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Week Beginning 1 February 2016

Please remember that Parent-Teacher Conferences will take place on Tuesday 2nd and Thursday 4th February. We look forward to seeing you then. If you have not yet made an appointment and would like to come please contact your child’s class teacher.

MESSAGES

  • Chinese New Year ‘Red Day’– this will take place on Friday 5 February, children may wear Chinese style clothing or something red on this day.
  • A gentle reminder to check your child’s communication book each day for any notes from your child’s class teacher.  You can also find a timetable showing your child’s PE, swimming and library slots.  Please double check that you are sending them with the correct equipment each day. 
  • We are seeing lots of runny noses in school. Please do check if your child is well enough to be here. If your child has a fever our school policy is the child should not return to school until they have been without fever for 24 hours and if they have had any sickness or diarrhea they should stay home for 48 hours after the last episode. Thank you for your continued support with keeping our children healthy!
  • Even though it is a little chilly and wet outside the children still use the outdoor environment during their playing and learning time.  Please ensure your child has a warm coat, hat and gloves with them each day.  When it is rainy they need a water proof layer with hood and waterproof boots. Please make sure all items are clearly labeled. 
  • The Early Years Cubs entrance will be closed from 9am till 3.30pm. Throughout the day you can use the Main Primary school entrance instead. Attendance registers need to be completed by 8.50. If your child comes later than that please can you sign them in at Main Primary Reception. Many thanks.
  • Uniform sale:  We will be having another Used Uniform sale on Tuesday 2 February from 3.30pm-4.30pm in The Gallery. Please bring any clean, good quality, old uniforms to the Primary Reception over the next few weeks.

LEARNING THEME: Chinese New Year ‘The Year of the Monkey’

Our Big Question is: How do we celebrate Chinese New Year?

Chinese New Year is fast approaching! The Reception Cubs have been busy learning the story of how the animals that represent each year were selected. We will develop this learning by exploring how some people celebrate Chinese New Year, and in particular we will look at different types of dance and decorations. 

LITERACY

We will revisit the story of Chinese New Year, reminding ourselves of the characters involved.  We will then explore different styles of Chinese dance and work together to choose and learn our class favourite.  We will then perform this to the other Reception classes.  We will also explore wishing tree wishes, discussing in groups about what we would wish for.  We will draw pictures of our wishes and place them in red envelopes.  Ask your child what they would wish for?

Key Vocabulary:  Chinese New Year, monkey, dragon, pig, goat, horse, snake, rat, dog, ox, tiger, rabbit, rooster, wish, dance, decoration, likes, dislikes, move. 

Development Outcomes:

Speaking

Children express themselves effectively, showing awareness of listeners' needs.

Understanding the world – People and Communities

Know about similarities and differences between themselves and others, and among communities and traditions.

Making  Relationships

Talk about how they and others show feelings, talk about their own and others’ behaviour, and its consequences and know that some behaviour is unacceptable. They work as part of a group or class and follow rules.

PHONICS

Puffer fish- We will continue to consolidate all the Phase 3 sounds. We will read and write captions and sentences using the sounds that we have been learning. We will continue to read and spell high frequency and tricky words.

Sharks- We will be learning the sounds; ar, or, igh and ur.  We will practise blending for reading and segmentation for spelling.  We will also be reading the tricky words; my, for and too.

Octopus- We will be learning ai and or as well as learning some new tricky words.

Jellyfish- We will introduce the digraph 'ng' whilst recapping sh, th, and ch. We will continue to identify read and write words with these sounds. We will also have a focus on reading and all our tricky words no, go, to, into, the, I, he, she, we, me.

Starfish- We will learn the new phase 3 sounds, j and v and continue to build simple words using all the phase 2 sounds as well. We will practise reading simple captions with phase 2 key words.

MATHS

In Maths this week the children will explore counting backwards from a given number.  They will begin to use a number line to help them identify one less and they will begin to record subtractions. 

Key Vocabulary: number, more, less, subtract, number line, equals, total, how many left?

Development Outcomes:

Number

Children count reliably with numbers to 20, place them in order and say which is one more or one less than a given number.
Children will use quantities and objects to subtract two single-digit numbers and count on or back to find the answer.

MANDARIN

Next week all of children will have a fun, busy week that links with Chinese New Year. We will have some craft activities and be sharing Chinese customs and stories with the children. On Friday- our ‘Red Day’ all of children will have Chinese dancing with their Mandarin teachers.

Vocabulary: happy new year 新年快乐 (xin xian kuai le)   red bag 红包 (hong bao)   congratulation (恭喜) gongxi   monkey king  美猴王 (mei hou wang)

DUTCH

Koning Leeuw is jarig.  Vogelspin heeft een verrrukkelijke taart gemaakt voor de jarige Koning Leeuw.  Als hij zich omdraait is het lekkerste stukje van de taart verdwenen....Wie heeft er van de taart gesnoept?

We maken taarten in verschillende smaken en vormen voor de dieren uit het woud. Hoe ziet jouw favoriete taart eruit?  Ken jij nog woorden met de `t` van taart  vooraan? 

Op dinsdag 2 en donderdag 4 februari vinden de oudergesprekken weer plaats. Maak zeker een afspraak met juf Cindy of juf Chris. We streven ernaar de Cito-resultaten mee te kunnen geven, maar zullen dit niet bij alle kinderen redden.