Thursday, 22 November 2018

Diwali



A further two weeks of this term has flown by…..

Last week the children learnt all about the celebration of Diwali. Diwali is the five-day festival of lights, celebrated by millions of Hindus, Sikhs and Jains across the world. The festival, which coincides with the Hindu New Year, celebrates new beginnings and the triumph of good over evil, and light over darkness. We watched a video of Jessica and her family getting ready for and celebrating Diwali and listened to the story of Rama and Sita. We then had lots of fun painting Rangoli patterns, creating mehndi patterns using pens and collage materials, making Diwali cards, exploring the Diwali sensory tray and making our very own diva lamps. We had a  
small banquet, trying some Indian snacks, and finished the week by dressing up, playing the musical instruments and singing a Diwali song. Michael’s mummy helped us make some Indian Diwali sweets which are traditionally given us gifts during the festival.


















































We have started a new RE topic – Birthdays. We celebrated Bumble the bear’s 4th birthday with a party and spent some time talking about our own experiences of birthday celebrations and deciding what party games we would like to play. We created a birthday party in the role play area – adding teddies, balloons and cakes. The children were provided with the opportunity to wrap presents, write cards and invitations. 
















We have continued our Maths learning about 2d shapes – circle, triangle, square and rectangle. The children have been recognising and naming the shapes and have used the junk modelling boxes for printing, sticks, shape puzzles, matching shape games and building blocks to reinforce this learning. 
















In our PE lesson we have been practising our balancing skills. We have been balancing on different parts of our bodies and then thought of different ways to balance beanbags. Even balancing the beanbag on our heads was quite tricky!










Here are some photos of a few other things we have been doing…





















Have a lovely weekend,

Amanda Corcoran and the nursery team.