Welcome back after half term!
This week in reception the children have really enjoyed learning about the Hindu festival, Diwali, particularly the celebrations, traditions and customs. We learnt that the Indian festival, Diwali, is known as the festival of light
because houses, shops and public places are decorated with small Diya lamps to guide Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth, into their homes and that Rama and Sita were guided home in the Diwali story.
The children had the opportunity to make their own Diya lamp, using clay. The children carefully shaped them and once dry will be able to decorate and paint them next week.
We enjoyed learning about the story of Rama and Sita and the demon king that had 10 heads and 20 arms and acting the story out.
The children have loved building temples in the construction area and having fun in the role play area which is a temple currently. They have been dressing up in all the beautiful materials and jewellery too.
Reception have also loved making Rangoli patterns using a variety of resources; peg boards; colouring rangoli patterns; creating their own patterns which has made our classroom a colourful place to be this week!
Reception have had a fun packed time learning about Diwali.
In Maths, the week before half term, we investigated 2d shapes. The children put on their “shape goggles” and searched for shapes in the classroom. This is something they could practise at home. We completed shape activities to help us learn to recognise and describe 2d shapes. For example, we carefully cut out different 2d shapes to create shape pictures. We talked about the different shapes we had used, focusing on counting the sides and corners.
The children were challenged to work together in small teams, using skipping ropes to create shapes.
In Maths this week we have been working on continuing patterns and creating our own using objects, shapes and pegs. We have looked at a variety of Rangoli patterns which are seen at the steps of Hindu temples and at the entrance to people’s homes as a welcome and good luck symbol during the Diwali festival. Then we used brightly coloured paint , small brushes and cotton buds to create our own!
Have a lovely weekend,
The Reception team