Welcome back! We hope you all managed to have a restful half term.
Reception have been very busy learning about Diwali, the Hindu festival of light, this week. They learnt about some of the customs and traditions used to prepare families for this special celebration. The children heard the story of Rama and Sita and learnt about the symbolic meanings behind the religious artefacts that Hindu families use. Reception then went on to make some of their own objects, including Rangoli and Mehndi patterns and diva lamps. Did you know that the word Diwali means ‘rows of lighted lamps’?
Reception have also been learning about Guy Fawkes Night and why we commemorate this event in Great Britain every year. The children have enjoyed making their own firework paintings and models and even constructed a large bonfire to use in their role-play.
On Wednesday, we held our first ‘Come and Read’ session. This is a new initiative that will continue to take place every Wednesday at 3pm and is simply an opportunity to share a book with your child. Younger siblings are also invited and if you are unable to attend, grandparents or aunts and uncles are also very welcome to come in your place. Please do not feel any pressure to attend however- we understand that many of you have work commitments. Your child will still be able to enjoy a book with one of the class adults.
On Thursday, Reception had the opportunity to plant some bulbs, ready for the springtime.
On Friday, we had our first gymnastics session with Mr Dugan from Dame Alice Owen School. The children had lots of fun exploring different ways of rolling. If your child does not wear black trainers to school as part of their school uniform, please send in a pair of plimsoles or trainers for them to change into. Thank you.
Have a lovely weekend,
Mrs Theo and Mrs Gymer