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Week Beginning 16 January 2017

After a busy first week we are so impressed at how quickly children have settled back into their school routines. Thank you to all the parents for your support in this.


  • Please remember to ensure that your child’s water bottle and snack box are labelled, as well as any new coats or jackets they may have, this helps us very much when items do occasionally go astray.
  • A polite reminder to all parents that photographing and videoing the children in school is not allowed.
  • Thursday 26 January will be the annual ‘Wear Red Day’ for the Chinese New Year celebration.  There will also be a Dragon dance at approximately 8:30am (once buses have arrived).  Parents are welcome to watch.

LEARNING THEME: Chinese New Year the Year of the Rooster.

This year the Chinese New Year Celebrations arrive early! We will begin to start talking with the children about this important time of year and all the dfferent cultural events and activities which take place. We will be talking about the story behind Chinese New Year, also known as the Great Race, and we will be trying out traditional crafts and arts and maybe foods too!


We will be listening to the stories of Chinese New Year, retelling them with props both found and made.  The children will be invited to act the stories in roleplay reinforcing their own story telling skills.


Story, beginning, next, then,  middle, ending. The animals of the Chinese Zodiac; monkey, dragon, pig, goat, horse, snake, rat, dog, ox, tiger, rabbit, rooster

Development Outcomes

Listening and Attention:

Listen to stories, accurately anticipating key events and respond to what they hear with relevant comments, questions or actions.

Understanding the world – People and Communities:

Know about similarities  and differences between themselves and others, and among communities and traditions.


The children will continue to progress with their ‘Letters and Sounds’ working with class teachers throughout the week to consolidate their phonic skills, learning new sounds when they are ready. Please check your child’s Phonics pack for new sounds, tricky words and common sight words to practise at home in line with their learning at school.


As the Chinese New Year Story is all about the animals competing in a race we will be using this to look at ordinal numbers, 1st, 2nd, 3rd etc.


 1st ,first, 2nd ,second, 3rd , third, 4th, forth, 5th, fifth, 6th sixth, 7th, seventh,  8th, eighth, 9th, ninth, 10th, tenth, 11th, eleventh, 12th, twelfth

Development Outcomes


Children count reliably with numbers to 20, place them in order and say which is one more or one less than a given number.


‘The Reception Cubs have Talent!’ Before the holiday each class will be performing a dance for the rest of the Cubs. Each class will choose a piece of music and develop their own movements, making props and learning a routine to perform to the other classes.


Dance, move, step

Development Outcomes

Exploring & Using Media and Materials

Begins to build a repertoire of songs and dances.

Being Imaginative

Initiates new combinations of movement and gesture in order to express and respond to feelings, ideas and experiences.


THEME:  We will start talking about Chinese New Year.

SONG:  包饺子(baojiaozi), 新年好(xinnianhao)

ACTIVITY: Making dumplings包饺子( baojiaozi)

STORY: 十二生肖的故事 (shier shengxiao de gushi)


Happy Chinese New Year  新年快乐 (xinniankuaile)    Dumplings 饺子(jiaozi)

The year of the Rooster鸡年 (jinian)  


De kinderen van groep 1 hebben zich de voorbije week ondergedompeld in de gekleurde wereld van Eefje Donkerblauw en Koning Goudgeel.  Op verzoek van de kinderen voegen we deze week ridders en jonkvrouwen  toe aan ons sprookjestafereel.  In `Held op sokken ` van Bette Westera en The Tjong-Khing maken we gehakt van een gemene draak .  Wie is er de echte held in het verhaal?

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