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Week Beginning 30 October 2017


  • Children who are ill need to be at home to recover as we cannot  care for sick children in school and do not want illness to spread to the others. Please see our school policy for these common occurences:

-Diarrhoea (2 or more episodes in 24h that is new or unusual): Stay home for 48 hours since the last episode.

-Vomiting (more than 2 times and/or occurring with fever): Stay home for 48 hours since the last episode of vomiting

-Vomiting (1 isolated occurrence without fever): Stay home for 24 hours since vomiting

-Fever (temperature equal to or more than 37.6 degrees celsius): Stay home 24 hours after the pupil is found fever free without intake of fever lowering medication

If your child is ill, please let your child’s teacher know and also whether the illness is contagious or not.

  • Please remember we are a nut free school, this means you may not send any nut products at all to school at any time, this includes Nutella, snack bars that contain nuts, nut butters, nut oils or nuts.
  • In Nursery, we are trying to promote the children’s independence. Please can you help at home by asking your child to put on their own socks and shoes.
  • We are looking for parents who are able to volunteer their time to help with our Early Years Library. This would include keeping the books in order, scanning books in and out, reading to children, demonstrating book care and making the book area looking inviting. Please email Liz Peacock ( If you would like to volunteer.
  • Parent teacher meetings will take place on October 31  and November 2.  If you have asked for an appointment you should have received an appointment time. Please ask your teacher if you are unsure. We look forward to sharing your child’s progress.


The children have really enjoyed listening to Julia Donladson stories so this week we will focus on ‘Room on The Broom’. The children will have the story read to them and we will also watch a short animation. We will discuss with the children any similarities and differences between the book and the animation. To link in with this story we will have a spooky theme for the week. The children will make their own spooky headbands and decorate cookies as either spiders or pumpkins. Have you seen any spooky decorations in the shops?

We will have a shape focus and we will assess what shapes the children already know. We will use child friendly hammers and nails in Mandarin to make some shape pictures. We will also cut and stick shapes to make different pictures as our English focus.

The children have enjoyed practising to write their names this week. We will extend this by using big name templates that the children can use to form their names with playdough. The children will make black playdough so they will also have the opportunity to make spiders or witches.


Room on the Broom

Shape Song


Witch, pumpkin, spider, ghost, square, circle, rectangle, triangle, side, corner, straight, curved


Shapes  Song形状歌


Square(正方形), circle(圆形), rectangle(长方形), triangle(三角形), side(边), corner(角), straight(直线), curved(波浪)


In both the Meerkats’ and the Wolves’, pupils have been successfully selecting their name without their photograph attached to self-register. Building upon this, children have been exploring the shape and letters within their name, forming it with play dough. During this activity, pupils have been encouraged to talk about the letter names and the phonetic sound for each letter. 

Following the children’s interest in transport, we have begun to create an outdoor workshop. Children have been inspired to use tools and equipment to role play a garage, developing their language and turn taking. Their interest in digit recognition and counting continues, with learners playing games with each other, replicating activities that they have done with their teachers. As their interest grows, we have begun to talk about journeys to space. Next week we are going to build a rocket ship and begin our discovery of space. Through a variety of stories and activities, Children will have the opportunity to learn about space travel. We will also enhance their understanding of measure through discussions about height and distance.


From Jack and the Beanstalk, there has been a strong interest in castles. After reading it this week the children began talking about castles so we added castles and props to the small world play. This has motivated a lot of creative story-telling particularly amongst the boys. We will continue to support and add to this interest by making a writing and mark making area alongside the small world imaginative play. Teachers will be scribing the children’s stories, reading them back and encourage children to draw pictures to go with their work.

This week all of the Meerkats’ will do measuring and comparing. We will find out who is the tallest and who is the smallest. We will also measure things in the environment predictions.

 A new focus story will be introduced this week called ‘The Little Red Hen’. This is traditional tale and will lead to some interesting conversations about supporting and helping each other.

On Friday we will be making a birthday cake and celebrating Ayca’s birthday.




Let’s Get On the Rocket!  坐火箭 (zuo huo jian)


Little Astronaut  小小宇航员   (xiao xiao yu hang yuan)


Rocket 火箭 (huo jian), Astronaut 宇航员, Universe 宇宙 (yu zhou), Fly Up High飞得高高的(fei shang tian)



Dwarfs and Giant小人和巨人 (xiao ren he ju ren)


Big大(da), small小(xiao), long长(chang), short短(duan), tall高(gao), short矮(ai), days of the week星期(xing qi), Sunday星期日, Monday星期一, Tuesday星期二, Wednesday星期三, Thursday星期四, Friday星期五, Saturday星期六,


Deze week gaan we op zoek naar de `Grote Gevaarlijke Grompel`.   Heb jij ooit al een  Grompel gezien?  We  gaan samen op `Grompeltocht` .  Wat neem jij mee?   We maken een donker, duister Grompelparcours   en komen allerlei obstakels tegen.  De Grompel blijkt toch niet zo eng en trakteert ons op een theepartijtje!


monster, schattig, griezelig, klauwen,  vacht, brullen, stampen, grommen, schaduw