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Diwali

In Year 4, during the week of Diwali, we learnt about the festival of light and focused particularly on the food that they make and eat at this special time. We read the story of Rama and Sita to learn about the significance of the lights, which the children thoroughly enjoyed. During our fun-filled afternoon, we learnt together about the Goddess of Wealth and Prosperity, Lakshmi, who is worshipped during the week of celebration in the hope that she will grace the house and family with her presence and good fortune. The children were very enthusiastic to learn about the different ways in which Hindus and Sikhs celebrate the festival, including fireworks, Rangoli patterns outside their doors and even giving of special treats to neighbours and loved ones. We then discussed the meaning behind the festival, which coincides with the Hindu New Year, as it celebrates new beginnings and the triumph of good over evil and light over darkness. Discussions led to what this meant to us in our own lives and what we could learn from these messages and themes. After all the discussions, we decided to learn through creating! In each class, we used ingredients to make coconut burfi to share with each other as a family. We did this because during Diwali sweets are exchanged to celebrate the cheerful occasion. It was a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon had by all in Team 4! 
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