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Firework Night and Diwali

Current Celebrations

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Diwali 2016 - Sunday 30th October 2016

Bonfire Night - Saturday 5th November 2016


This week the children will be learning about several important celebrations that will be taking place this week. We will be looking at how people may celebrate: Diwali, the Hindu festival of light; Bonfire Night and also talking about how we might celebrate our birthdays!


Remember on Monday the school has an INSET day so the children do not return back to Macaw class until Tuesday.


On Tuesday we will be looking back at Halloween - what did they do to celebrate? We will be going 'Trick or Treating' around the classes to develop our counting skills, show off our manners and also to develop our awareness of the wider school!


On Wednesday we will be having a tea party for Miss McRae's birthday! We will be sharing biscuits and problem solving, mark making in cards and may even dance to a few songs to develop our rhythm.


On Thursday we will be looking at Diwali and how children may celebrate this. We will be looking at the story of Rama and Sita, making our own diva lamps and having a go at Rangoli patterns.


On Friday we will be finding all about why people celebrate Bonfire night. We will be making music to represent fireworks using instruments such as drums, maracas and rain sticks, creating our own firework paintings and pictures and finding out how to stay safe and firework displays.


Ideas of activities at home linked to Diwali:

- Watch the story of Diwali found at -

- Take part in some Diwali crafts, ideas found at -

- Have a go at some Rangoli crafts -

- Learn a Diwali song -


Ideas of activities at home linked to Bonfire Night:

- Talk about how to keep safe when going to a firework display. What should they do if they get lost?

- Learn a new firework song -

- Chalk firework drawings on the pavement

- Marble rolling to make firework pictures -


Ideas of activities at home linked to Birthdays:

- Throw a birthday party for a friend/family member, pet or toy!

- Send out invites that your child can mark make on and write their name.

- Make a birthday card for a friend or family member.

- Make a birthday cake/birthday biscuits. Use language related to measure for your child to begin to hear the units we use when cooking and measuring. Talk about the texture and consistency. What happens when we put them in the oven? Count out birthday candles.

- Have a tea party - share out biscuits/sweets amongst friends, family members or toys. Is it fair that one teddy has three and the other has one?