Festivals & Diversity

This section of the website has been adapted to include information, links and activities related to festivals, cultural celebrations and diversity. These links can help you adapt and develop learning ideas. The bottom of this page has some excellent stories which help teach diversity.

Here is a link to a seasonal calendar showing dates and details of cultural events.

Pancake Day (Shrove Tuesday)

Pancake Day Rap Song, Cbeebies

Pancake Day Story

Pop a little pancake song

Shrove Tuesday teaching and learning resources

Make a pancake toss game – What you need:-Frying pan and some circles cut out of a cereal box. Place one circle in a pan and try tossing the pancake and catching in the frying pan. You could also put a few pancakes in the pan and see how many you can catch,  Count the pancakes together.


Easter themed teaching and learning resources.

Let’s celebrate Easter, videos explaining some key aspects of the festival.

A range of different ideas and free resources here.


Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year begins on the 12th of February 2021. The New Year will be the year of the ox. Learn and celebrate by using these links.

Cbeebies Chinese New Year video

A range of activities relating to the Chinese New Year

Learningbook Chinese New Year Activities

Chinese New Year quiz

The Story Of Nian – why do people wear red, light fireworks and bang drums at Chinese New Year?

Make a Chinese New Year dragon.

More ideas, resources and activities here.



Lots of Christmas themed activities

Can you spot Santa game? The Let’s Go Club

Make a paper star activity

Learn about the Nativity story

What is Christmas?

Find out more about baby reindeer

More crafts, resources and ideas here.



Learn all about the Hindu festival of light

Let’s Celebrate Diwali – preparing for Diwali, celebrating Diwali and the Diwali story.

My special day – Diwali

A range of Diwali themed activities here.

Diwali and new beginnings

Diwali – make a fireworks picture.

More learning opportunities, fun and resources here for free.



Several useful teaching and learning ideas and resources for Holi.

Let’s celebrate Holi. Videos and resources explaining the festival and celebrations.

More resources and activities ideas here.


Celebrate Black Culture & History

Princess K’s Black History Heroes

Let’s Talk About Black History – more about how to discuss culture and history with young children.

Family heritage and the importance of being kind.

Black History month across the BBC, with focus on resources for very young children.

More resources and ideas here.



Information, ideas and resources about Kwanzaa here.


Rosh Hashana / Yom Kippur

Several learning and teaching resources about Yom Kippur.



Learn all about Hanukkah with this video from the BBC.

What is Hannukkah?

A range of Hannukkah themed activities here.

Some more Hannukah resources.



Learn more about Eid with this video from Cbeebies.

Several Eid teaching and learning resources.

What is Eid – song.

Ramadan and Eid

More resources and free activities linked to Eid




In April the Sikh festival of Vaisakhi is celebrated, how much do you know about it?

What is Sihkism?

Further resources here.



Make an animal mask to celebrate Wesak, the important Buddhist festival.

All about Wesak and how it is celebrated.

More Wesak resources here.


LGBTQ+ and Family Diversity

And tango makes three video. A story about two penguins who want a baby. 

Me, mummy and mum. A story about a girl and her two mums. 

The girl with two Dads. Meet Pearl – and meet her two Dads too! 

Love makes a family. A story about all different kinds of families. 

Picnic in the Park. Lots of diverse families go for a picnic in the park. 


St. Andrew’s Day

Make a thistle to celebrate St. Andrew’s Day

St. Andrew’s day photocards and topical words.

Crafts and puzzle resources here.


Burns Night

The Story Of Robert Burns

Burns for Weans downloadable activities

Burns virtual classroom

Make a face!

Welcome tae yer wee hoose!

Scots In Schools rhymes, stories and activities.

Books For Bairns

What do you know about Burns night?

More free resources and activities here.



Several cross curricular learning ideas and activities.

A wide range of ideas, resources and activities here.


Excellent stories which help teach diversity

It’s OK to be different by Todd Parr

Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes by Helen Oxenbury

Julian Is A Mermaid by Jessica Love

Baby Goes To Market by Atinuke and Angela Brooksbank

The Skin You Live In by Michael Tyler