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Take One Place

For the first week back in school, Chestnut class have been working on a project called 'Take One Place.' As our school is linked with Mainstream school in India, we have spent the week completing a variety of activities to help us develop our knowledge about India.




For our English lessons this week, Chestnut class have created simple story books to share with Mainstream school in India, which will hopefully help them learn a few English words. We began the week by looking at examples of story books and identified the features (which then created our S2S). Then, we planned our story books by thinking about the characters, important words etc. After planning the story books, we began to create our story book by designing the front page - including a title, picture and name (author). Here are a few examples of the story books: 




For our art lesson, we looked at a variety of different Indian art examples. During half term, one of the pupil's in Chestnut class was fortunate enough to go on holiday to Dubai and came back with a Henna tattoo.



This was a perfect opportunity for Chestnut class to look at Mehndi art in detail and we began by looking at the history of the art, and also how it is used today. A few things we learnt was that:

  • Mehndi in Indian tradition is typically applied during special Hindu weddings and Hindu festivals for example Diwali.
  • In Hindu festivals, many women have Henna applied to their hands and feet and sometimes on the back of their shoulders too, as men have it applied on their arms, legs, back, and chest.  

We also discussed the benefits of using the henna plant on people's health, and how it has been used as a type of antiseptic. Then, we looked at examples of Mehndi art and created the S2S based on what we could see. Chestnut class had two attempts to draw a Mehndi pattern. Firstly, they continued a similar pattern to an example of a hand they were given. They were then able to draw an improved/ different Mehndi pattern by drawing around their hand and applying the art on to their hand. Here are a few examples of the amazing efforts of the class:



Bhangra Drumming




Chestnut class were really enthusiastic about wanting to learn as many interesting facts about India - therefore we did some research. Firstly, we came up with different topics we would like to research. Here are the ideas:

  • Food and Drink
  • Transport
  • Clothing
  • Tourism
  • Houses
  • Geography
  • Currency
  • Jobs
  • Health Care
  • Sport
  • Language
  • Musical Instruments 
  • Technology
  • Climate
  • Celebrations
  • Animals


The children worked in groups of 3 to research 2 topics (that were randomly selected to ensure that every group were researching a different topic). The groups created a PowerPoint presentation that they then presented to one another. Not only did Chestnut class learn from their own research, they learnt from one another by listening to other groups present their information. This was a fantastic way to learn and teach each other! 


Here are a few examples of the children presenting their information: