This week our book of the week was ‘The Great Race’ by Emily Hiles. It is the story of the Chinese Zodiac. As the new year approaches, each animal wants it to be named after them, but no one can agree. The Jade Emperor decides there should be a race to decide the winner, but who will win?
Our Rainbow Challenges this week have been related to this book:
Writing – Write about the story
Maths – Put the animals in the order of the race
Funky Fingers – Add buttons to decorate the dragons
Outside – Use chopsticks to pick up stones
Creative – Make a paper cup rabbit
Playdough – Make playdough noodles and write the word ‘noodles’ in Chinese
This week we had an extra role play area in our classroom. It was a Chinese restaurant. We have had a great time this week pretending to cook different types of Chinese food, writing down orders, taking money and practising with chop sticks.
In maths the Reception children have been learning about counting backwards and forwards, counting in 2’s, 5’s and 10’s. They have also been continuing with practising learning pairs of numbers that make ten. The nursery children have been practising counting accurately and also counting things that can’t be seen.
In Read, Write Inc some children have been learning ‘special friends’ of ‘ch’ and ‘q’ and other children have been learning the letters o, c and k. The nursery children have been learning about the sound of different rhyming words and matching the sounds of different instruments.
In the tuff tray this week we have been retelling the story of Chinese new year using the animals to help us, decorating Chinese dragons using sequins, written Chinese numbers in red powder paint and gold glitter and had a go at writing some Chinese words on red and gold paper.
In PE we moved like the animals in the story made up our own dragon dances. This week we also retold the story of the great race which really helped us to remember the story. Mrs Cotton made some dragon biscuits with us, we needed to use a piping bag to get the dragon shape and we used chocolate chips for the eyes. They were very yummy! We got to take some home and even got a fortune cookie too!
As part of our RE this term is ‘Special Places’. This week we went to Holy Trinity Church to find out why a church is a special place for Christians.
Next week we will find out about the life of dinosaurs as part of our ‘Long, long ago’ topic and our book of the week will be ‘Little Explorers Dinosaurs’.