It is so important to teach your children about their own and others cultures. One of the areas of learning in the Development Matters document ‘Understanding the World,’ has several objectives that directly link to this. Students:
- Show interest in the lives of people who are familiar to them;
- Remember and talks about significant events in their own experience;
- Recognise and describes special times or events for family or friends;
- Enjoy joining in with family customs and routines.
In the Early Years, we encourage the children to listen to each other’s experiences and we provide opportunities for them to share the things that they do with their families at home. This gives children a love of their own culture and also a respect for their friend’s cultures. If you have any family photos celebrating the Moon Festival at home, do please email or share it on class dojo with your child’s class teachers.
As part of learning about these Vietnamese traditions, this week all the children got the opportunity to make moon cakes. This not only supports the children by teaching them about the local customs but it also develops their physical skills by encouraging them to mix, mold, roll and cut up the ingredients. The children get to recognise the names of the different ingredients used and the equipment needed to make the Moon cakes. Everyone agreed that they find moon cakes very yummy.
On Wednesday, all the children did a dress rehearsal for their performance on Friday. For some of the children, this was their first time on the stage. When Friday arrived the F1 children were encouraged to dance across the stage and show off their lovely outfits. F2 and F3 children all did a special Vietnamese song and dance. Everyone was a bit nervous but they were eager to try their best. We were very proud of all the children for getting on to the stage. The F3 children went on to do their own Dragon Dance around the auditorium before the finale where a Dragon Dance company came in and surprised us with a special show. It was very loud and really exciting! Everyone enjoyed sharing some fruit and Moon cakes at the end. We all wanted to dance and play the dragon music when we got back to our classrooms.
Thank you for joining us for this special performance we always appreciate all your support. If you were unable to come this time, then please try and come to the Christmas performance in December. Don’t forget to login to Class Dojo to see photos of us all dressed up in our ao dai costumes.
Next week is Book Week, with it being centred around Monsters. On Friday 28th September, we will be dressing up for our assembly. Please don’t forget to send your children in with their monster outfit!