Diwali - A Festival of Lights - 31st October to 4th November 2016
Diwali is a wonderful celebration within the faiths of Sikhism and Hinduism, where families get together to remember the story of when Rama and Sita returned back to their home in India after living in the forest. It is a fesitval of lights as in the story when they returned the people celebrated by lighting rows of candles to welcome them home.
Today families celebrate by wearing special clothes, having a meal together, lighting candles called divas and watching fireworks.
We began our week watching a clip on cbeebies 'Let's celebrate' about Jessica who was getting ready with her family to Diwali.
Like Jessica we made our own divas, diwali cards and rangoli patterns, and we finished our week watching how Jessica celebrated Diwali, then we had our own celebration making coconut barfi sweets and bracelets for our friends, learning some bollywood dance moves and lighting our diwali lamps.
We have had lots of fun this week, in role play we had an Indian restaurant so were busy taking orders, cooking food and eating and in messy play we have been scooping and pouring seeds and beans and practised our play dough skills by squashing, rolling, pinching and poking some scented curry play dough.
We also learnt about the Diwali story, and made puppets of the characters Rama, Sita, Ravana and Hanuman to help us retell the story using our puppet show.
We have been busy - Sorry for the late update!
What have we been up to?
After our very successful first week at Nursery we have been so busy making friends, thinking about using good manners, talking about our feelings and exploring our senses.
The teachers have been working hard to complete beginning of the year assessments for all children and thanks to all parents we had our best attended parents evening in Nursery, it was great to meet parents, grandparents and sisters and brothers!
We have been working hard to learn each others name by playing lots of name games, saying hello to each other every morning and working in our family groups, are you a spot or a stripe?
We have been working hard to think about using good manners when we are playing. To help us remember we learnt a song: (sung to the tune Frere Jacques)
Please and Thank you, Please and Thank you,
Sounds so nice, Sounds so nice,
Manners are important, Manners are important,
Be polite, Be polite.
Lots of us got to gold and were rewarded with a sticker this week because we remembered to use good manners like:
Please, thank you, sorry, excuse me and pardon me.
We hope you are all feeling happy, and we definitely had lots of happy faces at Nursery this week!
It is important to talk about feelings with your Nursery child so they can understand that all feelings are ok and so they can begin to manage their own feelings and express them in a healthy way.
We explored happy, sad, scared/frightened and angry, and we were very good at showing the different expressions on our faces! We focussed on happy and sad and had a go at drawing happy and sad faces, discussing what makes us feel happy and what makes us feel sad. please see our photos below for a few examples.
Our Five Senses!
Our senses of sight, hearing, touch, smell and taste are the way we learn about the world around us when we are young, there are still so many new experiences your Nursery child will have but this is how they have been learning about the world so far and it is a really fun topic to explore!
We really hope you had fun listening to the story of Brown Bear by Eric Carle which was the start of our senses topic, and through this story we explored the colours around us and used our eyes to look through different media to see what we could see. Next we went on a listening walk around school inside and out to try and hear the sounds around us (this can sometimes be tricky as in our homes there is usually alot of background noise like the tv or washing machine, so sometimes its nice to be quiet, focus and listen to sounds we may be missing out on). We also had fun exploring play telephones and talking to our new friends.
In the last week before half term we have been focussing on our senses of touch, smell and taste. It was nice coming to Nursery this week as there were lots of exciting and different activities to take part in, some nice smells, messy play and we cooked something yummy to eat!
Have a look at our photos below to see just how much fun we had, ask your child what they liked best about our senses topic.
We have been busy getting to know each other, exploring the Nursery environment inside and outside, and becoming familiar with the Nursery routines.
Within Nursery we use lots of signs and symbols to help us understand what we are doing first and what we are getting ready to do next.
Below are some of the symbols we use within our Nursery timetable:
Activity time - time to play
Carpet time - whole class time
Family Group time - which group are you Spots or Stripes
Singing time - it might be nursery rhymes or maybe something new
Story time - we love stories
Home time or time for PAWS - Nursery time is finished
We love singing at Nursery, and built into our routines are some songs to help us get ready for the day, help us learn and know when Nursery has finished.
We have just begun learning these songs so it would be great if you could help your children learn them at home too!
"Hello, hello, how are you today, hello, hello, to you,
Hello, hello, I'm glad you came to nursery, hello, hello to you,
Hello, hello, let's get ready to learn and play, hello, hello, to you."
Days of the Week - sung to the Adams family theme
"Days of the week (clap, clap), Days of the week (clap, clap),
Days of the week, days of the week, days of the week (clap, clap),
There's Monday and there's Tuesday, there's Wednesday and there's Thursday,
there's Friday and there's Saturday and Sunday ends the week,
Days of the week (clap, clap), Days of the week (clap, clap),
Days of the week, days of the week, days of the week (clap, clap)."
"It's time to go home, it's time to go home,
Nursery has ended, it's time to go home,
Our work is all done, we've had lots of fun,
Now we're waving goodbye, goodbye."
We have also been thinking about our Nursery rules.
Our rules help us to stay safe, play nicely and make Nursery a calm and happy place to be.
We have 5 main rules at Nursery :
To use kind hands and feet
To use kind words and voices
To share and take turns
To look after our Nursery toys
To walk inside Nursery
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