We have had lots of fun learning about the Chinese New Year festival! We have enjoyed using the Chinese restaurant/take away role play area and making meals for our friends! We learnt the Chinese Zodiac story and told the story with masks and puppets. We have made lots of wonderful arts and crafts in this topic- dragon puppets, fish sun catchers, dragon masks, Chinese Lanterns and tangram pictures. We have also enjoyed using rice to explore capacity. We researched about Chinese New Year using information books and ipads. We have enjoyed using instruments to make songs about the festival and also followed a music and movement program about Chinese New Year. As a fabulous finish to this topic we had our Chinese New Year party- we all looked great in our red clothes! We had great fun cleaning our classroom in preparation of the celebrations! We played some traditional Chinese party games and ate lots of yummy Chinese food like rice, noodles and crackers. We also had a go at a dragon dance using a huge dragon puppet! We enjoyed performing our Chinese New Year song for our adults and showing them all the work we have done on this topic.
We had so much fun preparing for Christmas and celebrating it together in reception! We hope you liked all the arts and crafts we brought home! We worked very hard in preparing our Nativity show and really enjoyed performing it to our families and others in school! It was a great way to learn the important story of Jesus' birth. We also had great fun on Christmas party day! We played games in class, had a special Christmas lunch, had a visit from Santa and the saw Krazy Kev in the afternoon! We all enjoyed the Christmas story telling event and hope all who attended did too! We also all looked fab in our Christmas jumpers and enjoyed our treat of popcorn, squash and watching Arthur Christmas- it made us feel very Christmassy!
We had a great time learning about Africa! We did lots of exciting activities related to Africa and a story called Handa's Surprise. We enjoyed telling the story of Handa's surprise using masks and toys and had fun tasting the fruit from the story. We also had a fruit and vegetable shop and loved pretending to be shop keepers and customers. We did lots of arts and crafts including weaving, tie dye, printing and making necklaces. One of our favourite activities was going on safari with our prayer buddies in the junior playground! We made our own binoculars and searched for cuddly jungle animals hiding in the trees! We really enjoyed showing our parents all that we had been learning about and also showing our Jambo Bwana dance! We were really proud to start off the Bring and share supper with our Jambo dance too and wear our tie dye t-shirts!