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Spring Term 1

Happy Chinese New Year!

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We have been celebrating 'the Year of the Horse' and learning lots about Chinese culture and traditions.  We began by using the internet to find out more about how children in China and around the world celebrate Chinese New Year.  We then set about preparing our home corner, cleaning and decorating it with Chinese fans, lanterns, cards and lucky greetings.  It was great fun dressing up in authentic Chinese costumes and we enjoyed cooking using a wok and eating using chopsticks!
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Many of us visited China town in Liverpool city centre and we listened as our friends recounted their experiences and some even brought in photographs and souvenirs from home.  We made a huge Chinese lion using cardboard boxes, paint and collage materials and looped and folded card to make colourful Chinese dragons.

 

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Our celebrations came to an exciting end when we spent the day with our friend, Fen Fen Huang.  Fen Fen told us the story of the 'great race' and we understood why the years were named after different animals.  We loved discovering that some of us were born in the year of the ox and others in the year of the rat!

Fen Fen performed a Chinese fan dance to us then she invited us to learn a Chinese ribbon dance.  We watched each other perform our dance to Chinese music.  We then learnt how to say some traditional greetings in Mandarin and sang a 'New Year' song together.

Maths on a Mat!

 

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We have been problem solving on a giant scale this week using our brand new 'Maths on a Mat'.  We imagined the mat was an enormous treasure map with a chest of chocolate coins hidden in a secret position.  Using our best mathematical vocabulary, we directed the 'pirates' to the location of the treasure, taking care to help them avoid the 'cannonballs' numbered 1-20 along the way.  We loved the giant size of the Maths Mat as it allowed lots of us to join in all at the same time and helped us to learn about position, direction and number sequences in a lively and fun way.
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We started 2014 with a big surprise...our parents' association, 'Friends of Emmaus' have bought 5 brand new ipads especially for the Reception children.  We are delighted and can't wait to start using them!  We would all like to say THANK YOU to all the parents and children who have helped raise funds for 'Friends of Emmaus' in 2013, everyone in Reception is very grateful.

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