Black History Month

Black History Month was a very exciting time for the children at Thornton Heath Nursery School. We held many exciting events to celebrate the rich and diverse cultures of all of our children and their families.

Many of the events were based around the story ‘Handa’s Surprise’. The children heard the story and used the fruits from the story to make their own fresh fruit salads, Jamaican pineapple juice, hummingbird cakes and fresh fruit flans. Other activities included: dancing to music from around the world, making Ethiopian bread, staff sharing their own family history, listening and acting out the story of Rama and Sita to celebrate Diwali and painting self-portraits inspired by one of the parent’s portrait of his own child.

We also had a fantastic response from parents, many gave up their time and came into nursery to lead activities such as, drawing Mehndi patterns on the children’s hands to celebrate Eid, telling traditional stories from around the world, help the children write their names in Arabic, use maps and the big globe to follow a culture treasure hunt and working with the children to cook a Slovakian meal. Other parents cooked wonderful meals for us to share at our closing event – The International Evening. Children enjoyed sharing delicious food from all around the world with their friends, parents and nursery staff. It was a wonderful way to mark the end of our first half term.

More photographs are available in the classroom book corners and in the school reception – please take the time to have a look.