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½ day session often combined with visiting teachers leading the craft session in doors. See training notes for crafts and all resources.

Learning Objectives

Most pupils will:

  • Explore the Story of Rama and Sita
  • Understand the importance - for some people - of belonging to a religion
  • Pupils use some religious words and phrases to recognise and name features of a religious life and practice.
  • Use their senses to experience a new environment
  • Use natural and made materials to make their art works to take back to school
  • Use shape and symbols
  • Importance of working as a team
  • Move safely in the outdoors

Some pupils will also have the opportunity to:

  • They begin to show awareness and make links with some of the similarities in religions
  • They describe the impact of religion on people's lives
  • Pupils begin to talk about their own experiences and feelings


On arrival a member of OEE team will welcome your group to the Centre and describe the day’s programme, learning objectives, and the health and safety issues.

½ Day Course Programme

Classes will then separate and sessions A and B will be interchangeable am and pm with session A generally led by the centre teacher.

Session A: Can be led by centre teacher or by visiting teacher.

  • Health and Safety talk
  • Introduction in classroom to mornings contents (5 mins) Walk to hall and gardens area, sit at log circle (5 mins)
  • Basic intro and questions to see what children already know about the celebration/story of Diwali (5 mins)
  • Give out costumes for main characters to wear and then read story as the chosen children re-enact the story of Rama and Sita (10-15 mins)
  • Explain next activity ‘photo orienteering’ in hall and gardens areas, Pupils need to be in groups of 4 or 5 NB never any more than 5
  • Photo orienteering session (30 mins-40 mins)
  • When done sit all teams on steps in front of hall and ask them about things they collected (3 mins)
  • Children to choose a 'Diwali' tree to decorate with the items they have collected. When ready walk each group around and ask why they chose their tree (10 mins)
  • Safety issues: Refer to Brackenhurst EEC Risk Assessment Br 9. Walk to toilet block and wash hands (10mins)

Session B: Diwali Crafts - indoor due to time of year.

  • As per training notes held at centre
  • Class will be set up with all 4 crafts with all relevant resources. Mendi hand painting
  • Diwali sweet boxes with ink stamp and glittery pom pom
  • Diwali Rangoli patterned wall hanging in chalk
  • Diva clay lamp and tea light decorated with beads ½ days session

Detailed activity sheets can be found in the Celebrating Diwali in the Outdoors curriculum material for centre staff use and groups self-leading sessions. Copies available at the centre.


Back at the Centre the group will reflect on their day and consider how well the learning objectives have been met (5 mins).

Safety Considerations

Weather Conditions and clothing

Some outdoor clothing and footwear is available at the Centre but please ensure that children are dressed warmly and have suitable waterproof outerwear. Activities will take place in all but the most severe weather conditions. The centre teacher will contact the group leader if conditions are unsafe for the visit to continue.

Equipment supplied

All photo orienteering resources, Diwali text, Diwali decorations, all craft resources

Equipment needed from school

Tray/boxes to take all crafts back to school

Other Information

The actual programme may vary depending on the number and needs of pupils, length of visit and weather conditions.