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Week Beginning 27 March 2017

Thank you to all the parents who have volunteered to share delicious food from their home country!  We (the children and certainly the teachers) are greatly looking forward to the International Week Food Fair on Tuesday 28 March.

MESSAGES

  • Our annual International Week Parade will be on Friday 31 March.  The children can come to school dressed to represent a country of their choice, face paints and flags are warmly encouraged! We hope that you can join us, the parade will start at 9am and we would love to see you there.
  • Due to the international week parade there will be no swimming for all the Nursery children.
  • On Wednesday 29 March we have photographers in school to take photos of new children who have started at school since our last photo day, please ensure that your child is wearing the school uniform Cubs t-shirt to look smart in their school picture.
  • On Wednesday 29 March Neil Griffiths, a well-known children’s book author will be visiting the school to work with KS1 and Early Years. He will be retelling his stories and encouraging the children to participate in an interactive presentation.
  • As the weather changes and becomes warmer, children will be using more water. Please send spare clothes so they can change into dry clothes.
  • The librarians are in school until 4:30 on Mondays and Tuesdays, if you want to come and borrow books, you can set up a family account.

FOX AND PANTHER CLASSES

It has been a very busy week planting and cooking! After our trips to the shop the children made and ate their own vegetable soup using their chosen ingredients.  Our plants are now in the Nursery garden and we will be learning throughout the next week how to care for these including talking about what is needed to help them grow. We are always looking for parents who are excellent gardeners who would like to help develop our garden. Please let your teacher know if you can support!

To follow on from this the children would also like to open their own flower shop. Unfortunately we have planted all our flowers. If you have any spare plants at home (real or fake) or could take your child to the shop to buy a plant for our school shop, we would be very grateful! The children love taking ownership over these role play areas and bringing something special from home to enhance the area.

As the wonderful author Neil Griffiths will be joining us this week, the children will be introduced to many of his books. “Ringo the Flamingo” and “Itchy bear” are great examples. We will use “Sock it” in phonics identify rhyme.

As a group we will talk about where we are from and find our countries on a world map. Are any of us from the same place? Where are you from? Have you been to one of your friend’s home countries?

Alongside this International theme and continuing on from this week’s healthy eating, we will talk about food from around the world and what we like to eat at home. Do we use the same cutlery? Can you use chopsticks? What types of food do we eat with our hands? Tuesday is our food tasting morning… We are very excited!

KEY VOCABULARY

Food, international, flag, country, eat, plant, care, grow, water, soil, sun, fork, spoon, knife, chopsticks.

KEY LINKS

Reading to Children - Tips & Techniques - "Itchy Bear" Neil Griffiths

Reading to Children - Tips & Techniques - "Itchy Bear" Neil Griffiths

Top tips for reading to children by Neil Griffiths

MEERKAT AND WOLF CLASSES

The children loved making chapatti bread this week with Adithan’s mother and  a big thank you to her and Ivan’s mum for helping with this experience. We have been doing a focus on healthy eating by taking the children to the shop and making soup and fruit salad. Thank you to all parents who have helped to support this. The children can now name most fruits and vegetables and have enjoyed handling and preparing food for the soup and fruit salad. The breads, soups and salads have been a great starting point for International Week. On Monday we will introduce the story “Handa’s Surprise” and plant the plants that we bought from our trip. We will continue our focus on the importance of water which was introduced on World Water Day. The children will be learning and thinking about if water was limited and the impact that this would have on plants and our daily lives. On Tuesday we will be joining the school to sample International foods. We will continue to listen to music from other countries and talk about the countries that our parents are from.

As we have been shopping and we have a shop in our role play area, we will read the story “The Shopping Basket”by John Birningham. This story encourages counting and there are some great opportunities for recognising numbers in the illustrations.

The children have been extremely interested in clocks. To encourage number writing we will make clocks with the children. Numbers will also be featured in the outside area by playing ‘What’s the Time Mr. Wolf’.

KEY VOCABULARY

Naming countries, foods, flavours, sweet, spicy, salty, sour, sorting fruits and vegetables, clocks, time and numbers

KEY LINKS

The Shopping Basket

Handa’s Surprise

DUTCH

De Nederlandse peuters en kleuters gaan deze week op stap!  Pre Nursery, Nursery en Reception nemen maandagochtend de schoolbus naar de SRC Family United Clinic waar  Dokter Sarai Van Nietveld ons de kneepjes van het doktersvak zal bijbrengen.  Adem in, adem uit en zeg eens AAAA!

We ronden het thema af met het samenstellen van onze eigen dokters- of politietas.

KERNWOORDENSCHAT

de uitstap, de huisarts, onderzoeken, spreekkamer, wachtkamer, de dokterstas,  de doktersjas, de onderzoekstafel, de weegschaal, het mondkapje

MANDARIN

The children enjoyed making flowers for our spring themed activities. Since it is International week we will talk about different countries and people. We will encourage the children identify  differences between people - colour of skins, hair and eyes. We will also disscuss food from around the world on the food fair day. To follow this theme the children will draw and cut out people from different countries and stick around the earth to show a great friendship.

KEYWORDS

country 国家 (guo jia) ; different不同 (bu tong); world 世界 (shi jie)

KEY LINKS

Song: The Great Friendship 友谊花开 (you yi hua kai)

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