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Week Beginning 18 May 2015

Our trip to the Shanghai Natural Insect Kingdom was a huge success. Thank you to our parent helpers who were a wonderful help and support to the children.


  • Nepal Earthquake Appeal.  Badges and bracelets will be on sale on Monday-Wednesday at a cost of 10 RMB.  On Friday 22 May, children and teachers will also be selling baked goods. Please bring some baked goods, on Friday, to sell and some money to buy!  Please bring individual cakes/biscuits (or bags of biscuits).  They do not have to be home-made but do need to be nut-free! All goods will be sold for 5 or 10 RMB. This is entirely voluntary, but we do encourage lots of students to participate so that we can raise lots of money for charity.
  • Jayia’s Animal Rescue and Bow Meow Coin Collection.  The coin collection continues until early June when the house who collects the most coins will be awarded with a Doggy Trophy to celebrate their support.  Clear your house of 1 yuan coins and support these amazing organisations who help the stray animals in the city.  The funds will then be donated to JAR and Bow Meow to support them with the cost incurred through medicating, taking care of and re-housing these animals in need.  1 yuan coins only please! 
  • Please send any clean boxes or packaging suitable for creative junk construction, egg cartons in particular would be very useful.  These will be used during role play time when the children have access to various play choices linked to our themed learning topic.
  • Please label all school uniform, including PE kit and a sun hat for the warmer weather.  A surprising number of items are found to be unnamed, which causes unnecessary stress and expense for parents.  Named items will be promptly returned to their owner when found.
  • Sunhats can be purchased in the uniform shop, please send a named sunhat for your child’s wellbeing during outside play as the weather is now warming up.


This week we will be linking to our field trip from last week. We will write a recount of the key events and sequence a series of photographs and key memories from our trip. We will use a variety of sentence openers to structure our writing correctly and make sure that we use correct punctuation.


This week in phonics the children will be studying the following sounds or phases:

Stingrays: ‘oa’ and ‘ar’ as in the words oat, boat, car and far

Sharks: ‘o’ sound as in boat, grow, toe and go

Jellyfish: review recently learned sounds (oa, ar, or, igh, ur, ow, oi, ear, er, air, ure) and reading CCVC words.

Pufferfish: ‘ur’ sound as in work, worth and worm

Octopus: alternative pronunciations for i and o


In Maths this week we will be learning about symmetry and patterns. The children will learn about lines of symmetry and how to complete symmetrical patterns. We will make links to our Plants and Insects topic by looking at symmetry in nature. The children will make butterflies that are symmetrical.

Themed Learning- Plants and Insects

This week we will be completing our ant and caterpillar models. The children will use modelling techniques and a series of joining and fixing skills to complete their models. We will also paint our insects using repeating patterns. We will look closely at insect camouflage to help us choose appropriate colours and patterns.

In PSHCE we are drawing on our new knowledge of insect societies to talk about how we can all work together to contribute to the common good.


Literacy – recount, caption, sequence, beginning, middle, end

Maths and Art– symmetry, symmetrical, pattern, reflection

Themed Learning - ants, caterpillars, joining, fixing, colour, patterns, camouflage

PSHCE- working together, team work, achievement


De nadruk lag deze week op de volgorde in een verhaal, uitbreiding van de woordenschat en formeel taalgebruik. We hebben onze kliniek, naast een spreekkamer en wachtkamer, uitgebreid met een receptie. Dus de patiënt meldt zich eerst bij de receptie. De receptionist maakt een afspraak in de agenda bij de dokter. De patiënt wacht in de wachtkamer totdat de dokter de patiënt komt halen. De dokter houdt een patiëntendossier bij. Na de behandeling moet de patiënt afrekenen met de bankpas en krijgt hij de geschreven en gestempelde rekening mee naar huis. Het is echt geweldig om te zien hoe de kinderen hier in op gaan. Zonder dat ze het in de gaten hebben leren ze beleefdheidszinnen, moeilijke woorden zoals behandeling, opvolging, klacht, bankpas, pincode, handtekening, verzekering, dosering, dossier en nog veel meer.

Mandarin Y1MNDC1/2

Topic: Snacks

Core Characters: 蛋糕 dan gao/ cake,冰淇淋 bing qi lin/ice cream,糖果tang guo/ candy,巧克力 qiao ke li/chocolate;点心dian xin/ snacks,棒棒糖 bang bang tang/ lollipop

Core Sentences: 我喜欢吃wo xi huan chi……/ I like to eat….

Activities: Rhyme “大小多少”

Mandarin Y1MNDC3

Topic:   Months and Seasons

Key character: 天tian/day

Key phrases:春天chun tian/spring; 夏天xia tian/summer; 秋天qiu tian/autumn; 冬dong tian/winter; 月yue/month

 Key sentence: … …来了lai le。/… is coming.

Activities:  Making a book of seasons

Mandarin Y1 MNDCN


1)         儿歌: 数小鸡

2)         写用字:毛、的、少、气

3)         认读词语: 数一数、毛衣、你的、多少、生气