Diwali- the festival of Light.
We have been learning about a special celebration called 'Diwali'. This is a special celebration in India and for Indians it is as big a celebration as Christmas is to us! During the time of Diwali, light is celebrated and people decorate their homes with all sorts of different lights and bright colours.
In order to celebrate this festival we moulded our very own Diwali lamps using clay and then we painted them very bright colours. Mrs Small then gave us a tea light to put inside them so that they can light up in the dark.
'They shall not grow old as we that are left grow old. Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn them. At the going down of the sun and in the morning we will remember them.'
Recently we have been learning about Remembrance Day and discussing the war. We went for a walk into Dervock village to visit the Cenotaph. We were able to see the names of the brave men who died fighting for our freedom and were reminded of the importance of paying our respects to those who suffered so much loss. We found out that poppies are used as a symbol to remember those who died in the war and we created our own using tissue paper.
As part of our 'Let's Celebrate' topic during Activity Based Play we have been learning all about birthdays- their importance, why we celebrate them and how to organise and, of course, enjoy them! We discovered that there is more work to birthday parties than we once thought! However there was one thing that we ALL agreed was imperative to any good birthday party and that was cake/buns! Therefore we all had a go at making our own bun, decorating it and the most important part, eating it!
To begin our new topic of 'Let's Celebrate' and to 'remember, remember the 5th of November' we made firework cookies! They were yummy!