It’s a wrap - Lyfta live lesson: Hanukkah in LA

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On December 6th and 7th, we were delighted to have 169 school classes (around 5070 students) join us from all around the country for our final Lyfta live lessons of 2023. Participants gave this session an amazing 9 out of 10 rating overall. This means that in 2023 we welcomed a total of 1339 classes to a Lyfta live lesson which is just over 40,000 students! What a year!
Conway Primary School take part in the Lyfta live lesson

These live lessons had a festive theme, perfect for the end of the school term. Students were transported to the USA to meet a Jewish girl called Mackie as she prepared for and celebrated Hanukkah in LA with her family.

Our in-house teacher, Noel, started the lesson by showing the students the Lyfta globe and asking them to think about what religious traditions or festivals they were familiar with or celebrated at home. The students were quick to mention Eid, Ramadan, Diwali, St Patrick’s Day, Easter, Thanksgiving, Chinese New Year as well as Hanukkah.

360° scenes and soundscapes

Noel then opened the ‘Hanukkah in LA’ storyworld and presented the classes with a 360° scene and soundscape of Mackie’s home in LA. Students could look around this scene and make observations in class about the things they saw and heard. This sparked interesting discussions and questions from the children about what the family were celebrating, what they were eating and singing and how they had decorated their home.

Noel then took the children over to another 360° scene outside a Chinese restaurant where lots of people were waiting, and then finally into the busy, rather cramped kitchen of the restaurant. This promoted lots of questions and observations from the children. “It would be so hot, busy, loud”, “What are they cooking?”, “What is the food like?”, “Is it dangerous?”.

Hanukkah in LA storyworld

Chinese food for Hanukkah

Students watched together the film from the storyworld and learnt about how Jewish people in the USA often eat Chinese food during Hanukkah. The film promoted more questions and discussions and also provided an opportunity for students to discuss and share their own experiences about how they and their families celebrate different religious festivals

“In Africa, we don't decorate the house but we do still open presents on Christmas morning.”

“At Easter, in Greece, we dye eggs red. We go to church and then we return to home and have a special meal of soup with the eggs.”

“We fast for Ramadan for 30 days and then we are rewarded with Eid afterwards.”

“Giving to the homeless is a tradition we do at Christmas time”

comments from Children attending the live lesson
Posts from schools participating in the Lyfta live lessons

As usual, students joined this lesson from all around the country, from Staffordshire, Essex, Bristol, Rotherham, Leicestershire and Cornwall to name just a few.

Feedback for the lessons was extremely positive and children seemed to love this festive-themed lesson which allowed them to reflect on their own family celebrations.

“The class really enjoyed hearing from other children of their own age about their religions and traditions. They also enjoyed getting to see inside places they would not normally have access to (eg. the restaurant kitchen).”

“We loved hearing about other people's traditions!”

“We had some really interesting discussions about different religious holidays”

feedback from the teachers attending the live lesson
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If you are already subscribed to Lyfta you can explore the Hanukkah in LA storyworld and watch the film here. 

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Since we started our live lessons, we have delivered sessions to over 2059 classes in total (over 61,000 student sessions)!

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Our live lessons provide a great opportunity to experience some of the content with your students with no preparation required.

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