This term in ‘Who likes to party?’ we have been looking at and comparing festivals and celebrations from around the world with those that we celebrate ourselves. It has been such a busy time!
In the first week back we became fully immersed in activities celebrating Black History and those people who have made such incredible contributions across the world. Each class had a specific artist to study and our artist was Wilfred Branch. We looked at his work and created some incredible abstract art using some of his techniques over the week.
We have learnt about Guy Fawkes, why people celebrate each 5th November by building bonfires and having fireworks. We made our own bonfires as part of forest schools activities- but did not light them!
The children also discovered that some annual events that occur in the UK do not always celebrate happy times. We have looked at the meaning behind remembrance and the significance of the poppy. We created some fantastic observational drawings of poppies, made some poppies in out tech area and observed a two minutes silence to commemorate lives that have been lost throughout our history.
Next the celebration of Diwali enjoyed by people of the Hindu and Sikh faiths. The story of Rama and Sita gave an insight into this celebration. The children made their own shadow puppet to retell the story in small groups. They had a go at doing some traditional Indian stick dancing before using their artistic skills to create Diva pots and Rangoli patterns.
In Literacy we have been developing our reading and writing skills. Writing shopping lists in the role-play area, cards for Diwali and Christmas, letters to post in our maths role-play area as well as other games and activities such as Write Dance. We have had a focus text each week linked to each celebration/event and looked closely at the way the books are structured and how to use the illustrations as well as our phonic knowledge to decode tricky words.
In Maths we have been developing our counting skills, looking at shape and measures and applying them in lots of different, practical ways. We have been on shape and number hunts and captured what we have found using tablets to enhance our computing skills.
Other celebrations we have studied and explored have included those we ourselves celebrate and others that people celebrate across different cultures in this country and all over the world. We were grateful to one of our parents who talked remotely to us about how his family celebrate Thanksgiving each year and the meaning behind it.