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This week we have been celebrating Diwali. Diwali or Deepavali is the Hindu festival of lights celebrated every year in autumn. This celebration includes millions of lights shining on housetops, outside doors and windows, around temples and other buildings in the communities and countries where it is observed. The children across all of Early Years explored the festival through lots of exciting activities. It was lovely to see our Reception children show the Jellyfish children how to work as a team, to complete lots of the fun and exciting challenges together.

The children explored messy play with Mendi (paint) on our hands, clay Diya lights and made Diwali cards and pictures. They have also learnt to dance to Indian music and looked at the dress that is worn during the celebration. We baked some Indian sweet treats which we tasted and described together. We also made Rangoli patterns exploring both the patterns and shapes within the designs.

Please click here to look at all of our photos and videos during these activities. We have all learnt so much and explored with excitement Diwali- the celebration of light! We are so proud of all of the children and their ‘Creativity and Curiosity’ during this event.

We have really enjoyed getting to know your children. We have seen so many smiley faces coming into school and we are amazed with how quickly they have settled into their new routine already.

In order to help the children feel safe and secure at school, we have introduced them to the different learning areas gradually. They have all now had time to get to know both classrooms really well, have had a yummy lunch in the hall and even played on the big playground. They are fantastic at lining up already!  We are looking forward to exploring our outdoor learning area! How exciting! Don’t forget your (named) wellies…

Our first theme this year is ‘Belonging’. We will be sharing news about home, looking at our family pictures and talking about what makes our families the same or different. The children will be encouraged to create pictures and stories about themselves and their families too.

There will be lots more information to come as we get to know your children and begin to introduce phonics, reading and our online journal ‘Tapestry’. We will of course be arranging meetings to help parents/ carers make sense of it all – don’t panic if it all seems like gobbledygook at the moment – you are not alone!

Lastly, we are always available for messages on the door in the morning, however if you require a longer conversation or greater confidentiality please don’t hesitate to contact the office so that we can arrange a more suitable time for a chat. We are always here for you and your child.

We look forward to a fantastic, exciting, magical, wonder-filled year with your little ones-