Pre-school: Diwali

Preschool have explored all things colourful by learning about the Diwali festival of light.  We read stories about a girl recounting her Diwali celebrations with her family (Dipal’s Diwali) and watched clips of people celebrating.  We explored some articles that help Hindu’s in their celebration.  We noticed similarities and differences to our celebration of Christmas.  Each child made a lamp called a Diva, which are usually moulded from clay, and decorated them using sequins.  We then continued to practise this in playdough.  During a snack session, the children tasted some Diwali celebration food.  Lots of children had never eaten anything spicy before, and were keen to describe the different tastes.

The children are getting better at representing repeating patterns and this week, used peg boards on the finger gym to make Rangoli patterns.  On our maths table we used Numicon, to make patterns.  We learned how we can represent numbers with the Numicon pieces and explored each shape.  We also used shape language when we made Rangoli patterns in rice.

Children spotted the shape of colourful letters in the water tray, recognising some letters in their names.  They continued their mark making with some interesting patterns to represent Mehndi on their paper hands.  We learned how this is a type of semi-permanent make up for your hands and feet, used in special celebrations. 

We have started to explore Advent, and learned that our altar had changed to the colour purple.  We have begun the countdown and are preparing for Christmas. 

In Hopscotch we love reading, and this week have enjoyed our Year 6 prefects reading to us.  We are keen to show them the books in our book corner, and love to read our favourites many times over.

Finally, this week we said goodbye to one of our staff, Ellie.  We enjoyed singing to her and giving her gifts we had made during the week and wish her well in her new job

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