flame makes in a dark room. How do they feel in the dark? In the light? What do they think the burning oil lamp in the temple represents?
Explain that we often celebrate festivals with special food or games. Make links with work in design and technology with children making latkes and eating them together, making and playing with dreidels or making Hanukkah cards or decorations.