Cause For Celebration
Nursery Revel In Chinese New Year Celebrations
The week in Nursery got off to a wonderful start as the children learned all about Chinese New Year. The excited youngsters discovered that Chinese New Year is an important festival in the Chinese calendar, is sometimes called the Spring Festival, and that this year is the Year of the Rabbit. It’s very important for our young children to learn and understand about the different ways in which other people and other cultures celebrate significant events and the children looked at traditional clothes worn in China and listened to some Chinese music during circle time. They also watched closely while a teacher showed them some very exotic fruit and vegetables from China; with the children describing what they could see and what they might taste like. Naturally, food plays a big part in Chinese New Year celebrations and the children got to choose from a range of bright and colourful vegetables to put in their very own tasty stir fry, as well as sampling lovely prawn crackers at the snack table. The intrigued children also got to grips with Chinese writing skills and learned how to say ‘kung hei fat choy’ – or ‘happy new year’ – in Mandarin. And a Chinese New Year celebration wouldn’t be complete without a colourful dragon dance with dazzling streamers and Oriental music.
Kerry Chapman, Nursery Class Teacher
Adventurous Reception Get A Taste Of The Orient
Reception have had a wonderful taste of the Orient this week; marking Chinese New Year with a wealth of fun and inspiring activities with a Far East theme. The children began by collaborating with Nursery and rotating fun activities such as cooking, arts and crafts, dancing and calligraphy. They listened intently to the story of The Great Race: The Story of the Chinese Zodiac and heard about all the animals that crossed the river; discovering that 2023 is the Year of the Water Rabbit. Inspired by this story, the children completed scribble drawings of rabbits and coloured them based on their feelings. Similarly, Reception talked about the significance of Chinese lanterns and the children carefully cut, stuck and crafted their own Chinese lanterns to take home. And across the shared area, the children tried on traditional Chinese dress, practised writing numbers in Chinese, and perfected the art of using chopsticks. Away from the Far Eastern celebrations, Reception continued their dinosaur adventures and made their own hot-air balloons from where they can spot the dinosaurs. Last but not least, the children practised their talk-for-writing text and took the opportunity to perform in groups to their friends. What a week for new experiences in Reception!
Hannah Feery, Reception Class Teacher
Phonic Sounds Hit The Right Notes For Year 1 Learners
Phonic sounds and how they can be used throughout their learning have been the order of the day for Year 1. The children have this week been working on reading, writing and saying phonic sounds which can then be transferred into other topics, such as PSHE and learning about the Great Fire of London. Having learned the various sounds, Year 1 took the opportunity to practice those sounds in both words and sentences. In PSHE, the children have been stretching their learning muscles by collaborating on a piece of work involving handprints on paper while the children kneaded dough and made bread as they continued their look into the Great Fire of London of 1966, which the children have learned started in a bakery on Pudding Lane.
Rebecca Lane, Year 1 Class Teacher
Year 2 Discover What Makes The World Go Round
Year 2 are revelling in the delights of handling real and pretend currency as they continue learning about the value of money – an essential, lifelong skill. At home, they have been looking at and discussing currency with their parents to become more familiar with actual coins and notes in our increasingly cash-free society. Thank you, mums and dads for all your efforts, they are very much appreciated! The children have been using models that they are already familiar with, such as the part-part-whole model, the bar model and number lines to help them visualise addition and subtraction calculations and support them as they develop and strengthen their fluency with money. Keeping the topic engaging, interactive and fun, the children have been playing, ‘Pop to the Shops,’ money matching and snap games, as well as using the full array of coins and notes to make different totals and make comparisons, using the correct mathematical vocabulary along the way. Developing their curiosity further, the children delighted as they dived enthusiastically into Mrs Jervis’ collection of coins and notes from yesteryear, which included an old penny from 1966, a £1 note from Jersey, and an assortment of other currency from around the globe, which ignited some fabulous discussion.
Shirley Jervis, Year 2 Class Teacher
Year 3 In Step For Classic Scottish Ceilidh
The undoubted highlight of Year 3’s busy week was a heart-warming demonstration of Scottish ceilidh dancing. Furthermore, we were delighted that lots of mums and dads could join the children to celebrate Burns Night; first to watch and then to join the children on the dancefloor. The children were fantastic, demonstrating reels and do-si-dos with confidence and style; calling on skills generally only seen on Strictly! But the best fun was had when the children invited parents and teachers to join in the last dance. Well done to Mrs Oecken for teaching Year 3 such wonderful steps and for their beautiful tartan adornments. In maths, the children are continuing their exploration of multiplication and division with the emphasis on linking the two. The children have got off to a really good start and are finding the product of numbers using expanded multiplication (with and without regrouping and exchanging). In addition, they are learning to divide two-digit numbers by one-digit numbers, with much discussion about the best strategy to use and what on earth to do with remainders!
Stephanie Turner, Year 3 Class Teacher