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.