Diwali

This week has flown by, and it hardly seems a moment since last week's contribution! We have tentatively begun learning the Christmas songs for our play; the children have been enthusiastically reminding themselves of the Babushka story from last year. We also learnt a little about the symbols that are used during the Festival of Lights, 'Diwali'. We used coloured food to make Rangoli patterns, on the paper and on the carpet - a little too successfully in some areas! At Forest School, we made a special effort to look at the Oak tree, and note how it looks in its autumn colours. Later we planted some Wild Cherry and some Rowan tree saplings; working together to dig the holes, plant and support the trees and protect them from being eaten by small hungry animals. Whilst some of the children used the mud kitchen, and played an enthusiastic game of Hide and Seek, Lottie built an impressive structure for the birds. During our hot chocolate break it was fantastic to see a robin checking out her handiwork, leaping form branch to branch. It'll be great to see if more birds have used it next time!

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Remembrance

Continuing our How and Why do we Celebrate topic, we then learnt about Remembrance Day. Not only making poppy wreaths to join in with the school Act of Remembrance on Monday, but also visiting the War Memorial in Gretton, and thinking about the men who left from this area. We made poppy field prints for Art, and also learnt to use hammers to make leaf prints at Forest School. These were, on the whole, very successful!
The children were very pleased to take part in No Pens Wednesday, honing their acting skills whilst performing the story of ............ they were enjoying it so much, they were 10 minutes late for lunch!!!

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No Pens Wednesday 1.

We really enjoyed No Pens Wednesday in Kingfishers - here are some pictures of Goldilocks at the Bears House, and maybe some bears too!IMG 2963IMG 2968IMG 2973IMG 2988IMG 2989IMG 2997IMG 3009IMG 2959IMG 2977IMG 2993IMG 2994IMG 3005

Tournament Tuesday

What a fantastic day we had; the weather blossomed, and the children all looked fantastic in their costumes. We started the day, completing the castles, the children had started. We also held the heats for the Jousting Tournament - a highly amusing and exciting event! We soon whittled the competitors down in order to hold the semi finals in the afternoon. (No Knight or Princess was injured in the process!). The day continued with Goblet decorating, cake decorating, banner making, crown making, and a Tournament Treasure Hunt. The day ended with a grand (mini) banquet feasting and drinking on a long table in the playground.IMG 2716IMG 2730IMG 2740IMG 2888IMG 2744IMG 2746IMG 2749IMG 2797IMG 2851IMG 2853IMG 2857IMG 2900IMG 2864