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Week Beginning 5 February 2018


  • In our classrooms we will be learning about some new animal friends who will help us to be our best, such as ‘Persevering Parrots’, ‘Trying Turtles’ and ‘Proud Peacocks’. Watch this space to hear more about them.
  • Chinese New Year Celebrations - We are excited about our upcoming celebrations in school and at the weekend fair on Sunday 4 February.
  • Friday 9 February - We invite parents to come and celebrate with your children from 9.30am and take part in some Chinese New Year activities with the children. You and your child are also invited to dress up  for ‘Red day’ in your favourite red clothes, or Chinese style clothing.


This week we will continue our preparations for Chinese New Year. The children will make Chinese dragon puppets which will allow them to practise their cutting skills. The children will also decorate Hong Baos and have a go at writing some Chinese characters.

On Friday  the parents are invited into school for a Chinese New Year celebration. We will have different activities for the children to do with their parents, these include  making sweet dumplings and sugar cold fruit, making Chinese fans and also dog masks.

This week the children will learn two new nursery rhymes; ‘1,2,3,4,5 Once I Caught A Fish Alive’ and ‘Hickory Dickory Dock.’ We will encourage the children to learn these rhymes to improve their listening skills and build up their knowledge of these traditional rhymes. The children will also be playing some listening games, where the children need to close their eyes and listen carefully for who took the bunch of keys. The children have been listening very carefully to hear and identify the initial sound in their names and some other familiar words so we will continue this throughout next week.


1,2,3,4,5, Once I Caught a Fish Alive 

Hickory Dickory Dock 


Chinese New Year, dragon, Zodiac, animals, rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, pig, dragon, snake, goat, monkey, rooster, dog, horse, Hong Bao, fan, Chinese characters, listen, sound, hear


1,2,3,4,5 Once I Caught A Fish Alive

Hickory Dickory Dock


In Mandarin, the children will be continuing to learn the ‘Happy New Year’ song in Chinese. They will also listen to the story of ‘The Great Race’ about the animals of the Zodiac.


The Great Race 十二生肖的故事 


Happy New Year新年好


Zodiac生肖(sheng xiao), animals动物(dongwu), rat老鼠(lao shu), ox牛(niu), tiger老虎(laohu), rabbit兔子(tuzi), pig猪(zhu), dragon龙(long), snake蛇(she), goat羊(yang), monkey猴(hou), rooster鸡(ji), dog狗(gou), horse马(ma), Hong Bao红包(hongbao), fan扇子(shanzi), Chinese characters汉字(hanzi) 


This week children have enjoyed preparing for Chinese New Year and we have begun to discuss the customs and traditions associated with this time of year. We have started to retell the story of the 12 signs of the zodiac in both Mandarin and English. The children are experiencing a variety of stories which show them ways of celebrating and enjoying  traditional music, encouraging them to move and dance.

On Friday  the parents are invited into school for a Chinese New Year celebration. We will have different activities for the children to do with their parents, these include  making sweet dumplings and sugar cold fruit, making Chinese fans and also dog masks.

Children have been  keen to investigate naming and ordering numbers to 100 this week and have been applying their skills  and knowledge to other areas such as the construction area where they have been using the bricks to build tall towers, discussing who has more, less, fewer and the same as.

Listening skills continue to be encouraged this week, as we develop the children’s vocabulary to help them describe what they are hearing.  They continue to retell the Gingerbread story and after using playdough to make their own Gingerbread, the children have suggested making a chocolate one! If anyone has a Gingerbread mould that would be much appreciated. 


Ox, rat, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, goat, monkey, rooster, dog, pig

Hong bao, dragon dance, lantern, silk fan


We will continue our Chinese New Year celebration this week. We will talk about the traditions and cultures of what will people do during the Chinese New Year. We will read children a story about “Nian”(the monster). They will try to use Chinese writing brush to write some Chinese Characters as well.


Zodiac 十二生肖的故事 (shi er sheng xiao de gu shi)

Then Legend of  Nian 年兽的传说


Congratulations! 恭喜恭喜 (gong xi gong xi)


Monster Nian年兽(nian shou),  Chinese New Year中国新年(zhong guo xin nian),  Year of the Dog狗年(gou nian),Zodiac生肖(sheng xiao),Lantern灯笼(deng long),Dragon/Lion Dance舞龙舞狮(wu long wu shi)


Deze week  creëren we onze eigen verhalen op het podium.  Hoe begint een verhaal? Wat is het einde?  Ben jij een prinses, een reus, een haai of een superheld?  Onze peuters en kleuters worden volleerde acteurs.


het verhaal, het podium, de prinses,  de reus, de superheld, de koning, de haai, de draak