Diwali – The Festival of Light

At the end of October, we invited two parents to come in and share their Diwali traditions with us in the Nursery.

Diwali was on Sunday 30th October 2016.  Traditionally, Hindu’s light candles and decorate the entrance of the homes with Rangoli patterns.

Children joined the parents in the Nursery garden to draw flowers in chalk and a lamp just outside our door.


They showed us how to lay flower petals on the chalk drawing.

We used lots of beautiful bright flowers.



Children loved getting involved.



The children felt inspired and used the chalks to cover the Nursery play ground with their own Diwali patterns.




All of the adults had a go.

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Some KS2 children came over to help out too!

Mr Hirst came over to join in and helped write some Bengali greetings saying “Happy Diwali”.




Traditionally, Hindu’s share sweet and savory snacks with their friends and family during the festival.  We had homemade Indian snacks which the children enjoyed tasting.  We made a special festival table in our entrance to display candles, new clothes, fire works and books.  In the creative area, children made fireworks from toilet-roll holders and colourful pictures using paint and glitter.


How Does Your Garden Grown?

As part of ‘Understanding of the World,’ children were able to learn how to look after plants. During the Spring Term, children helped to ready the garden for planting.  We used our gardening tools and learned how to pull weeds,  dig out old plants using spades and level out the ground using a rake. All children got involved and we spend a few weeks pruning roses and cutting branches.

Thank you to the Parents and Friends Association who raised money and bought us new plants. Two parent helpers came in and helped the Nursery children plant some very beautiful new plants and trees.


Pretty flowers ready for planting!


Getting ready for planting seeds.



Preparing the Nursery garden ready for planting.

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Here we are on our visit to Canada Square Roof Garden. We took a walk to see what plants we could see. We found lots of interesting trees to look at and talk about.

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We made flowers from Stickle bricks.

We grew our own cress and made cress sandwiches for snack.