Yesterday afternoon, Secret Santa dropped off a sack full of presents for the class. One of the children took the place of Santa and handed out the presents to the rest of the class. When the sack was empty, all the class opened the presents together. There was great excitement. What a lovely idea, suggested by the children. They managed to keep the gifts secret. Well done.
The week before half-term we learned all about the Hindu festival of Diwali. This week Hindus and Sikhs, all over the world, celebrated Diwali - the festival of light - what an appropriate time to discover what this festival is all about. To begin with we discussed good and evil and thought about examples of both in the world today and in the past. There were some interesting discussions about different people and events that have occurred.
During the week, we read the story of the Ramayana - which is all about the story of Rama and Sita. We also found out about Rama's childhood and preparation to be the king of his country; how he met Sita and why they were banished for 14 years. Next we made masks so that we could re-enact the play. There were no lines so we had to understand the chronology of the tale and make our own lines. We also made clay divas - little lamps - these were lit to show Rama and Sita the way home to the palace after their fourteen year absence. We found out all about the festival and what happens on the five day celebration. Finally, we performed the play to the rest of the school during assembly time.
On Wednesday afternoon, Sycamore and Oak class worked together. As Oak class have been finding out about the maiden voyage of the Titanic, we wanted to know what could they tell their buddy about the journey. The first task was to tell their buddy what they knew and, if possible to write down the fact on a post-it note, (otherwise the older buddy wrote down the information.) Finally, the children were given the opportunity to draw the Titanic.
The day before the Easter holidays, Sycamore class were lucky enough to go to Hurstbourne Tarrant Primary School to watch an interactive performance of William Shakespeare's Hamlet. The actors were fantastic at explaining the story and including the children as some of the actors. The class returned to school via the Test Way, eating a picnic lunch half-way home.
Our Geography and Music topic this term is all about Longitude and latitude. Our Music topic is rap - using Vanilla Ice - Ice, ice baby. Yesterday, we had an excellent music lesson - all the children were engaged and enjoyed answering the questions. At the end, the children were given the opportunity to move creatively to the music.
Earlier in the week, the children worked in pairs to show that they understood compass points and how to follow directions.