Saturday, 28 January 2017

Chinese New Year

This week we have gone a little bit off timetable to allow us to learn more about Chinese New Year. On Monday,  3W helped out in our Chinese New Year assembly, telling us about the Lion Dance, which forms an important part of the celebrations and where many of the traditions originate. They watched two of our Year 6 pupils perform the Lion Dance and welcome us into the Year of the Rooster. They also learned how to count to 10 in Cantonese and wish each other Kung Hei Fat Choi.
As food forms an important part of the celebration, we discussed why we never cut the long noodles and why prawns and egg rolls are signs of good fortune in Chinese culture.

During our lesson time we spent a lovely afternoon learning about Chinese characters and how they originate from pictures.  The children then produced beautiful Chinese calligraphy which we have used to create a lovely display on the top corridor.  The children took great time and put some fantastic effort into their finished work.

After that, in keeping with our legends theme in English, we listened to the legend of the Chinese Willow Pattern which many of you will recognise as the blue and white pottery that you often see on Chinese artefacts.  The children then used blue paint and plates to recreate their own version of the willow pattern, ensuring that all the components of the story were in their artwork.  We now have a beautiful window display of these plates in our classroom.  Please come and see them.

PE was our next opportunity to follow our Chinese theme and we watched and practised Tai Chi, culminating in the children producing some lovely dance routines, using Tai Chi movements to create wonderful, restful movements.  Next week we will continue our Tai Chi, focussing on the animals that form part of the Chinese Great Race, studying their movements and helping us create moves in our dance performances
Tai Chi is an excellent form of Mindfulness and we will be using this and other activities to give the children opportunities for mindfulness during the school day.

NB: Re: Maths homework- Not all of the children are expected to do the extension questions.  If they normally do not do the extension work in class, then they are not expected to do this in their homework.  Thank you for your help in advising your children about their homework.

Friday, 20 January 2017


The children have come back to school refreshed and ready for another busy and enjoyable term. We have already begun our Mayan topic which the children are thoroughly enjoying. We have also started our science topic looking at the human body and comparing it with the skeletons of other animals. Our English topic is all about legends and this week we have been using film clips to help the children create some wonderfully descriptive battle scenes!

This morning we had our first CuesEd session and the children were wonderful, as always. The ladies running the session couldn't believe how engaged and well-mannered the children were and were amazed at some of the children's knowledge of the brain and how it worked. I am sure they will prove really valuable sessions and we will keep you posted about what we have been doing. 

Next week we will continue to use film clips to explore the features of legends and will be looking at the properties of shapes and measurement in maths. The children will also be designing a healthy sandwich in DT in preparation for making these in a few weeks time!

A final note - the maths homework sheets for this term will be linked to what the children have been learning that week and will be allocated to the children on Abacus. However, some children have pointed out that they are having trouble opening the games and worksheets on Abacus at home. Sometimes this is because the computer is 'blocking pop-ups' and so if this is happening with your child you may want to check to see if this is the reason. We will have hard copies of the homework sheet if the children need them.