Friday, 28 October 2016

Happy Diwali ...

We've enjoyed learning a little more about the special festival of Diwali this week. Diwali is celebrated by a number of students in our class and across the school.  It is a Hindu festival also known as Divali or Deepavali and the "festival of lights".  It is celebrated during October-November each year and lasts for 5 days. 

Here is a little video we've watched to help us understand more about Diwali...



And here is a song we learnt especially for Diwali...


Earlier this week Sienna and Nia showed us a stick dance (dandiya) they had made up, similar to one that had both learnt in readiness for Diwali celebrations this weekend. They improvised using pencils for sticks, and showed our class their clever moves...



During Discovery today some children made gorgeous Rangoli patterns to display in our classroom. Rangoli is a traditional Indian art form often associated with Diwali. 

Rangoli is a brightly coloured design created using different materials such as coloured powders, seeds and grains, flower petals, pencils, pens and paint.  We  made ours on paper with brightly coloured pastels, then finished them off with sparkly glitter and dye.



Some children chose to design henna patterns (mendi).  They look amazing...


Lots of us had fun outside in the wind designing Rangoli with chalk as well...


  

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