Rangoli Patterns - 20th September 2019 - Year 3/4 Mrs McLaren

Rangoli patterns

This half term Year 3/4 are exploring the Hindu festival of Diwali, and focussing on how the celebrations foster a sense of belonging in the faith. As part of our exploration, we created large Rangoli patterns using chalk. A Rangoli is a colourful design made on the floor near the entrance to a house to welcome guests. During Diwali, Hindus draw bright Rangolis to encourage the goddess Lakshmi to visit their homes. We worked in groups of four or six.

First, we did a paper design. We kept it colourful and simple, and made sure all the members of our group could copy the design because the best Rangolis are symmetrical. Then it was time to get outside and chalk up. We worked collaboratively, supporting each other to make our patterns as bright as possible and ensure that everybody in our team knew which part of the design to chalk next. Afterwards, we reflected on the sense of belonging we had felt whilst working as part of a successful, supportive team.

Kathryn Blanchard