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Week Beginning 26 March 2018

MESSAGES

  • Please remember, the last day of this term is Thursday 29 March. The children will attend school as normal on this day. We return to school on Monday 9 April.
  • International Parade: This Thursday 29 March at 9:00am the International Parade will take place in the Primary front playground. Students are invited to wear clothing that represents their cultural heritage. If you are able, please come dressed in your national costume and cheer on. Our Chatterbox coffee shop will be open for parents to enjoy a beverage or snack. Early Years children stay in their own class to parade with their teachers and classmates.
  • International Food Fair: On Tuesday 27 March, we will be celebrating international food from our international community. We will have a group snack on this day so that we can talk about the places these foods come from.

OUR LEARNING THEMES

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.

TIGER AND POLAR BEAR CUBS

The children in the unit have been really interested in drawing around their hands and have begun to try the same with their shoes.  Next week we will use our hands for printing and paint our feet to walk on large paper on the floor.

We also had a fun time singing circle songs like “Ring o Roses” and “Hokey Cokey” together on the carpet.

In the Tigers’ classroom, the children have been really excited about the ‘Three Billy Goats Gruff’ book.  We have been using props to retell the story and have set up a small world in our sensory tray.  Next week we will continue to encourage them to retell the story with actions, using masks and a bridge of blocks. We even used an arch in the soft play room as a bridge.  The children added a green mat to use as the delicious green grass and played a wonderful imaginative game.

We have also been making collage pictures on a large scale using sticky paper and using these to decorate our window.  Next week we will continue on this theme by creating more collaborative masterpieces.

There has been lots of excitement this week in Polar Bears class when we added blankets to the tent. The children used this as an opportunity to introduce the song ‘Ten in the Bed’ and act it out..  This opened a link to other counting songs like ‘Ten Little Monkeys’  and ‘Five Little Speckled Frogs’. Unfortunately, due to the weather at the beginning of this week we were unable to take our tent into the outdoor area, so we will continue with this idea next week to see where the children take it. They also extended their interest in holidays this week by introducing a small world beach next to the airport. This is another activity we can extend to our outside sand trays next week.

As part of international week, we will also discuss different countries and will complete a number of international crafts, such as colouring flags.

KEY LINKS

The Three Billy Goats Gruff

Ten in the Bed

Five Little Speckled Frogs

Ring o Roses

Hokey Pokey

BADGER AND BOBCAT CUBS

The children in the Badger class are still showing a keen interest in counting. We will be continuing to sing ‘Five Little Ducks’ and ‘Five Speckled Frogs’, alongside counting to 10. We will also continue to talk about ‘one more’ and ‘one less’. The children will be given access to a range of number and counting resources and we will encourage them to count everything, including jumps, claps, toys and snack boxes! As part of international week, we will also discuss different countries and will complete a number of international crafts, such as colouring flags.

The children in the Bobcat class have been showing a real interest in numbers over the last few weeks. We have started learning ‘Five Little Ducks’ and will learn other counting songs, practising counting up to 10. We will also start to talk about ‘one more’ and ‘one less/ one fewer’. The children will be given access to a range of number and counting resources and we will encourage them to count everything, including jumps, claps, toys and snack boxes!

MANDARIN

Next week is international week. We will talk about “Where are you from?” and show the children national flags.

KEY VOCABULARY

country/guo jia/国家    national flag/guo qi/国旗   colour/yan se/颜色

ACTIVITY

Colour  the  flags/guo qi tu se/国旗涂色

DUTCH

Volgende week staat helemaal in het teken van ` het ei`.  We maken een nest voor de dino-eieren en wachten af tot de jonge dino`s het ei openbreken.  Met het Paasfeest in het vooruitzicht koken we eieren om te schilderen  en maken we een feestelijk eierdop.  Vrolijk Paasfeest!

KERNWOORDENSCHAT

het ei, het jong, de schaal, het nest, broeden, de dop