A new dinosaur friend called ‘Kindosarus’ came to our class. Kindosarus says ‘be kind with your words’, ‘be kind with your hands’ and ‘be kind to your friends’; the children have been working very hard to keep to this advice.

We compared the different colours of the fireworks that we saw at the 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 Diya’s are lit to welcome them home and to help Lakshmi, the Goddess of Wealth, find her way into people’s homes. We decided that Diwali celebration sounds so much fun, celebrating with family and friends, watching colourful fireworks and eating delicious food!

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!

We had fun drawing around our hands and used paint to make Mendi patterns as well as drawing numbers in coloured rice. Using tweezers, we carefully placed buttons, beads and even pasta to create Rangoli patterns.

Our topic next week is The Gingerbread Man.