The whole school learnt about this annual Festival of Lights in the Hindu calendar. They had the opportunity to take part in different activities including exploring the symmetry of Rangoli patterns during numeracy lessons and creating their own rangoli patterns on the floor using chalk. Mrs Kapoor brought in several of her saris and our children enjoyed learning how to wear them.
We also learnt about Mendhi, the art of henna painting on the body, with children having the opportunity to design their own beautiful scroll designs.
We also enjoyed learning about Rama and Sita and the triumph of good over evil.
The children who had made Easter bonnets, displayed these proudly in the morning, before we set off on on our (now annual) Easter egg hunt for which we were blessed with a glorious day. The children all then enjoyed a 'chocolate party' with lots of chocolate-themed fun and games.
In the afternoon, all the children took part in presenting an Easter assembly which focused on hope, new life and the story of Easter.
During the morning the pupils all made pancakes and we followed this, in traditional style, with pancake races in the afternoon.
On Tuesday, 7th February the children took part in a marvellous evening of music and song, which was thoroughly enjoyed by all.
Children in Need
Today the children were invited to come in non-school uniform and wear something spotty to raise money for Children in need. From this we raised £110. In addition to this, some girls from Y5/6 spent the day in silence to raise even more money. Well done girls!
In November the children learnt about the Tai festival, Loy Krathong. We had a wonderful day, appreciating the beliefs of the Tai people, who float their flower and leaf boats down the river, as a symbolic way of releasing their troubles. Do enjoy the pictures of the work we did in school, marking this occasion.
Rosh Hashanah (3rd October)
As a school we learnt about the Jewish Festival, Rosh Hashanah. During the day we took part in three activities: making new year cards (Shanah Tova), creating a school collage that included significant Jewish symbols, and cooking apple and honey cupcakes.
Rosh Hashanah is the beginning of a new year for Jews. It is the anniversary of the creation of Adam and Eve and also a time where Jews look back at their past year and the wrong things they have done. They have ten days to repent. Special stories are told, apples and honey are eaten and given to family and friends as a way of offering a wish for sweetness and happiness in their lives in the coming year.
World's Largest Lesson
We joined with other schools around the world and took part in the World's Largest Lesson during the week of 18th September. We all found out about the work of the The United Nations and the seventeen goals for sustainable development. Each class then focused on one area. Our work culminated in a presentation to parents, governors and the church. We are now encouraging the children to further their understanding of global issues and the values of compassion and caring that underpin them, through their work in school and their interests at home. To find out more, please access the link below: