Mutual Respect and Tolerance 

Early Years Foundation Stage providers now have a duty to 'actively promote' the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs. 

At Cherry Trees we help children to acquire a tolerance and appreciation of and respect for their own and other cultures; know about similarities and differences between themselves and others and among families, faiths, communities, cultures and traditions; and share and discuss practices, celebrations and experiences.

Throughout the year we learn about different festivals and traditions that are practiced in Britain. Here are some of the things we have looked at.


We watched a film about celebrating Eid in the UK and looked at the shapes of the crescents and domes on pictures of mosques. 

The Queen's Birthday

We held a party to celebrate the Queen's 90th birthday and made Union Jack flags. 

Mother's Day
We made pictures of our Mums!  We also talked about why are Mums are so special to us and all the things they do for us. 

Dussehra and Diwali

We explored different coloured rices and made sparkly rangoli patterns for these festivals.

We played with pumpkins, made chocolate witches hats and spooky mummy pictures.  There were even spiders and webs in the water tray!

The Hindu festival of Holi is celebrated by throwing powder paint until everyone is covered in paint - we went for the less messy option of sprinkling powder paint onto glue to make pictures. 


Father Christmas delivered presents.

We put on a nativity play for our families to watch and had a Christmas party.

St George's Day
We made St George's flags. 

Valentine's Day
The children told us who was special in their lives and we made cards to give to our loved ones.

We learnt about the Christmas story, made decorations, Christmas cards.

Remembrance Sunday

Although the children are very young to understand Remembrance Sunday, we introduced them to it by making poppies.  

St George's Day
The children made St George's flags. 

Absolutely Incredible Kid Day
We asked parents to let us know why their children were absolutely incredible kids - we listened to what made the children so amazing and learnt we are all fantastic at some things but we are also fantastic at different things. 

Shrove Tuesday
On pancake day we made pancakes .... and then we flipped them!

Chinese New Year
We filled lucky envelopes with chocolate coins, and we watched a film about celebrating Chinese New Year in the UK. 

Playing in our Chinese restaurant - we also tried out noodles and made monkey pictures for Year of the Monkey

Fathers' Day
We talked about what our Daddys do for us, what we like to do with them and why we love them and we made some Father's Day gifts. 

We made Easter cards and looked at things associated with new life at Easter like chickens hatching from eggs. We also made Easter baskets.   
Bonfire Night
The children made firework pictures using sparkly materials and squirty paint. We talked about being safe with sparklers and fireworks.