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Week Beginning 12 February 2018

Happy New Year! Xinnian kuaile ,gongxi facai! Please take our best wishes to you and your families for a very happy family celebration time together. We will see you back at school on Monday 26th February.


  • Thank you for coming to support our Chinese New Year celebration it was wonderful to see all of the families who were able to attend on Friday and support the activities and experiences on offer. We were delighted to have you here.


After the holiday we will have a reading focus on ‘The Three Little Pigs’. The children will participate in many activities related to this story, such as making houses of straw, sticks and bricks and drawing pictures of their favourite part of the story. We would appreciate any donations of cardboard boxes to help make our houses. We will also work with small groups to see if the children can sequence the story in the correct order using pictures. Some of the children might like to act out the story using masks and puppets.

After a two week break, we will re-visit the Nursery Rhymes that the children learned before the holiday and add the rhyme ‘This Little Piggy went to market’. The children have enjoyed playing listening games in small groups, we will extend this by playing a ‘Guess the Instrument’ game.


1,2,3,4,5, Once I Caught a Fish Alive 

Hickory Dickory Dock 

This Little Piggy

The Three Little Pigs 


Pig, wolf, house, straw, bricks, sticks, blow, chimney


“This Little Piggy”


In Mandarin, the children will also learn the story of ‘The Three Little Pigs’ and complete a craft activity related to this story.


pig,猪 wolf大灰狼, house房子, straw稻草, bricks砖头, sticks树枝 blow吹, chimney烟囱


What a fantastic experience all of the children had in the lead up to Chinese New Year. It was so lovely to learn about the culture and customs of our host country and for our Chinese nationals to have their culture celebrated.

The children have been enthusiastic about the Year of the Dog so we will now be introducing stories and songs about dogs at group times.

‘The Dog That Dug’ will be a lovely way for us to introduce re-cycling, reusing and reducing which, is an area that the whole school would like to promote to greater level. During the first week back we will ask the children to bring in a toy dog from home and we will create a dog’s picnic and café. We will also be asking for children to bring photos of their pet dogs from home if they have one.

We have some very creative children in both classes. We will enhance creativity by making puppets using socks. We are expecting some children will make dog puppets. This will lead to increased development of language skills as the children will be encouraged create puppet shows.

Mathematical skills will be extended as the children will do a lot of problem solving, measuring, estimating and counting as the children build and construct dog kennels using blocks and recycled materials.

Children have been  keen to investigate naming and ordering numbers to 100 this week and have been applying their skills  and knowledge to other areas such as the construction area where they have been using the bricks to build tall towers, discussing who has “more, less, fewer and the same as”.

All of the children are making great progress with copying their names. The children are now being encouraged to read the name labels of their peers by making links with the first letter sound.


More, fewer, same as, dog, puppy, kennel, tail, ears, nose, bone, puppet


‘The Dog That Dug’ by Jonathan Long

‘Some Dogs Do’ by Jez Albourgh


 After the Chinese holiday it will be the Chinese lantern festival so we will talk about the traditions and cultures. Since it is the year of the dog, we will read children a story about dog and they can create a dog lantern.


 Lisa wants a dog 丽莎想要一只狗 (li sha xiang yao yi zhi gou)


 A Little Dog! 一只哈巴狗 (yi zhi ha ba gou)


gog狗(gou),Bone骨头(gu tou),Lantern灯笼(deng long), Lantern Festival 元宵节(yuan xiao jie)


Naar aanleiding van het boek `De verhalenmachine`   schrijven en tekenen we deze week onze eigen verhalen voor het podium.    Aan de hand van ons `Doosje vol verhalen`  creëren we steeds nieuwe avonturen met heksen, elfjes en een enorm roos konijn!


het verhaal, de plaatjes, de woorden, de letters, de machine

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