Gung Hay Fat Choy (or Happy New Year!)

We have had a great week learning all about China and Chinese customs. It has become a real cross-curricular theme, learning songs, dances, writing about the animals of the zodiac and exploring the best shapes to make a Chinese dragon. This Thursday we will have our special Chinese New Year celebration day where we will be performing our dragon dance and singing our special songs to friends in other classes. For this celebration we would like the children to wear home clothes, with some yellow or red (or both) as these are the lucky Chinese colours. Thank you.

On the subject of home clothes, last term class Italy won a 'Home Clothes Day' due to their excellent attendance over the term. Well done children! We are planning for the children to come to school in home clothes on Friday 27th January. Keep up the good attendance and maybe we'll win the next one too!

This Friday is Class China's class worship. Mrs. Hayward will be cooking a Chinese lunch for all the children that day. It would be a great opportunity for the reception children to taste some real Chinese food. We have talked about the similarities and differences between the food the children eat and food eaten in China so it would be great if they could actually have a Chinese taste experience!

Amongst all the learning about Chinese New Year, we continue to learn new sounds and practice our reading and writing skills. There may be times when a sound sheet is taken home for homework as more of our time is spent supporting the children during writing activities where they are using the phonic and handwriting skills they've learnt. Thank you for your support. We are also focussing on subtraction skills at the moment and learning 1 less to 10 and using a number line to solve subtraction problems to 20. 

Finally,Topo is having the best time...thanks to you! He had a lovely time with Sky and Arthur, meeting members of their families, eating huge amounts of cheese and reading the Beano! The children are really excited about taking him home. Thank you for completing the diary, a really great record of his experiences and a help to the children when they relate what happened when they took him home.

January 23rd is the start of our learning about The 3 Billy Goats Gruff, so if you are able to read the story at hope that would be great.

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