As Tet approaches, you can see all the wonderful decorations and displays going up around us in the classrooms and ELCs. The teachers are very excited and the children have been learning about all aspects of the Tet festival. Everyone has discussed the special clothes that they will wear, the food they will eat, the fireworks displays they may watch, cleaning and decorating their houses. All the classes have been practicing their special songs on their Vietnamese day and F3 will perform in front of the whole Primary for the Primary Tet Assembly on Wednesday 30th January at 9am.
We can also look forward to a special visitor who will visit each classroom and talk about Chung Cakes and give all the children the opportunity to make some. They may choose to either eat it or take it home with them. This wonderful experience will allow all the children to play a part in these special traditions and learn lots of cooking and physical skills at the same time.
Everyone is also excited about the special Tet Fair on Saturday 26th January. We hope that you can all make it. Tickets went home with your children earlier this week, so please check their bags.
On another note, the F3 children took home their special reading bags this week. Inside the bag they have a list of the rhymes linked to the ten sounds they have learnt so far including m, a, s, d, t, I, n, p, g and o. Please encourage your child to use the letter fans to practice recalling the different sounds and rhymes that they know. Some of the sounds are stretchy such as ‘mmmmmountain’ and some of them are bouncy such as ‘a-a-a-a-apple’. We have also included green and red word cards. The green word cards show words that the children can sound out. They will include the letter sounds they have learnt so far; they can sound each letter out and blend them together to complete the word. The red words are more tricky words and cannot be sounded out but just have to be learnt by sight.
They will also receive a note book to help them with recognizing their sounds and with reading simple words. In their library bags, they will get an additional Oxford Reading Tree picture book. Please look at the pictures with your child and allow them time to talk about what is happening in their own words. It is important for them to be able to describe pictures and what is happening in stories before they read the full sentences underneath.
Please don’t forget to put the dates in your diary for the Primary Tet Assembly on Wednesday 30th January at 9am and the Tet Fair on Saturday 26th January. All the children can dress up for these events.