We have been thinking about other's beliefs and how Diwali is celebrated. Diwali is the Hindu festival of light and celebrates the triumph of good over evil and light over darkness. Today we have shared the story of Rama and Sita. We then thought about how Hindu's celebrate, by cleaning and decorating their homes, wearing new clothes, giving gifts and watching fireworks.
Children all took part in a range of activities, including making diva lamps, paper chains and Diwali cards. We also coloured Rangoli patterns. Children built a den this afternoon to explore light and darkness with torches.
We've had a great first half term of Forest School with the Buccaneers and Lancasters. They have listened carefully, shown great imagination, creativity, team work and perseverance.
On one of our wettest sessions so far, the children loved discovering a nest of dinosaur eggs that they felt and shared around with lots of talking about what they could be. They talked about how they could free the dinosaur by making it warm (so we put a couple over the fire) - or by smashing them! We also showed them how salt could be used to melt the ice.
Some of the children have had a go at whittling sticks 1:1 using a knife, to make a charcoal pencil, while others have watched wax pellets melt on the fire to make their candles.
People Who Help Us: Police
Today we had a visit from our community police officers, Richard and trainee Josh. They showed us their vehicle and talked about their uniform, which children had the opportunity to try on. Richard talked to the children about how police help us to stay safe and what we can do to help ourselves if we are ever lost.
Continuing with our topic, People Who Help Us, this week we have been making emergency vehicles and thinking about which emergency services and vehicles might come to different incidents. Children have also been thinking about 999 calls, with some choosing to practice these in their role play.
Our models are on display in the classroom, please come in and have a look.
People Who Help Us
We have had great fun playing in our new Doctors Surgery role-play corner. The children have imagined all kinds of interesting injuries and have decided together whether an ambulance has needed to be called. Some of us have practiced tying slings whilst others have examined x-rays as the waiting room has started to fill up.
We also practiced calling 999 on a pretend phone and asking for the correct emergency service to fit the incident. Finally, we listened to a real 999 call made by an 8 year old boy and discussed whether we would be able to answer the questions he was asked sensibly and carefully too.