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Spring Term 1 - Happy New Year!

Bonne Année!

  Xin Nian Hao Ya!

‘Fan’-tastic Chinese New Year Fun

with Fen Fen!









We all came to school dressed up ready to begin our Chinese New Year celebrations this week.   Our friend Fen Fen spent the day with us, providing a range of exciting experiences to help us understand the traditional festivities that will take place next week when the ‘Year of the Goat’ begins.   Fen Fen talked about how Chinese families celebrate this special festival, showing us lucky charms, real dancing Chinese dragons and lions and told us ancient Chinese stories.  After learning how to greet each other in Mandarin and singing a 'New Year' song together, we watched Fen Fen perform traditional Chinese dancing.  We ended the day with a special performance using fans to dance to traditional Chinese music. 

  Xin Nian Hao Ya!

Happy Chinese New Year 2015!


Happy New Year Song!

'Fan'-tastic dancing with Fen Fen

Fan dancing 2 rg.mp4

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'Chilling Out' in Reception!


After making our own snow and ice last week, we were so excited to investigate real snow when we were at school this week!  Wrapping up warm and with our wellies on, we used all our senses to investigate the changes we could see, hear, smell, feel and taste in our outdoor classroom!  What an exciting opportunity to apply all the things we have learnt about temperature, freezing and melting in a real life context...

Lois declared, "this is the best day ever!"

Our recent 'Frozen' encounter with Elsa and Anna  has created lots of exciting learning experiences during the first few weeks of 2015.  As the weather has turned particularly chilly, this led us to ask lots of questions about ice, snow and frost.  We used the internet and read lots of stories and information books before investigating what happens to water when it is placed in different temperatures.  We decided to make an ice castle for Elsa and predicted where the best place would be to leave our buckets of water so that they would freeze.  Our icy investigation led us to the school kitchen where the cook allowed us to leave one bucket of water in the huge school freezer, we also left one bucket in our warm classroom and one bucket outside, then we waited until the next day...



After our investigation, we loved playing with all the ice that we had made and continued to observe change as each block of ice melted.  Some of us predicted that the smaller ice blocks would melt faster than the bigger ones, and we were right! 

We used the water that remained to mix with 'insta-sno' powder and again, we made predictions and observed the amazing change that occurred...