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Week Beginning 6 November 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.
  • Thank you to all those who came to meet with your child’s class teacher last week, it is always useful to have the opportunity to share the children’s learning both at home and at school.
  • A reminder that Friday 10 November is a teachers only day for staff development, and Monday and Tuesdays are school holidays. Enjoy this break with your family and we look forward to seeing all the children back rested and ready for school on Wednesday 15 November.


The children have enjoyed learning about the shapes this week so we will carry this on next week and also introduce patterns. The children will be making simple repeating patterns with the shapes. For example: circle, square, circle, square. We will use large shapes and magnetic shapes to make our patterns.

We will also be doing a shape hunt around school. We will take photos of all the different shapes we find around school and try to name them.

On the playdough table, the children will be able to practise making different shapes. The children will be able to use the coloured beads to make patterns when making bracelets. We will also be making patterns with the coloured buttons.

The children have absolutely loved the story of ‘Room on the Broom’ so we will carry on reading this next week. Also we will paint some large characters from the story – The witch, cat, dog, bird, frog and dragon.


Shape Song


Square, circle, rectangle, triangle, side, corner, straight, curved, witch, dog, cat, frog, bird, dragon, broom


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)pattern( 图案)


Pupils in both classes have been involved in measure activities this week, using the tape measures around the environment to measure lengths and heights and developing their mathematical vocabulary such as longer, shorter, same as, as well as recognising numbers on the tools used for measure.

Children are continuing to use playdough to make the shape of their names, exploring the letters and  sounds within.

The children have been motivated by a letter that was sent from Marty the Martian who is lost in space. They have been challenged to help Marty get back to his home planet. To do this they need to help design and create a space rocket, using junk materials. We will also be encouraging them to learn more about space, identifying the planets , the sun and the moon. Children will be responding to his challenge by writing reply letters to Marty, asking him questions to help complete the challenge. The pupils will have access to space books in our class libraries . Number skills will be encouraged through the context of space activities and games.

We thought it would be a great idea for the children from the Wolf class to come and share the letter from Maryu the Martian with the children in the Meerkats’ class. We hope this letter will inspire the children in the Meerkats to want to learn about planets, astonouts and space in the coming weeks.

Its been a busy week in the kichen for the Meerkats’. On Monday we baked bread, on Tuesday we made playgough and on Friday we made Ayca’s birthday cake. These acitivities were so popular that we are going to be doing a lot more bread making with children in both classes in the coming weeks. I would love the children to learn about breads from around the world so if you have any bread recipes from your own or other cultures pleas eand would like to join us for some baking please let Ms Hollins know.

Children love being involved in cooking experiences and it stimulates so much mathematical and scientific learning. If you want to try baking the bread we made this week with children at home pleas e see the recipe below.


1 package (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast

2-1/4 cups warm water (110° to 115°)

3 tablespoons sugar

1 tablespoon salt

2 tablespoons canola oil

6-1/4 to 6-3/4 cups all-purpose flour


In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Add the sugar, salt, oil and 3 cups flour. Beat until smooth. Stir in enough remaining flour, 1/2 cup at a time, to form a soft dough.

Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, 8-10 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease the top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1-1/2 hours.

Punch dough down. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; divide dough in half. Shape each into a loaf. Place in two greased 9x5-in. loaf pans. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 30-45 minutes.

Bake at 375° for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown and bread sounds hollow when tapped. Remove from pans to wire racks to cool. Yield: 2 loaves (16 slices each).




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


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


We will talk about the planets this week for Mandarin. They will try to describe what’s in the  universe and create a picture. We will be continue talking about the rocket and they can use different shapes to make a rocket.


Whatever Next!  然后呢 (ran hou ne)


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


Rocket火箭(huo jian), Sun 太阳 (tai yang),  Moon 月亮 (yue liang), Earth地球 (di qiu), Alien外星人 (wai xing ren)



What Ever Next! 然后呢


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), counting backwark 10-0倒数(dao shu)


Deze week gaan we van start met een nieuw thema :  `Feest`.  We gaan op ontdekking naar allerlei feestelijke gelegenheden en bespreken wat er allemaal hoort bij een feest.  Samen stellen we een feestkalender op en bekijken welke feesten er zoal in aantocht zijn: Filips verjaardag, Sinterklaas, Kerstmis en Nieuwjaar!  Heel wat redenen om te feesten!


feest, verjaardag, feesthoed, taart, wenskaart, kalender , slinger, ballonnen

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