Happy Diwali!

posted 16 Nov 2016, 12:49 by Georgina Bradley   [ updated 16 Nov 2016, 12:53 ]
As we enter the festive season, children in FS2 have started to think about all the different celebrations that take place over the winter months. Last week we begun by sharing our experiences of bonfire night. We came up with some superb onomatopoeias which we wrote inside of fireworks, decorated with plenty of glitter and colour. 

This then got us thinking about celebrations in other cultures. We were so grateful to Mr Raithatha who came in to talk to us about his Diwali celebrations that he shares with his family. After this we heard the story of Rama and Sita. We talked about the different characters in the story and where the story is set. We then enjoyed a very busy craft day where we made all the character masks, props including trees for the forest, a chariot for Ravana to capture Sita, swords and bow and arrows for the battle and diva lamps to guide Rama and Sita home. 

After making everything ourselves, we performed the story as a class. We each took on different roles, bringing the characters and props to life. We even played instruments to accompany the battle between Ravana and Hanuman's armies! It was pretty awesome! 

Using photographs from our performance, we sequenced the story and wrote captions for each scene. We have also looked at rangoli patterns; they have helped us learn about symmetry. We had a go at designing our own symmetrical patterns using mirrors to help us.

Tomorrow and Friday, we'll be taking turns to make some authentic, tasty food from India using lots of spices! Look out for our photographs...more to come tomorrow...

More photo's to come tomorrow!