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Happy New Year

Happy New Year to all our Lion Cubs and their families. We hope you had a very merry Christmas and a relaxing New Year. 

Let's get ready for another exciting, fun and inquisitive new term! 


In this Spring Term 1, our main topics we will be looking at are Winter, learning a poem about a snowman and Chinese New Year. Also, we have many stories, poems and non-fiction books to share, learn from and marvel at.



In our Winter topic, the children will learn about dressing for winter, types of animals that live in very cold conditions like the Arctic and Antarctic as well as learning about the people that make their homes in these places too. Also, they will be investigating 'ice'. Winter scenes will be explored through paints, collage, puppets and small world models.



Through dance this term, the children will be using the book ' Penguin Small' by Mick Inkpen and exploring the movements and adventures of the penguin and his friends.


 Chinese New Year 

This year, Chinese New Year is on 12th February. This year, it is the year of the ox.The week leading up to that date the children will learn about the traditions of Chinese New Year, the Story of the 12 Zodiac Animals, make artefacts for the new year, make music for such an occasion, dress in traditional attire and we will have our very own Chinese New Year party. Also, we will be looking and comparing the similarities and differences of the customs and traditions  of Gregorian calendar  (January 1st) to those of the Chinese New Year. 



In maths the children will be consolidating the composition of numbers 0-10 and learning the values of numbers 11-15 .

Our focus in mental maths will be counting on/ 1 more and counting back/1 less.  

Also, they will be consolidating the vocabulary and properties of 2D & 3D shapes, symmetry and pattern making. Measures is a big feature this half term as the children will be exploring weight, length, height capacity using non-standard methods to begin with. 


In Reception, sometimes the ideas and initiatives come from the children themselves. Therefore, there maybe activities we do that are not on our topic web, but have come and grown from the children's own interests, for example ' the sharks', insects, snow etc. 


We look forward to putting our observations onto tapestry which continue to  show you the wonderful learning that is taking place with your child(ren). Equally, we look forward to seeing and reading the observations you have/can load onto Tapestry.


Our door is always open for any queries, or send us an email  or just to say 'Hello'.

 Thank you for continuing support,


Mrs Foster, Ms Noonan & Mrs Davies

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