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Week Beginning 18 September 2017


  • Some of our swimmers are not always prepared for our Tuesday swimming lessons, please ensure your little swimmer has their swim suit, hat, goggles and towel.
  • 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.
  • For the safety of all the children, please ensure the small gate is closed as you come in and out every morning.  This is the indoor gate in the corridor as you approach the pre-nursery area.
  • All of the children now have Tapestry posts available for families to view online. We value your feedback on these so please do comment, and add your own photos and notes about learning you are seeing outside of school.
  • Registration for the HSK (Chinese Proficiency Test) is now open to adults and students. The HSK test will be held on Saturday 11 November 2017. Please see the attached registration form for information. Full documentation and payment for HSK test must be received by Monday 9 October 2017.


Each teacher will plan learning experiences that link to the readiness and interests that they observe in the children in their class.  While these separate themes operate in each room, the children know they are free to choose to work in another room.  The planning is specific to each classroom, but not confined to that class, so children have many rich opportunities available to them across the three classrooms.  Mandarin teaching will link into each theme, with the Mandarin speaking staff introducing specific language, books and songs.


Our transport theme is still going well with lots of interest from the children, so we will continue with this.  The children are also enjoying having the trainset in our classroom now. We will be planning activities and learning opportunities around vehicles this week.  Take the time to talk to your child about vehicles they see in their world and feel free to share with us any learning you see taking place. In the classroom this week you will see Small World, Art, Sensory Play and other learning experiences related to vehicles.

Some parents have expressed a concern about their child knowing how to use scissors safely and appropriately, so we will also be working on scissor skills this week.  There will be learning activities for children to practise their cutting skills and we will reinforce our learning around carrying scissors safely and returning them safely to our art unit.


We  will  talk  about  transport in Mandarin and share some simple vehicle stories.

Key   vocabulary

car/jiao che/轿车         bus/ gong jiao che /公交车          train/ huo che /火车             plane/fei ji /飞机

Song:  take a plane/zuo fei ji/坐飞机


We are thinking about how we might incorporate some cooking or food preparation into our classroom planning in the coming days or weeks as the Badgers have been enjoying playing with the role play food and cooker! They were all fascinated by the dish wash in the water tray and they have been using the plastic food on their newly cleaned plates. Due to this clear interest in food and cooking, learning activities and opportunties for next week will be planned around food and cooking. We will be learning the names of some of the foods, reading stories such as ‘Beautiful Bananas’ and role playing in the kitchen. Please share any learning you see at home based around food and cooking and talk to your child about their favourite foods.


During  Mandarin  we  will  talk  about  healthy food .We will sing and read food songs  and stories.


healthy /jian kang /健康, food/shi wu/食物,vegetable /shu cai/蔬菜,fruit/shui guo/水果


Healthy  fruits  song/jian kang shui guo ge/健康水果歌

The Very Hungry Caterpillar 《好饿的毛毛虫》


The Tigers have been really interested in listening to and retelling the story ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’. We will continue reading this and repeating phrases from the story as well as adding actions and role play to accompany this. We will link the sounds in the story to music and use mucial instruments to accompany the movements.

Some of the children have been inspired by one of our class members sharing cooking photos from home and have begun to use playdough to make cookies.  We will extend this over the next few weeks by making and mixing our own playdough, using rollers and cutters to make playdough cookies, and adding decorations to these. 


The children have been using Compare Bears in Mandarin, by naming colours and lining them up and counting them. We will support children in counting and extending their mathematical by grouping bears and saying which group has ‘more’ or ‘less’  or adding ‘one more’ to a line.

KEY LINKS 颜色歌 数数歌