December is not just the month of Christmas, in years gone by there have been many festivals that have been at this time. In fact, Jesus’ birth was most likely not in December, but there were so many festivals at this time that Christians chose this time to celebrate the birth of Jesus.
Pagan’s celebrate the Winter Solstice every year, which is the shortest day of the year. There is normally a big celebration at Stonehenge.
In 2016, Hannukkah starts at dusk on the 24th December and lasts for 8 days. This is a Jewish festival of light. It celebrates the time when Jews won a battle against the greeks. They lit an oil lamp in their temple that only had enough oil to burn for 1 day but the oil lasted 8 days. This is why the festival lasts for 8 days. See the Video below to see how Jewish people celebrate Hannukkah.
There are many similarities between Christmas and Hanukkah as well as some differences.
This week in class we have been looking at the similarities and differences between Christmas and Hanukkah- creating a Venn Diagram to compare the two. Here’s a blank copy of the Venn Diagram if you want a shot at comparing the two festivals.
I am not even a little bit ashamed to admit how excited I am about my Revision Wall. Complete with Fairy Lights.
On it I have some revision posters, model answers and revision guides. I also in a drawer underneath I have marking schemes of past paper questions to help pupils with creating revision mind maps and notes.
I have recently tried to jazz up my wall a bit with a new expectations wall display.
After discussions with pupils about what was expected of Everyone, Pupils and the Teacher. I summarised the classes thoughts into this wall display. I created it using Canva which is my go to site for all posters and images!
Recently two colleagues taught me all about Reciprocal Teaching as a way of encouraging literacy in the classroom.
Each member of a group is given a different role, Predictor, Clarifier, Summariser or Questioner. All group members are given a piece of text to read, with each of them looking at a different role within this, it means that when they go to discuss the piece of text, they all have different ideas and perspectives to bring to it and it structures the activity much better.
Not only does this encourage literacy, it also encourages group work and makes each member accountable.
I have created some worksheets that will aid each member with their role and tasks to structure their reading.
I used an unexpected day off yesterday (Our Fire Alarms were broken) to create some posters for my classroom.
Sharing is caring and all that so have uploaded them below. Would be good to know if they are useful to you. Feedback would be appreciated too. Obviously some of them have our school logo or name on them but can provide blank copies if you wish.
These were all made on Canva, my new favourite website!