Diwali Celebrations!

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.

Marvellous Middle Week!

What a busy week Nursery have had this week! The children have completed lots of wartime activities, remembering the soldiers that fought during the First and Second World Wars.

The children have spent most of their time with their friends in Year 3 (Nursery’s buddy class). Together the children have learnt two remembrance songs – ‘You Are My Sunshine’ and ‘It’s a Long Way to Tipperary’, baked a typical wartime pudding and made decorations to display at the tea-dance.

Both classes were on board, creating lots of beautiful decorations to display around the school hall, ready for the whole school tea-dance. Using lots of different materials, the children made poppies and Union flags.

On Wednesday afternoon, Mr Owen kindly offered to teach the children how to play games from the past. Nursery enjoyed playing marbles, jacks and even watched a game of conkers. 

Around making our decorations and playing wartime games, Nursery joined Year 3 to bake a Traditional Bread Pudding! Both classes helped to accurately measure out the ingredients before mixing it all together. Our finished product was placed on the ‘Bake Off’ table ready for our important judges to taste. Our bake was rated on taste, aesthetics, authenticity and originality. 

To conclude the ‘Marvellous Middle’ week, children arrived to school in either red, white and blue clothing or war time style clothing. Dressed appropriately, Nursery went to a special assembly where staff and other pupils spoke about the importance of Remembrance Day and family members who had fought in the war. Nursery and Year 3 beautifully performed their partnership song, ‘You Are My Sunshine’, for the rest of school.

Following the special assembly, Nursery celebrated the end of the war by taking part in the whole school tea dance. They shared cakes and flapjacks before having free time to dance along to wartime songs.

Nursery have really enjoyed spending lots of their time completing a variety of activities with year 3!