This week we found a special note asking us 'to do good for the poor'. We opened the present to find a magic paintbrush. We read the story 'The Magic Paintbrush' about a girl called Shen who paints a variety of things to help the people in her village. When the evil emperor hears of her gift he commands her to paint a magic tree with gold for him instead. She is determined to keep her promise to only paint for the poor. We acted out the story using puppets. We painted our own pictures with the magic paintbrush. We used pictures to order and retell the story.
In Maths we have been comparing numbers within five. We compared food at the teddy bears picnic. We also made fruit kebabs and compared the amount of different types of fruit on our skewer. We used the star words 'more' and 'fewer'.
We have been learning all about Lunar New Year, a special celebration that starts on the first new moon of the lunisolar calendar, which is based on the cycles of the moon. It is celebrated all around the world, particularly China, Hong Kong, Mongolia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Vietnam and the Philippines. We found the countries on the map and made flags. We had a food tasting and tried some delicious food: spring rolls, egg fried rice and prawn crackers. It was delicious! We enjoyed painting on the calligraphy scroll. We made our own large dragon head and performed the traditional dragon dance to music. We also made our own dragons with paper. Celebrations for Lunar New Year will take place around central London this weekend. Please share any photos with us if you go!
At choosing time we have enjoyed Mobilo, dinosaurs, the mud kitchen, junk modelling, mark making and exploring seasonal change. What a busy and fun week!