We started out by doing a K-W-L brainstorm - we shared what we already knew or thought that we knew, next we identified what we would like to know and lastly we will reflect and find out what we have learnt about India and their celebrations.
We started with an investigation into a celebration called DIWALI - this is pronounced Dee- va-lee. Diwali means ‘rows of lighted lamps’. We read the story of Rama and Sita and how Diwali came about. When Rama and Sita returned to their kingdom victorious of evil, people lit lots of small lamps called diyas to guide them home. Hindus around the world celebrate Diwali by placing DIVAS around the home and in gardens to remember how Rama and Sita were welcomed home. Hindus believe that by lighting these lamps, the goddess Lakshmi will visit them and bring them wealth.
We made our own DIVAS out of salt dough. The process took a long time and we had to be patient. We read the instructions on how to make salt dough, we used maths in the measuring and sharing of the dough. We decorated our lamps- it took days for the dough to dry out and then paint to dry. But they look spectacular.
Jovarn and Cooper Salt Dough
Group Salt Dough
Salt Dough Divas
Next, we made an Indian sweet called BARFI it was delicious, sweet and coconutty. We also made Mango Lassi’s. We followed the instructions. We have been learning how to write instructions in writing, we know the importance of be very specific and remembering everything you need and how to do it. We wrote instructions on how to make a mango lassi and salt dough divas to help Room 4 make their own. If our instructions are not right then they won’t know what to do.
The best bit of our day was the celebration - we got to eat our barfi and drink the sweet lassi. We took our Diva’s home and we hope they will bring us luck and wealth.