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New Year’s Eve – Goals and Resolutions

December 28th 2021| Michael Mountford
December 28th 2021 |

New Year’s Eve – Goals and Resolutions

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!

New Year’s Resolutions, a tradition that spans back all the way to the Babylonians where, during a 12day festival called Akitu, they made promises to their gods and repaid any debts that were still owed.

Today, however, New Year’s follows a somewhat different approach than its predecessors.

Resolutions are promises or goals that we align towards ourselves for some form of personal betterment; whether it be going to the gym more, reading more, connecting with someone. The list is literally infinite! and each and every person will have their own personal goals.

Fun Lesson Ideas

New Years’ is something that should be seen as a fun event, something to look forward to, and this is a great opportunity to discuss things like goal setting with the children. Have a look below to gain some inspiration for creative New Years’ lessons.

Learn about the history of New Year’s Celebrations

Teaching children about the history of New Year’s Eve is something that could span over multiple areas of learning. History, Art and Craft, Literacy. There is a multitude of articles on sites such as history.com that run through its interesting history.

Below are just a few of the sites that I tend to use when I do my research for these topics – they all have very intriguing articles on New Year and its traditions from around the world.

Write New Year’s Resolutions

The age-old tradition, writing out new years resolutions. It’s something that has been around since the Babylonians, where they would make promises to their gods. Try and make it an exciting event in the classroom, get creative by making a board and displaying them in the classroom.

I would recommend using our My Vision for the Future Display Pack” to really make your class’ work stand out!

Happiness Jar

Practising gratitude is associated with many health benefits including improved mood, better sleep, more positive habits and improved heart health. It’s no secret though that savouring the little things, that make life sweet, is easier said than done.

Out of everything I’ve seen so far, this one is my favourite – a Happiness Jar!

For those not in the know, a happiness jar is a glass jar in which you put a daily note of gratitude. On a piece of paper, write down one good thing that has happened or one thing you are grateful for that day, fold it up and pop it into the jar. Continue this throughout the year, and when the New Year rolls around, you’ll have plenty of wonderful memories to reflect on.

Take a look here at this blog written by mommypotamus about how she went about creating her own ‘Happiness Jar‘.

Stepping into the New Year

Our other whole class new year display is all about stepping into the new year. This conveys the message that we all have individual goals but we are also working towards them together as a whole class.


Each child receives a footprint to write down what they are stepping towards in 2021. The pack also contains lots of great motivational prompts and a banner and border, to help you create an eye-catching display.

New Year Traditions Around the World

Michael, Kevin, and Christina have searched high and low to find 50 fascinating New Year Traditions from around the world, that we think the children are going to love.


Discover how different countries bring in the New Year with our informative PowerPoint, display cards, and KS1 & KS2 comprehensions.


Click the button below to download all our New Year Traditions Around The World resources

Happy New Year!

I hope very much that you all have a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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