Nursery have had an exciting week learning about the Hindu festival, Diwali. Our key text was ‘Rama and Sita’ and we had lots of fun acting out the story with the characters and masks on the small world table.
We looked at Rangoli patterns and did a wonderful job of replicating the patterns with oil pastels, sand and coloured pasta.
As well as Rangoli patterns, we looked at repeating patterns in our maths lessons – and used all sorts of things in our classroom to create them ourselves.
We listened to Indian music and did Diwali-inspired yoga in the mornings. We also took part in a fireworks movement session outside using colourful streamers and scarves.
We had a very special visit from Ronan’s grandmother – who taught us all about Diwali and ways that her family celebrates. She showed us some colourful Diva lamps and gave us all some treats from a beautiful peacock box.
Ronan also showed us photos of his family at Diwali, and we talked about the special clothes, food and decorations that they have enjoyed.We were so inspired by the diva lamps we decided to make our own. We spent all week perfecting them and making them really decorative.
As well as Diwali we marked another special occasion: Remembrance Day. We made some fabulous poppies from collage and playdough – as a way of remembering and saying thank you for the people who help us.
We ended the week by making some Remembrance Day poppy biscuits. We said a prayer and gave thanks for the people who have helped us.