Everybody in school has had an exciting week exploring India. In Reception and Year 1, we have really enjoyed finding out about which animals live in India through a book called 'Tiger's Story'. We followed a young tiger on his journey as he grew up and found territory of his own. We got very messy during our art day, when we created some landscape and lots of these different animals.
In PE, we listened to some Indian music and tried out some traditional dance moves. The children were fantastic at this - ask them to show you some of their moves!
We also found out about a very special festival in India, Diwali, the Festival of Light. We have made our very own decorations, including diva pots, mendhi hand prints and rangoli patterns. We have used masks to re-tell the story - this is especially fun on the outdoor stage. To add to the excitement, we cooked our own vegetable curry and coconut bharfi. At the end of the week, we had a beautiful celebration of our own. We listened to some Indian music and each child gave another child a handmade sweet and a handprint decorated with mendhi patterns - we called them our hands of friendship.