‘Instantly fascinating! ..A must have for early years – but be warned, year 1 and 2 teachers will have their beady eyes on it too!’
Pam Turnbull, Primary Choice Magazine.
‘These are the best resources I have ever bought!’
Rosemary Atkins, Hertingfordbury Cowper Primary School, Herts
‘Truly inspirational, because the films are shot through the eyes of children’.
Kat Lamb, Marcham C of E Primary School, Oxfordshire
‘Superb..What makes the films so powerful is the role given to children. We see festivals through their eyes and you get a real sense of being part of their world and wanting to join in. These resources have been richly praised and it is easy to see why. They celebrate and communicate diversity perfectly and engender an excitement and appreciation in young learners for the lifestyles and traditions of others. The films have been very well thought out and expertly made…. They are informative, full of life and contain some delightful moments and experiences for children to share in. ..…After watching one of the Festivals collections you feel on a bit of a high. You want to use it because you know it will make a difference…Excellent’.
John Dabell (Educational consultant + teacher trainer) Times Educational Supplement Review.
‘Although the programmes are aimed at very young children, there is a real spiritual dimension….highly recommended.’
Dinah Starkey, Times Educational Supplement
‘The Festival films are excellent ....a marvellous achievement.’
‘Fantastic. Vivid. Engaging. Starts from where the child is. It offers tutors and students an exciting insight into celebrations, cultures and customs. A very useful starting point for sharing values and assumptions that will help promote tolerance and understanding’.
Madeleine Massey, CoVE Co-ordinator, Early Years and Play work, Stockton Riverside College.
‘We were delighted to finally find an excellent resource that would help us engage young children in talking about religious festivals…These DVDs help our children to relate to the material because they feature children just like them! The story posters enable them to extend this to literacy work, either through speaking and listening, or, for older children, for reading work and as a further stimulus for writing.’
Mrs E Clover, Headteacher, Park Rd Primary School, Sale
‘Wonderful DVDs! They have made a vast difference to the children’s understanding of festivals, because they really bring to life the pictures and information in books. The school ideas in the films have led to some lovely work!’
Bernadette Downes, St John Fisher School, Hackenthorpe
‘Middleton School is a primary school for children with moderate learning difficulties. We have found the two Festivals DVDs extremely worthwhile. They are embedded in our planning and very cost effective. It has made it so much easier for staff to explain the festivals such as Eid in a way which can be meaningful for more of our children. The festivals presentations are a refreshingly new style of programming which have had a positive impact on our children’s learning
Sue Middleton, Head of Lower School, Middleton School, Ware
‘The children naturally identify with the films’ everyday family life, and the associated excitement….Not only have we, children and our staff learnt a great deal about a variety of festivals, but we value being able to share them with parents as well’.
Kath Beswick, headteacher, Hadfield Nursery School, Glossop
‘This is what I’ve been looking for! It’s great – child-friendly, easy to watch, gives lots of ideas for following up….Gave children a real insight into other celebrations – one I will constantly use! ‘
Practical Pre-school Award panel 2005
‘Delightful… just long enough to hold children’s attention. It provides both information and raises questions for discussion. The contribution of outside coverage and children’s experiences in the home and in the classroom is a good idea and works really well. ..Overall, this is a valuable resource for all those working with young children as well as being a good training resource’.
Lesley Abbott, Professor of Early Childhood Education
‘This is an excellent DVD, and represents one of the first serious attempts to capture the story of a British Muslim child experiencing the important religious festival of Eid. Accurate and sensitive, it will I believe help to foster understanding and respect amongst our children. I commend the producers of this publication.Well done!'
Professor Aziz Sheikh, Muslim Council of Britain
‘The Hindu Forum of Britain are happy to endorse the ‘Festivals’ video, which we see as a valuable resource for diversity education. The delightful simplicity, the colourful images, the informative narration and the creative content will appeal to children growing up in our multi-cultural multi-faith country. Projects like these will increase respect and understanding between young minds from various faith communities by promoting the sharing of positive messages and increasing awareness of common values.’
Ramesh Kallidai, Secretary General Hindu Forum of Britain