Footsteps Aylesbury sows seeds of kindness with Harvest celebrations
Harvest Festival is traditionally a celebration of the food grown on the land. Thanksgiving ceremonies and celebrations for a successful harvest are both worldwide and very ancient. In Britain, we have given thanks for successful harvests since pagan times.
On Monday 23rd September we marked our own Harvest celebrations with lots of food and farm themed activities as well as collecting donations of dry and tinned produce. Our supportive parents were incredible, helping the children to bring in a wide variety of food to donate, allowing us to have some great discussions. The children took the donations to the local foodbank and we spoke about always doing what we can to help others – not just at Harvest time. We hope to make at least two donations during September
Footsteps Aylesbury celebrates all that our earth has to offer everyday – through our outdoor learning, exploration of our amazing outside space, learning about animals that live in the earth and help our plants grow, exploring different foods and even growing our own in our allotment.
Natasha Hamer, Nursery Manager, explained: “Each year we spend a lot of time celebrating Harvest Festival. As Autumn gets underway, the children have been enjoying creating artwork for autumnal displays and there has been a lots of l singing of ‘Dingle Dangle Scarecrow” and “Old Macdonald Had a Farm”. It is a real tradition here and the children love it. It is great for them to learn about our customs and their origins and how they impact on their and other lives in the present day. I am always so proud of the children and how they love to give thanks for all they have and share that with others less fortunate than themselves.”