All About Our World

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We had fantastic time learning all about different countries, languages and cultures. The children asked their mums, dads and carers for information about their family to share with everyone in Bright Stars…it was so much fun!

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Diwali

We’ve been learning about Diwali which is the Hindu Festival of Lights. The word Diwali comes from the sanskrit word ‘dipaval’ which means ‘rows of lighted lamps’ .House, shops and public places are decorated with small oil lamps called diyas. We made our own diyas with salt dough.

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 There are lots of fireworks and sweets during Diwali. Tananiya’s mum made us some yummy sweets called ‘mitai, and she also bought us some boxes of sweets which Tananiya shared with all her friends. We made our own mitai which we decorated with sprinkles.

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People wear new clothes to celebrate…what a beautiful dress Tananiya!

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Rangoli is a colourful design made on the floor of a house near to the entrance to welcome guests At Diwali, Hindus draw brightly coloured Rangoli designs to encourage the goddess Lakshmi to enter their homes

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We made some Rangoli patterns by sprinkling coloured sand and glue onto paper plates. Then we worked together to make a HUGE Rangoli pattern outdoors…it was so much fun!

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Sprinkle here , sprinkle there

Sprinkle colours everywhere.

Diwali welcome at the door

Rangoli pattern on the floor

Sprinkle here, sprinkle there

Sprinkle colours everywhere.

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China

Milley made us a fabulous book all about her family in China. She shared photos of when she went to visit them.

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We had a go at Chinese writing…it was a bit tricky!

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Pakistan

Aasiyah’s mum, Waheeda, came in to talk to us about Muslim culture and traditions. She showed us some pictures of ‘Mehndi’ which is the traditional art of painting the hands, feet or body with a paste from the powdered, dried leaves of the henna plant.

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She made us some samosas and a yummy yoghurt dip…

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…mmm, very tasty!

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United Kingdom

We live in England which is part of the United Kingdom. This also includes Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland so we decided to learn about these countries too.

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England

Anthony served a traditional English afternoon tea, complete with finger sandwiches and scones…ooh, how posh!

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Wales

Emmajane is from Cardiff in Wales. She brought in some traditional clothing for us to try on, which was really good fun. She also taught us how to say ‘Good morning ‘Bore da’ and told us her name, ‘Fy enw i yw Emmajane’.

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Scotland

We read the story of the Loch Ness Monster which is a legend in Scotland about a monster that lives in a lake. It was great rolling and squashing the playdough to make our own little lake monsters. We wish we could spot Nessie!

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Ireland

The Shamrock is a symbol of Ireland. We had a lot of fun decorating some paper shamrocks using collage, glitter and paints. Nice and messy!

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