This week the children in Nursery have been learning lots about the festival of light – Diwali. On Wednesday the children were very lucky to have dancers from ‘Lions of Bhangra’ come into school. They taught the children a traditional Bhangra dance. The dance told a story, based around the work of a farmer on a typical day.
The children returned to the class and tasted some traditional Indian food. Everyone tried a samosa and chocolate barfi. The children really enjoyed their treats!
As part of Nursery’s creative work, the children have been busy creating Diva oil lamps, using clay. They had to mould the dough using different techniques – rolling, pinching and squeezing. Their lamps are drying, ready to be brightly painted and decorated with sparkly sequins.
The children have also created beautiful Rangoli artwork, in a variety of ways. Typically, Rangoli patterns are made on the floor using coloured rice or sand.
To create some of these patterns the children used oil pastels. This required the children to carefully think about their patterns, as they needed to be repeated in each quarter of the paper.
The other designs were made using a programme on the computer. The children had to select and drag the items they wanted to use on to symmetry wheel. They could change the size and colour of each the items, by using the tools.