Christmas is coming...!

We really enjoyed learning about Diwali last week. Do come into the classroom where you can see the children's rangoli patterns, they really are beautiful. As we learn about different celebrations we compare and contrast them, looking in particular at the products needed to make a celebration successful. We found out that during Diwali celebrations patterns are drawn at the entrance to houses and special sweets are eaten. We were surprised that fireworks feature largely as well as present giving...something the children can identify with during more familiar celebrations.

Next week we branch out into a very familiar celebration...birthdays! We will be finding out the different ways we celebrate in our class, but also find out whether Egyptian families celebrate birthdays the same way as us.

In literacy, we begin a unit on 'Stories with familiar Settings'. With birthdays as a focus, we will share books including 'Titch and Daisy' by Pat Hutchins and 'Kipper's Birthday' by Mick Inkpen. The outcome will be that children write their own story in a familiar setting.

In maths we continue our focus on shape. The language associated with shape is complex and needs frequent practice, so this week we will be learning the properties of common 2D and 3D shapes.

Our Christmas play gets going this week, with rehearsals for Hey Ewe! You will be receiving a letter at the start of the week requesting your help with your child's costume. Pleas do pop in and ask if you have any problems with costumes...we have some in school and we are more than happy to provide bits where we can!

Don't forget that Friday is and INSET day.

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