During this topic we have learnt lots about Diwali. Diwali is the Hindu festival of lights and is the most popular of all the festivals from South Asia. We learnt that families celebrate Diwali by decorating their houses with many lights and oil lamps. People visit their relatives and have feasts and fireworks and festivities are an essential part of the occasion. We had so much fun making our own firework splatter pictures even though we may have come home covered in paint… ooops! We decorated our classroom by making our own Diwali candles and we painted beautiful rangoli patterns.
For the last few weeks of term we were very excited to learn all about Christmas. Our classroom was taken over by Chippy - a naughty little elf who set us challenges each morning. We filled in our elf diary each day to record what mischievous things Chippy had been getting up to.
We worked extremely hard when we took to the stage to perform our annual Christmas Nativity. This year our class were cast as the sheep in the play. We had lots of songs to learn and they made us very proud indeed!
We ended our term with a trip to Beaumanor Hall to experience a Victorian Christmas. We took part in traditional Victorian playground games, visited a Victorian classroom (and found the teacher VERY strict!) and we even had a special visit from Santa Clause himself.