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This week we have been learning about Hanukkah. We have learnt that it is the Jewish festival of lights and they celebrate Hanukkah for 8 nights to represent how long the holy oil lasted once the Maccabees rescued their temple back from King Antiochus' soldiers. Each night they light a candle on the Menorah, they also eat potato cakes called Latkes, meet with family and play a dreidel game.

We began our week by listening to the story of Hanukkah, looking at some Jewish artefacts and lighting a candle on our Menorah. The children really enjoyed handling the bowls, but agreed that we probably shouldn't keep the candle lit while we were still in the classroom! smiley 

We made our own Menorah pictures using handprints. The children loved this activity as they could use the shiny paint! The could choose from gold, silver or bronze and then added the yellow flames once their hands were clean.

We made Dreidels, but instead of spinning them in a game we ate them as we made them out of marshmallows, twiglets and melted chocolate!

Our child initiated has been very busy. We have been counting, shape sorting, building, cutting, balancing and much more.


This week we have been learning about Diwali. We began by reading the story Dipal's Diwali. We learnt that Diwali is the Hindu festival of light where they celebrate the Goddess Lakshmi. They celebrate by creating Rangoli patterns using coloured rice, lighting Diya lamps, dancing and eating lots of sweet treats.

We coloured in our own Rangoli patterns!

We were hoping to make Diya lamps out of clay but unfortunately the order did not turn up sad We improvised and as we love a paper plate in Pear Tree class we used them instead!! The children worked brilliantly, with the majority of them completing the activity completely independently!

For PE this week we dressed up in some Indian costumes and did some Indian dancing. Even the adults dressed up and joined in! Mr Borg did a brilliant job of teaching the children a relatively easy dance and the children really impressed us with their dance moves. They all tried really hard to copy the moves. We ended the PE dance lesson with the Cha Cha Slide smiley

Don't we look amazing! smiley

Our child initiated learning has been incredibly focussed this week! We have been doing lots of fine motor activities, constructing, dancing, counting, investigating numbers in porridge, we have been roleplaying in the garden with the babies, and mark making and much much more!

We have been working really hard on our independence and putting on our own coats without any help. This week Olivia, Elodie, Evie-Grace and Alexandra all mastered the job. Well done girls, we are incredibly proud of you! Next job is zips smiley


Poppy Day

This week we have been thinking about Poppy Day. We started the week by watching the Cbeebies Poppy Day programme CBeebies | Poppies animation - YouTube We learned that we wear the Poppy to remember the soldiers who fought in the war and also those who died. Evie asked "what is war?" We described war as a very big argument between countries which meant that they fought each other using guns and bombs and that lots of people died as a result. On Thursday the whole school took part in the Greenfields remembrance service. We explained the importance of staying silent like the rest of the school to remember the soldiers. The children blew us away! They were silent from the minute they left the classroom, all the way through the readings, throughout the silence and during the walk back to class. We are so incredibly proud of them and it was a very emotional moment!

For our first activity we decorated paper plates with tissue paper to make them look like poppies.

We used paint brushes and corks to create a field of poppies!