We started this half term by celebrating Chinese New Year. We found out that people first clean their homes, wear new clothes and decorate their homes. We found out that red is a lucky colour so we used lots of red in the provision.
Unfortunately the snow came and didn’t stop. We enjoyed it while we were at school but got the chance to play in it lots more when the school closed for 3 days. The children sent in lots of pictures of them experiencing their first real snow and we shared these with our friends.
When we returned to school we continued to learn about Chinese New Year. We found out that the children born in 2013 were born in the year of the snake, and those born in 2014 were the year of the horse. The children found it most amusing that Mrs Gaddes was a rat!
We enjoyed trying some Chinese food, prawn crackers, rice, noodles and sweet and sour sauce. We also used these in the provision and the children enjoyed using all their senses for a true Chinese experience.
We watched some Chinese lion dances and then had a go ourselves. We got the biggest drum we could find and some cymbals and used colourful material in our dances. We found a lion head costume near Mrs Alford’s office when we went to visit the music room for the instruments.
This weekend we celebrated Mother’s day so we made a card with fork printed flowers and took a rose home for our Mums. We thought about what made each of our Mums special and what they were good at. The children came up with lovely ideas. We hope all our Mums had a lovely day.
On Friday we held our postponed World Book Day. Every child came in costume and looked great. The morning children had books and biscuits with parents who were able to stay. The afternoon children also had biscuits but a surprise visit from Mr Grayson who came to read them one of his favourite stories before home time