Our new topic this half term is ‘What a Wonderful World’, which involved learning about different cultures, traditions and celebrations.
We started our topic by focusing on Diwali, the Hindu ‘Festival of Light’.
The children made Diya lamps out of salt dough and decorated them using sequins and beads to create colourful patterns. They also explored creating shapes and patterns with everyday objects, including plastic cutlery and straws. The Diya lamps looked brilliant and the children were able to use them at their Diwali party.
The children also made Rangoli patterns using a range of different media. This included oil pastels, chalk and sand. They worked with a partner, using the peg boards to create repeating patterns, traced Rangoli outlines using the lightbox and also had a ‘colour by number’ challenge too. We used these to decorate our classroom for our Diwali party.
We built on this by learning about the story of Rama and Sita. The topic culminated with a Diwali party where our pre-school children came to join us for this special celebration.
The class had their first visit to Forest School this week. Despite all the rain, the children had a great time exploring their learning in this wonderful outdoor environment. Mrs. Andrews is our forest school leader and she and the children enjoyed spending the morning digging, singing, climbing, exploring and getting to know each other.