We started this week with a bang as we celebrate both Diwali on 4th November and Firework Night on 5th November.
As always after our fiddly fingers we did our yoga where we practiced firework breathing. Our firework breathing helps us to release excess energy that can be buzzing around inside our bodies and helps get us ready for using our noggins at carpet time!
This half-term one of our musical genres is Classical music and what better way to begin the term than with George Frederic Handel’s ‘The Royal Fireworks’. We talked about the instruments used and enjoyed dancing around the carpet, we listened carefully noticing what instruments were being used and whether the music was loud, soft, high or low.
Outside we flicked paint onto a large piece of paper making our big painting look like fireworks and on our stage we had lots of different coloured scarves which we threw up into the air like fireworks and enjoyed firework dancing.
Inside we made our own rockets.
We celebrated Diwali in many ways, first we listened to a story about Rama and Sita and the wicked king Ravana, and by putting 10 of our heads together we made our very own real life Ravana!! We learnt about the little lights that are used called Divas.
Out in the forest we talked about how the leaves change colour in autumn, we looked for signs of autumn and then we sequenced the colour of the changing leaves from our tree in base camp. We made Rangoli patterns out of the leaves, using all the beautiful autumn colours and natural resources available to us.
Wishing all our friends and Merry Hill family a very happy Diwali and Firework night.
Take care and stay safe,
Mrs Howe, Mrs Ogilvie-Jones, Mrs Mitzman, Mrs Hill and Mrs Bence