- Some of our swimmers are not always prepared for our Tuesday swimming lessons, please ensure your little swimmer has their swim suit, hat, goggles and towel.
- Now that the weather is changing, please ensure that your child has the appropriate clothing for outdoors, as we like to enjoy this space in all seasons! e.g. come in raincoat and boots when the weather is wet.
- Please remember we are a nut free school, this means you may not send any nut products at all to school at any time, this includes Nutella, snack bars that contain nuts, nut butters, nut oils or nuts.
- For the safety of all the children, please ensure the small gate is closed as you come in and out every morning. This is the indoor gate in the corridor as you approach the pre-nursery area.
- All of the children now have Tapestry posts available for families to view online. We value your feedback on these so please do comment, and add your own photos and notes about learning you are seeing outside of school.
- Registration for the HSK (Chinese Proficiency Test) is now open to adults and students. The HSK test will be held on Saturday 11 November 2017. Please see the attached registration form for information. Full documentation and payment for HSK test must be received by Monday 9 October 2017.
- We are looking for parents who are able to volunteer their time to help with our Early Years Library. This would include keeping the books in order, scanning books in and out, reading to children, demonstrating book care and making the book area looking inviting. Please email Liz Peacock if you would like to volunteer. firstname.lastname@example.org
SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT: WHEN CHILDREN HIT OUT
Many children in early childhood go through a phase when their verbal skills and ability to express themselves cannot keep up with their emotional development and social skills, and this can lead to hitting. Children hit for many reasons, this is rarely a malicious act, and is generally a young child trying hard to express themselves. Teachers are very aware of the children who may be going through this phase and work closely with them to help them move on to the next step. We use language like: “Hitting hurts”, “no hitting” and “gentle hands” to respond to hitting, and remove that child from the area they were playing in. We make sure we work closely with all of our children, to ensure that we build positive relationships and offer lots of praise and positive reinforcement for friendly, gentle and appropriate playing, so that the children quickly learn which behaviours we like to see! We teach the children to say “sorry” if they have hurt someone, whether by accident or by hitting, and help them to find better ways to express themselves. With support, understanding and consistency, children generally move on from this stage in a short time.
OUR LEARNING THEMES
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.
BOBCAT CLASS ROOM
In the Bobcats’ class lots of children have shown a strong interest in colour and colour mixing, we saw this when we painted our train boxes and when we used the little cars in paint to make art. This week we will be looking for ways to work with colour. We will be using primary colours to paint and mix colours, using coloured resources in the sensory and water tray to mix and work with, and using multicoloured playdough. We will link this to language development by learning the names of colours in both English and Mandarin, and by singing songs about colour too. We will focus on primary colours initially and let this extend to lots of further colours throughout the week.
During Mandarin we will talk about different colours .
red /hong se /红色，green/lv se/绿色，yellow/huang se/黄色， purple/zi se/紫色，blue/lan se/蓝色，orange/cheng se/橙色，colour/yan se/颜色
Colour Song/yan se ge/颜色歌
The little mouse learning to paint/xiao lao shu xue hua hua/小老鼠学画画
BADGER CLASS ROOM
In Badgers’ class, the children have been interested in the textures of different objects. They have been using their sense of touch to explore the different textures we have in the classroom and outside. This week we will be investigating different textures. This will include a range of resources being available in the water tray, to allow opportunities for the children to discover and explore. We will use the language of textures, such as hard, soft, smooth, rough, to aid the children in their learning.
This week we will talk about friends, and how to share with our friends.
friends/peng you /朋友，share/fen xiang/分享，toys/wan ju /玩具
Friends/zhao peng you /找朋友
Draw a picture of my friends and me/hua wo he wo de peng you/画我和我的朋友
TIGER CLASS ROOM
The Tigers have been really interested in washing babies in our water tray and changing nappies using latex gloves. The children began experimenting with filling the glove with water and adding colour. We will continue investigating this by adding a range of gloves filled with coloured water and coloured ice to our sensory tray and exploring what will happen.
There has also been a strong interest in using watercolours to paint insects, dinosaurs and other creatures. The children have looked carefully at the colours and tried to replicate these or mix colours of their own. We will continue to capture their interest in this by guiding them with colour mixing and discuss and name the colours.
The children have been interested in using some new Mandarin apps on the class iPad. We will be encouraging them to access these to play games related to colour and supporting their language. We will also read some simple stories in Mandarin using a digital storybook.