Binny’s Diwali

Sunday 12 November 2023

Binny’s Diwali

Welcome to Autumn 2! This half term our theme is light and dark.

We have covered so many important events and topics this week…

On Monday we spent the day learning about St James, we listened to the story about how Jesus chose James to be one of his special friends. James was a fisher man and Jesus told him to put down his net and follow him. James became a ‘fisher of men’ instead. The children had a few challenges to complete to help them with their understanding.

Bonfire Night

On Tuesday we talked about Bonfire night, the children enjoyed talking about their own experiences and how they celebrated at home or out and about. In the construction area the children were challenged to build a replica of the Houses of Parliament.


We talked about the festival of light, called Diwali. Our focus book was Binny’s Diwali by Thrity Umrigar.

We also found out about the festival through watching cbeebies-My first festival and Jo Jo and Gran Gran. The children were challenged to make their own Mehndi patterns on the funky fingers table, make rockets in the Waste Innovation Workshop and Diya lamps in the Playdough Factory.

Our word of the week is: Festival

Remembrance Day

We talked about Remembrance Day and the meaning behind each poppy. Lots of children wore poppy items to school and could speak about the meaning.

On Friday we used all of your kind donations (thank you!) to create a penny trail. The children enjoyed starting the trail for the rest of the school to follow on.


This week the children have focused on the diagraphs ff, ll, ss and the single phoneme j.

We’ve also learnt the tricky word; as

Tricky words are words that should be read by sight. We start by identifying which part of the word is ‘tricky’. In as, the ‘s’ is tricky because it makes the /z/ sound.

Poetry Picnic

Each week we will be learning a new poem. We will recite the poem each day. By saying the poem out loud we can focus on the sounds and rhythm of each word or line.

This week our poem was Breezy Weather

Breezy weather. Freezy weather.

When the leaves fall, we all fall together.

Breezy weather. Freezy weather.

When the wind blows, we huddle together.


In Maths, we’ve been using our fingers to identify 5. We used the peas in a pod song-

‘Five little peas in a pea pod pressed,

One grew, two grew, so did all the rest.

They grew and they grew and they did not stop,

Until one day the pod went pop!’

Help at home phonics sheet

Today, your child has come home with a new ‘learn at home’ phonics sheet. The sheets link to all the phonemes we have covered this half term. Please support your child by practising these at home.

Help at home

Next week we’ll be celebrating World Nursery Rhyme Week. If you would like to, we’d love to share a recording of them telling their favourite nursery rhyme in class. Please send your emails to


We will be doing PE on Monday, so please send your child to school wearing their PE kit and trainers. They will stay in this all day.

 Stay and Learn Sessions

Wednesday we have our Maths Stay and Learn session from 2.20pm-3.00pm

Mrs. Kendrew, Mrs. Rippon and Miss. Feldman