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Week Beginning 30 October 2017


  • We have had a lovely few weeks in Pre-Nursery, we have been delighted with the children’s behaviour and the positive, constructive ways they are learning to manage their relationships with one another, sharing toys, working and playing together so well.
  • We will soon begin to create a music wall outside using recycled materials.  If you have old pots, pans, metal spoons, or any other kitchen utensils that you are no longer using, we will gladly accept them.
  • Please email us a family photo to your class teacher for the children to look at in learning about themselves and their family.
  • 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.
  • Parent teacher meetings will take place on October 31  and November 2.  If you have asked for an appointment you should have received an appointment time. Please ask your teacher if you are unsure. We look forward to sharing your child’s progress.
  • 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.


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.


Our Bobcats have been showing us that they are enjoying mixing and making things. To extend this interest we will work on making playdough with the children, mixing different things in our water trough (wet and dry), we will also make scones together to eat at school and make a hot (warm) chocolate drink when the children can practise spooning, pouring and mixing. We will include some kitchen role play resources in the classroom to encourage roleplay around mixing, pouring and working with food. Outdoors we will reset our mud and sand kitchen to spark more interest in transferring this interest to outside play. We hope to link this topic also to art and music. We will now extend this with more water play and kitchen role play this week.


Mix, measure, pour, change, spoon, bowl


During mandarin we will talk about food and drink.


食物/shi wu/food     面包/mian bao /bread/      蛋糕/dan gao /cake     饮料/yin liao/drink     果汁/guo zhi/juice   


Decorate   the  cakes/装饰蛋糕


Yummy  cakes  /美味的蛋糕


This week the Badgers have still been showing an interest in sensory play. Next week we will continue to do a range of sensory activities, focusing on the five senses e.g. what we can see, what we can hear. This will include finger painting, making hot chocolate and exploring textures. They have also been enjoying using the outdoor area! Next week we will have a number of activities available outside for the children to explore. This will include using the equipment already available, plus having access to additional resources. We will also use our senses outside, to see what we can hear, see and smell.


Touch, hear, smell, taste, see, mouth, nose, ears, eyes, hands, fingers


This week we will continue learn about our senses and talk about how we use them.


eyes-眼睛(yan jing), nose-鼻子(bi zi), ears-耳朵(er duo), mouth-嘴巴(zui ba), eyebrow-眉毛(mei mao), look-看(kan), smell-闻(wen), listen-听(ting), taste-尝(chang)


 小小眼睛the little eyes(xiao xiao yan jing) , 小手拍拍Clap your hands(xiao shou pai pai)


See the world/kan shi jie/看世界


Here is a link to the little eyes.


This week the Tigers have been interested in independent cutting and sticking activities.  They have found a range of  empty paper cups and small boxes around the classroom and have been decorating these with photos of themselves and their friends.  We will encourage further cutting next week by using more complex shapes and try cutting a  range of materials using scissors, including snipping playdough.  Some children have been sorting objects and vehicles by colour and shape and we will use vehicle, shape and colour templates to guide them further with this.  We will continue using different textures in our sensory tray for exploration. We will also introdcue some basic counting and use number songs to accompany this.


Next week we will continue to talk about transport in Mandarin.


car/jiao che/轿车, train/huo che/火车,bus/gong jiao che/ 公交车,plane/fei ji / 飞机,boat/chuan/船


The train is coming/huo che kai le /火车开了

Take a plane/zuo fei ji/坐飞机


Boats travel/xiao chuan de lv xing/小船的旅行