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Week Beginning 1 February 2016

Chinese New Year ‘Red Day’– this will take place on Friday 5 February; the children may wear Chinese style clothing or something red on this day.



  • Parent-Teacher Conferences will take place on Tuesday 2nd and Thursday 4th February. We look forward to seeing you then.  If you have not yet made an appointment and would like to come please contact your child’s class teacher. 
  • Swimming on Monday: please can we remind parents that it is extremely helpful if children can avoid wearing tights and multiple layers of clothing on our swimming day. This makes changing independently much easier before and after the swim session. Thank you for your support with this.
  • At the end of the week we will send home all the children’s spare clothes, nappies, sleep clothes and indoor shoes. Could we please ask that these are sent back with your child after the break.
  • We are seeing lots of runny noses in school. Please do check if your child is well enough to be here. If your child has a fever our school policy is the child should not return to school until they have been without fever for 24 hours and if they have had any sickness or diarrhoea they should stay home for 48 hours after the last episode. Thank you for your continued support with keeping our children healthy!
  • The Early Years Cubs entrance will be closed from 9am till 3.30pm. Throughout the day you can use the Main Primary school entrance instead. Attendance registers need to be completed by 8.50. If your child comes later than that please can you sign them in at Main Primary entrance. Many thanks.
  • Uniform sale:  We will be having another Used Uniform sale on Tuesday 2 February from 3.30pm-4.30pm in the Gallery. Please bring any clean, good quality, old uniforms to the Primary Reception over the next few weeks. 


The children have really enjoyed looking at the Chinese New Year topic this week. Next week we will continue to look at the celebration and the traditions associated with it. We will introduce the Dragon / Lion dance and will explore the features of the traditional dance. Lots of noise will be made by Pre-Nursery as we recreate our own version of the traditional dances. We will continue our monkey focus as this is the animal for the coming year. Our role-play area will be continue to be a Chinese restaurant where the children will be making dumplings out of play dough, using chopsticks, taking orders and cooking noodles! Lots of traditional fun to be experienced!!

Key Vocabulary: Chinese New Year, red, race, monkey, stir fry, noodles, animal names, dragon, lion, dance

Literacy and Expressive Arts and Design

Next week the children will have the opportunity to make wishes for our Wishing Tree. We will discuss what wishes are and the reason we make them. Students will have the opportunity to share their wishes with their friends. They will use various mark making materials to record their own wish using traditional methods. Students will also have the opportunity to explore other traditional Chinese art using various materials and techniques. Ask your child what wish they might make…

Key Vocabulary: wish, tree, blossom, red, twigs


Koning Leeuw is jarig.  Vogelspin heeft een verrrukkelijke taart gemaakt voor de jarige Koning Leeuw.  Als hij zich omdraait is het lekkerste stukje van de taart verdwenen....Wie heeft er van de taart gesnoept?We maken taarten in verschillende smaken en vormen voor de dieren uit het woud. Hoe ziet jouw favoriete taart eruit? 

Op dinsdag 2 en donderdag 4 februari vinden de oudergesprekken weer plaats. Maak zeker een afspraak met juf Cindy of juf Chris. We streven ernaar de Cito-resultaten mee te kunnen geven, maar zullen dit niet bij alle kinderen redden.


We will continue the topic of Chinese New Year, introducing some Chinese New Year traditions and culture such as making special food. The children will join in with the process of making dumplings.

Key words: 饺子-dumpling, 红包-red envelop,鞭炮-fire crackers,恭喜 恭喜-congratulation.

Songs: 恭喜恭喜-gongxi  gongxi, 包饺子-bao jiao zi,新年好-xin nian hao.

Activity:包饺子-(make dumplings),做卡片(make cards).