Parent Teacher Conferences will take place on Tuesday 2nd and Thursday 4th February. Please return the letter to your class teacher if you wish to make an appointment for either day.
- A gentle reminder about the importance of home reading! Please try and read with your child each day and return the reading book and Reading Record Book to school every day – Thank you.
- Each holiday period we will send home all the children’s spare clothes and indoor shoes. Could we please ask that these are sent back with your child after the break. Thanks for your cooperation with this.
- 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 diahorrea they should stay home for 48 hours after the last episode. Thank you for your continued support with keeping our children healthy!
- 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.
LEARNING THEME: Getting Ready for Chinese New Year ‘The Year of the Monkey’
Our Big Question is: What is Chinese New Year?
Chinese New Year is fast approaching! Reception cubs are going to start getting ready for this exciting time of the year by learning a story about how the animals that represent each year were selected. Learning the vocabulary associated with the story will also link to our maths focus of ordinal numbers e.g. which animal came first, second etc. Through this story we will be able to reflect upon how we behave with others in a group and how we manage friendships. It will also be an opportunity for us to look at how different cultures celebrate special occasions during the year.
We will spend time reading the story and the children will get the opportunity to make masks of their favourite animal from the story and retell the story with their friends through role play. This will reinforce their story language abilities. We will make small finger puppets that will also help the children practise their speaking and listening skills through story telling. Towards the end of the week we will work with the children to see what they can remember from the story and if they are able to sequence the order of the animals.
Key Vocabulary: Chinese New Year, monkey, dragon, pig, goat, horse, snake, rat, dog, ox, tiger, rabbit, rooster.
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.
Talk about how they and others show feelings, talk about their own and others’ behaviour, and its consequences and know that some behaviour is unacceptable. They work as part of a group or class and follow rules.
Puffer fish- We will be consolidating all the Phase 3 sounds. We will read and write captions and sentences using the sounds that we have been learning. We will continue to read and spell high frequency and tricky words.
Sharks- We will learn the medial vowel digraphs oo (moon, look) and oa (boat, toast), as well as practicing ai (tail, rail) and ee (see, been) from last week. They will practise segmentation for spelling and will read the tricky word was. They will practise the high frequency words will and with.
Octopus- We will be practising reading and writing high frequency and tricky words. We will also review sh, ch, th, ng and igh.
Jellyfish- We will revise the sounds sh, ch and th. We will use these digraphs to read and write simple words whilst practising forming all our letters correctly.
Starfish- We will be reviewing the last sounds of phase 2: h, f , l, and the digraphs: ff, ll, ss. We will continue to practise sight reading tricky and high frequency words from phase 2.
The children have enjoyed playing and learning in the role-play areas and we will continue to encourage them and support their play as we work with them. We will continue with regular counting of numbers and review ordinal numbers 1st, 2nd (first, second) etc. Children will order animals of the Chinese New Year Story and have their own races to see ‘Who came first, second?” This will be also be visited through use of the class calendar- ordering the days in our month and times on our visual calendar.
Key Vocabulary: 1st, 2nd, 3rd 4th and beyond, first, second, third, fourth and beyond. “Who came first? Who came next? Who came after that? Where did you come?”
Children count reliably with numbers to 20, place them in order and say which is one more or one less than a given number.
We will talk about the Chinese New Year introducing the story of zodiac and the12 animal characters linked with to our class theme. We will also practise writing “monkey” in Mandarin characters.
Vocabulary: monkey 猴子(hou zi) zodiac生肖 (sheng xiao) year年兽 (nian shou) happy new year 新年好(xin nian hao)
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