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Chinese New Year Celebrations

We had a funny week last week with the snow arriving. However, we managed to squeeze in some Chinese New Year celebrations before the snow got us and closed school for a day.

The children loved trying the different Chinese foods and some of them tried things they’d never had before. Not everyone was quite so sure at first but they gave it a go.

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We we also decided that we wanted to make a dragon after seeing one on the Chinese New Year book in our classroom.

The children had clear ideas about what they wanted the dragon to look like.  They knew they wanted to dragon to have fire and to have red scales.

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We loved learning about the story of the Chinese Zodiac and finding out which year we were born in.

Can you remember the story of the Chinese animals? Can you remember which year you were born in?

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Writing Instructions

This week we’ve been busy writing instructions for the Nursery children.

We read a non-fiction book called Pirates and it told us how to make treasure maps. We had to read the instructions carefully using all of our reading skills then we knew what to do. Once we knew what good instructions looked like we had a go at writing some instructions of our own. We decided the Nursery children would like to make pirate flags so this is what we wrote instructions for.

First we had to work out how to make a flag so we knew what to tell the Nursery children. We didn’t want them to get it wrong! So we could remember what to do, we took photos of each step.image

We used the sound buttons to remember the instructions we thought of. This helped us know what to write. When we write we like to THINK IT- SAY IT- WRITE IT-READ IT. This helps us to think what we want to say then say it out loud before we have to think about writing it.

After that, it was time to start writing our instructions. First, we looked at them as a whole class and Miss Parker helped us to remember everything. We even learnt about commas in a list! We wrote the first sentence together using all the skills we have from Letters & Sounds and using our sentence hand to remember the finger spaces and full stops.

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So then it was time for some children to try and write the instructions themselves. They had a lot to remember but did a fantastic job. The children used the phoneme strips, sentence hands and tricky word bookmarks to help them if they needed them. Look at the amazing writing that was done…

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The children did an amazing job of using the sounds they know to spell the words. This might not be the correct spelling as we would know it but is what we would expect at the end of Reception. You can also see where these children are able to spell the tricky words such as ‘the’ correctly. These are the words we learn by sight in our reading.

Now, we need to send the instructions that have been written to Nursery and see if the children can follow them to make flags of their own.

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