This week our theme in class has been Bonfire Night and fireworks. We have learned about why we celebrate Bonfire Night, how Guy Fawkes wanted to blow up the Houses of Parliament but King James was saved. In literacy we have listened to a Bonfire Night story and written about what we can see on Bonfire Night. In maths we have taken part in rocket and fireworks themed counting activities. In PE we explored moving like different fireworks to music and in art we have made fireworks pictures and fantastic fireworks.
On Friday everyone enjoyed making chocolate coated apples with sparkly sprinkles. We talked about how the chocolate changed as it was heated and cooled again.
More Diwali fun
A big thank you to Miraya's parent's who came in to join our Diwali celebrations today. They talked to us about how they celebrate Diwali, the different foods they prepare and how they decorate their home. They also brought in cakes to share and made everyone a lantern to take home. So lovely to welcome them as visitors to our class and help bring our learning to life. The children were so engaged and interested, especially about the different gods.
As part of our Diwali celebrations today we made Indian sweets, cornflour halwa, coconut burfi and dried fruit ladoos. Children enjoyed mixing different ingredients and seeing how they changed when mixed. This afternoon we followed the line of lights before sharing our sweets at snack time, trying different foods and flavours.
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.