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新年快乐 (xīnnián kuàilè) – “Happy New Year”


This week children were learning about Chinese lunar calendar and took part some fun activities such as Chinese dragon dance workshop, vegetable stir fry food tasting and sequencing the Chinese New Year story.

Here are some highlights for the week...


What is it?

In English, we were learning about animals, their body parts' functions and amazing abilities, such as camouflage and echolocation. Using our imagination and creativity we created our own unique creatures, some strange looking, others more familiar. We used labels, captions and sentences to describe our creatures.


This half term during our Art lessons we have explored sculptures. We have learnt about sculptures around the word, talked about materials that can be used for sculptures and used clay to create our own sculptures. Children had lots of fun using molding clay  and paints for their models.

Painting sculptures

Conductive Music 

Class 1S took part in a Conductive Music workshop which involved using technology to compose, edit and create a piece of music. Children gained an understanding of how electricity can help make music. 


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For the past few weeks children have been focusing their learning around the topic of helping the planet using a book written by M. Walsh '10 things I can do to help the world'.

In English children created an interactive poster to share their ideas of how every one can help to save the planet and in Science, we are learning about materials and their characteristics. Children learn the new vocabulary and are able to explain the meaning of words such as environment, materials, instructions, compass and directions.

Welcome back!

This half term has just began and we have started out learning journey by creating statues using our imagination and skills. Our recent lessons on 3D shapes have helped us to remember a shape's characteristics while making our models. We chose animals and humans as models and discussed their features during the circle time. At last, we have painted our statues ready to be displayed.

Thank you to all our parents and carers for your support this term and we wish you all a relaxing, enjoyable and Merry Christmas.

We read 'How to find gold' by Viviane Schwartz and imagined our own sea monsters. We described our monsters using a range of adjectives.

11.11.23 Remembrance Day

Music lesson. What is a beat?

Using a number line to find a missing number

Practising our cutting skills using a claw grip

Fruit tasting session: which fruit I would like for my fruit kebab?

Design and Technology investigation on vegetables: look, smell, feel, taste, hear

The contextualised vocabulary practice during the lesson. Working in teams to remember the meanings of words.

Designing our bird houses

Continue working on our free standing structures

Structure investigation around the school

Moving like animals. Can you guess what we are?

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