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27th January 2016

Our Learning Journey

This week in Reception we have been learning about and preparing to celebrate Chinese New Year. We listened and watched the story of the Chinese Zodiac Race and learnt about the zodiac calendar. We discovered we were either born in the year of the rabbit or dragon. The children have really enjoyed this story and recreated their own races in our small world area.

In Maths this week, the children have been looking at adding one more and the concept of addition. We have been using concrete materials, numicon, number lines and our fingers to help us add to amounts together to find our totals. The Chinese Zodiac story has helped us to learn about ordinal numbers and we have enjoyed putting the animals in the correct order and matching them to the correct ordinal number.

The children have been getting creative in our art area where they have had lots of opportunities to create, make and design throughout the week. We have been making money wallets, practising writing our chinese symbols and painting blossom trees.

During Circle Time, we have talked about the traditions of Chinese New Year and how it is celebrated. We have looked at the importance of the colour red and learned lots of interesting facts about Chinese New Year. This has made us think about other festivals that we have learned about during the year and we have looked at the similarities and difference between them all.

The highlight of our week was having our parents come to school for our 'Come and Play' sessions.  Thank you to the parents who took the time to come and visit us. If you missed these sessions, please do not worry as we will have more opportunities coming up throughout the rest of the year. 


This week, students were introduced to the concept of time. They learnt the vocabulary for day and night in Mandarin. The children also listened to a story in Mandarin about day and night. A strokes writing activity was carried out in class to help build foundation in students’ writing skills. Please refer to the link for the flashcards containing vocabulary words and key grammar structure. https://quizlet.com/_2zuv18   

Physical Education

This week the children have been introduced to jumping with two feet. They have been learning to swing their arms back to propel them further. They have also been shown briefly how to land appropriately for a successfully balanced landing.


In Music this week, your children have learned how Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart used both solemn and ‘lighthearted’ musical ideas in his Overture to set the scene for the full opera, The Magic Flute. 

Continuing Our Learning Journey at Home

There will be no homework for the short break of Chinese New Year, please enjoy the festivities.  

After our 'Come and Play' session, some parents asked about the learning outcomes and what is covered each week. As we follow the children's interest we adapt our planning of the learning outcomes to suit the topics, children's needs and abilities individually. We have therefore attached a link to the learning outcomes for each area of learning, which is broken down into age groups. Please take a look to gain an understanding of what is expected of your child during their year in Reception.



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