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Week Beginning 20 November 2017


  • Save the date: Pre Nursery Christmas Show Friday 8 December
  • Save the date: Christmas Party Wednesday 13 December
  • Thank you to those who have sent in family photos, please email this to your class teacher if you haven’t done so already.
  • Lots of children are celebrating birthdays this term and we love to help you celebrate this special milestone! If you would like to bring in a birthday treat to share please speak to your class teacher about this first. Cupcakes make a wonderful birthday treat as they are already in small portions ready to serve. If you bring a larger cake, you must also provide plates, forks, and a serving tool for cutting the cake. Please ensure all treats are nut free and we ask that you do not bring any balloons, party bags or other treats.
  • Children who are ill need to be at home to recover as we cannot  care for sick children in school and do not want illness to spread to the others. Please see our school policy for these common occurences:

-Diarrhoea (2 or more episodes in 24h that is new or unusual): Stay home for 48 hours since the last episode.

-Vomiting (more than 2 times and/or occurring with fever): Stay home for 48 hours since the last episode of vomiting

-Vomiting (1 isolated occurrence without fever): Stay home for 24 hours since vomiting

-Fever (temperature equal to or more than 37.6 degrees celsius): Stay home 24 hours after the pupil is found fever free without intake of fever lowering medication

If your child is ill, please let your child’s teacher know and also whether the illness is contagious or not.

  • Some of you have been asking for links to the songs your children are singing at school, here is a popular selection of songs your child may know:

Five little monkeys

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star In English

Twinkle, Twinkles In Mandarin

Hokey Pokey Shake

Baby Shark

Clean Up


Each teacher will plan learning experiences that link to the readiness and interests that they observe in the children in their class.  While these separate themes operate in each room, the children know they are free to choose to work in another room.  The planning is specific to each classroom, but not confined to that class, so children have many rich opportunities available to them across the three classrooms.  Mandarin teaching will link into each theme, with the Mandarin speaking staff introducing specific language, books and songs.


We are enjoying our number work, so we will continue this focus for another week or two. One of our favourite songs has sparked an interest in counting, so now we will embark on new learning experiences that involve numbers, counting and the concept of more or less. We will link our counting practice to art, music and PE and experiment with all the different kinds of things we can count – e.g. jumps or listening  to count downs!

Alongside our number work, we will begin a theme around health, doctors and hospitals. This links with interest shown by Bobcats who have seen and participated in a Doctor’s office play set up in the Tigers’s classroom. We will set up our own hospital scene and encourage the children in role play, talking about healthy lifestyle and build opportunities for mark making. This is also a great topic for reinforcing what we know about hand washing, wiping noses and keeping ourselves clean for our health, as well as developing our self-care skills.


Hospital, doctor, sick, healthy, wash hands, wipe nose


During mandarin we will talk about hospital and support the children to play in the doctor role play in Mandarin.


Hospital/yi yuan/医院      doctor/yi sheng/医生      health/jian kang/健康       sick/sheng bing/生病       check/jian cha/检查


Health song/jian kang ge/健康歌


Doctor/yi sheng/医生




In the Badger Classroom, next week we will be talking about pets and animals. The children enjoy looking at pictures of different animals, and completing animal puzzles. We will be getting a visit from some guinea pigs, and we will talk about how to take care of animals. This will include talking about what they eat, how they should be held and about washing hands after touching pets. We will also have a number of activities related to animals, such as art and small world.


Pet, guinea pig, hamster, dog, cat, fish, bird, rabbit


During  Mandarin  we  will  talk  about  pets宠物(chong wu ) and animals  动物(dong wu)


Little  pig  song小猪吃的饱饱(xiao zhu chi de bao bao)


I just want a puppy《我只想要一只小狗》(wo zhi xiang yao yi zhi xiao gou)


pet宠物(chong wu), guinea pig荷兰猪(he lan zhu), hamster仓鼠(cang shu), dog狗(gou), cat猫(mao), fish鱼(yu), bird鸟(niao), rabbit兔子(tu zi)


Little  pig  song小猪吃的饱饱(xiao zhu chi de bao bao)


This week the Tigers have been really interested in exploring role play.  They have been using the giant cube to sit in and read books, play with cars, build a farm and use as a tent.  Some of the chidlren wanted to stand up in the tent so we have aided them by making the roof taller, and the children have added cushions as doors.  We are currently making a Magic Box to put inside the tent, which each day will contain a  different activitiy to try to capture their interest and enhance the use of this area.

In addition the children have been pretending to be sick and to act as doctors .  Over the last few days we have been transforming our role paly area into a doctor’s surgery, adding a  reception desk, doctor instruments , medicines and a bed.  The children have enjoyed being both patients and doctors (though they do like to practise on the teachers!) and we will continue to support their play in this area and use key vocabulary for instructions and equipment.


We will talk about going to the doctor next week and support children play in the doctor role play in Mandarin.


hospital/yi yuan/医院,  doctor/yi sheng/医生,  ill/sheng bing/生病,  check/jian cha/检查,  medicine/yao/药


Health song/jian kang ge/健康歌


Doctor/yi sheng/医生