Hanukkah (also known as Chanukah) is the Jewish Festival of Lights. The word Hanukkah means rededication. Every year, the celebration honours the hard-fought victory of those trying to keep their faith despite a powerful enemy. It is an eight-day holiday that will be celebrated this year starting the evening on Thursday 2nd December. It will end on the evening on Friday 18th December.
Nursery and Reception learnt all abut the Menorah. To help us with this, we listened to a story all about a King (Antiochus) who made the wrong choices. In the end of the story, the children learnt the significance of the Menorah and why the candle holder held 9 candles.
The children had a go at creating their own Menorah’s by following instructions carefully.
“I made the candle with the 8 candles on it”
“My Menorah has lots of candles and they are all lit up!”
“This is my candle and it has 4 candles on this side and 4 candles on this side and a bigger candle in the middle to light the other candles”
“I was trying to use my sounds to help me write the word… so I deserve a green face because I done myself”
“I listened to the story all about what happened a long long time ago…. and you know the king was very mean and some people decided to stand up to make the right choice and they went inside the temple and were cleaning it all up and then they found the Menorah and they found a little bit of oil and they used it to light the candles and then magic happened!…. it stayed on for 8 days and 8 nights… that’s amazing!”
Nursery and Reception had a great time learning all about this very important time of year for Jewish people all over the world. We look forward to learning even more about this festival in the coming weeks.