Using cardboard rolls, crepe paper and lots of glitter we made firework rockets, and used paint and marbles to create a fantastic background for our firework display. We all tried to use describing words to imitate the noises of fireworks – for example, ‘bang’, ‘pop’, ‘whizz’ and ‘whoosh’.  Using a paint program on the whiteboard, we created some great firework pictures. We watched firework displays on our whiteboard at school and discussed and marvelled at the most amazing bright colours. Keeping safe is very important whenever we watch fireworks, so we read the firework code and listened to Fireman Sam telling us how to keep safe – he spoke of the importance of standing well back, wearing gloves to handle sparklers and how vital it is to keep pets indoors.

Fireworks will also be lit this weekend to celebrate Diwali, also known as ‘The Festival of Light’. This is a special celebration for Hindus and Sikhs, but, is celebrated by other religions too.  We read the story of Rama and Sita and found out that Diyas are lit to welcome them home and to help Lakshmi, the Goddess of wealth find her way into people’s homes. We decided that the Diwali celebration sounds like so much fun, celebrating with family and friends, eating delicious food and watching colourful fireworks!

We discovered Rangoli patterns are a symbol of good luck and that when it is Diwali, the colourful patterns are displayed on doorsteps to welcome family and friends. We used the giant chalks to create some delightful Rangoli patterns on the playground floor!

Finally, a new dinosaur friend called Thinkodocus joined our class this week, and to be just like a Thinkodocus, we have to:

-Think of our own ideas

– Try out our own ideas

– Guess what may happen

Our topic next week is Remembrance Week.