Lesson 2: Hanukkah music

Children learn some of the dances and instruments from the festival of Hanukkah

Before the lesson

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Learning objectives

  • To learn about music from another culture, particularly when related to the festival of Hanukkah. 
  • To learn the names of some traditional Jewish musical instruments. 
  • To play and move to traditional Jewish Hanukkah music. 

EYFS outcomes

Understanding the world

  • Recognise that people have different beliefs and celebrate special times in different ways.


Expressive arts and design

  • Listen attentively, move to and talk about music, expressing their feelings and responses.
  • Watch and talk about dance and performance art, expressing their feelings and responses.
  • Sing in a group or on their own, increasingly matching the pitch and following the melody. 
  • Explore and engage in music making and dance, performing solo or in groups.
  • ELG: Being imaginative and expressive: Perform songs, rhymes, poems and stories with others, and – when appropriate – try to move in time with music. 


Characteristics of Effective Learning

  • Playing and exploring


Outcomes taken from Development Matters, 2021. 

ELGs taken from the new statutory framework for the EYFS, 2021.


Key vocabulary


Teacher notes

Next steps

To learn about music from another culture, particularly when related to the festival of Kwanzaa. 

Note any specific next steps for individual children.

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