Rangoli Patterns

Another busy week in Kingfishers, working on shape in Maths, finding vertices and symmetry, as well as ensuring we can recognise and name all the 2D shapes we need to know. In English we have really been concentrating on our phonics and writing questions and answers for Elise and Emil, from a story we have enjoyed, ‘The Visitor’. At Forest school we were looking at leaf skeletons; the sun was shining through the leaves, revealing bright colours as well as the veins. We made prints in clay and then tried leaf rubbing. It looks so easy but requires some considerable dexterity to keep the leaf still whilst it’s rubbed. We found out about the Diwali tradition of Rangoli patterns before attempting to cover the classroom in coloured rice! The children tried so hard to keep the colours separate, and to place the rice in specific places. They were very pleased with the dried results. We have been thinking about, and finding out about ‘Parables’ in R.E. We have watched and thought about the meanings behind the stories of ‘The Lost Son’ and ‘The Lost Sheep’, trying to understand why Jesus told these stories and why Christian people today still learn from them.



Continuing our ‘Who Celebrates’ theme, we have been finding out, and writing about the Diwali story. The children have been practising writing their sentences on the board – assisting Mrs Fisher with handwriting. It really has helped them to think about their letter formation and thinking about their sentences first. As it is Remembrance week, we have also been thinking about ‘people who do important jobs’ as well as sewing poppies on to a long ribbon. Everyone tried very hard – and there were no needle injuries – all bodes well for our ‘Delightful Decorations’, which we will be sewing shortly. When we were at Forest School, we made musical instruments with Mrs Wycherley. Some of the children were slightly disappointed with their ‘quiet’ instruments – but we thought that when we played together, it was much louder and more effective. A lesson we will be repeating – working together to make a difference. The children were slightly saddened not to being their ‘instruments’ home – but, they will, after our Assembly.



Well, what a start to our ‘Who Celebrates’ (Festivals and Celebrations) topic this term. We were expecting ‘bangs’ and ‘sparkles’, but Mrs Fisher took it far too seriously. Her hand is on the mend, and she is feeling less shaky now. This week we have been thinking about Firework Safety, writing instructions to keep safe, and writing our own poems. There were some super ideas flowing from the children, “Fireworks squealing and moaning, roaring and twirling”. A special mention to Will and Rufus for their fantastic work. We enjoyed Anita’s visit from Life Education, she was amazed by the children’s knowledge of proteins and carbohydrates. We had a muddy visit to Forest School, sorting leaves and finding out about how they change colour as Autumn arrives. We heard the lovely Leaf Man story and made our own characters. As well as thinking in RE ‘what we think God is like’, we also had time to create the display for the back wall to remind us of our topic. A busy week!celebrations




Medieval Monday

And so ends our ‘Turrets and Tiaras’ topic! What a fantastic day we had on Monday – it was super to see all the children in their costumes, looking so medieval. The children were thrilled to attend the banquet, and thoroughly enjoyed the Jousting Competition. No horses were actually harmed!! Thank you so much for the boxes, and kitchen rolls – many have been returned in different guises!! We are thinking about what ‘day’ we will do next…… We have been finishing off lots of little tasks this week – thinking about the planet – and writing messages for the ‘Tree of Promises’. We have been trying hard with our handwriting; and have been working on designs for Christmas Cards.

medieval monday