Remembrance

Posted in Art, History

We learned why we stop to observe a two-minute silence on 11th November at 11 AM. We also thought in reverence about how this made us feel. We expressed this through making our own poppy fields showing perspective and writing our thoughts.

What do you think?

Geometry

Posted in Maths

In our maths lessons we are learning about geometry. We have been creating beautiful Hindu inspired mandalas and learning the parts of a circle at the same time as thinking about rotational symmetry. We have also been making our own protractors, revisiting the different types of angles, calculating angles and are now learning how to find the area of circles and triangles.

Diwali

Posted in Art, Religion

We learned about the festival of Diwali which is celebrated by people all over the world. The two religions who celebrate Diwali are Hinduism and Sikhism. We talked about the fact that you don’t have to belong to a religion in order to join a celebration. Some of us asked some fantastic questions such as: ‘Do you have to be born a Hindu or can you become one?’ and ‘What do Hindus do at Christmas?’ . Others noticed that lots of religions celebrate light and near to Christmas, Christians celebrate Christingle. We found it really interesting that Hindus believe in not one god but many gods and goddesses-we will be finding out more about them.

The story of Rama and Sita is remembered and told on Diwali as it represents good triumphing over evil. Hindus put lights called diyas in their houses to welcome Lakshmi, the Hindu goddess of wealth and prosperity. They also make beautiful rangoli patterns outside. We looked at some of these patterns and made clay tiles inspired by them. We learned about digging shapes out, building shapes up and joining the clay. When they are finished and dry, we are going to carefully add gold paint to highlight parts of the tiles. Some of us used the spare clay to make diva lamps.

We are really proud of our tiles and hope that you like them.