In the UK, thanks have been given for successful harvests for a very long time. The celebrations on this day usually include singing songs, praying and decorating churches with baskets of fruit and food. This festival is known as Harvest Festival or Harvest Home, Harvest Thanksgiving or Thanksgiving.
In British Churches, chapels and schools people bring in food from the garden, the allotment or farm. The food is often distributed among the poor and senior citizens of the local community, or used to raise funds for the church, or charity.
The Nursery had a go at listening to several stories depicting the Harvest festival. They learnt what farmers did and how crops were grown throughout the year in order to harvest food.
The children also learnt about animals that loved coming out during the autumn. They watched a short clip all about hedgehogs, where they live and what they eat. The children then had a go at creating their own hedgehog using forks, paint and paper. They had lots of fun!
During their math’s lesson, the children went out into the front and back garden to find different types of leaves. After collecting them, they worked together as a team to develop their 1-1 correspondence of number i.e. match the correct number of leaves to the number tile.
During their Art and craft lesson, the children learnt all about observational drawings. They watched the teachers draw pieces of fruit and vegetables, then had a go themselves.
As a school in the past we have collected long life produce, had a special Harvest assembly and donated all the donations to a charity.
This year, our school has opted to make donations online via our Virgin money page at: