As we approach the final week of this half term, we seem to be filling each day with as many learning opportunities and excitement as possible! Next week is going to be such a fun week, thinking about and celebrating many aspects of the wider world around us. We will also be marking the start of the Lunar New Year next week, moving into the Year of the Dragon. The Dragon holds a significant place as an auspicious and extraordinary creature, unparalleled in talent and excellence. It symbolizes power, nobility, honour, luck, and success. 2024 is forecasted to bring about opportunities, changes, and challenges!

Mrs Taylor
Head of Early Years

A reminder of some important dates for the Spring Term:

Monday, 5 February Children’s Mental Health Week
Tuesday, 6 FebruarySafer Internet Day
Wednesday, 7 FebruaryReception Bedtime Read
Friday, 9 FebruaryLunar New Year- Year of the Dragon
Friday, 23 FebruaryOpen Morning
Wednesday, 28 FebruaryReception Trip to Polka Theatre
Monday, 4 MarchEarly Years Book Day
Thursday, 7 MarchWorld Book Day
Monday, 11-Friday, 15 FebruaryScience Week/Parents’ Evenings
Friday, 15 FebruaryRed Nose Day
March, 20 FebruaryTerm Finishes

 

There has been a suspected case of chicken pox  in the Nursery.  Please see the following NHS link for your information:

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/chickenpox/

Suspected and confirmed cases of chicken pox need to stay away from school and vulnerable individuals until all the spots have formed a scab, which is usually 5 days after the spots appeared.

Alida Hoffman
First Aid Lead

 

Children’s Mental Health Week

Children’s Mental Health Week is next week, the week beginning 5 February. The theme this year is ‘My Voice Matters’. My Voice Matters is about empowering children and young people by providing them with the tools they need to express themselves. Click here for a useful video.

During Children’s Mental Health Week, we want all our pupils in the whole school to be able to say – and believe – “My Voice Matters.” There are so many resources available to you as parents, as well as for the pupils in school. We want to help you support your child’s Mental Health. We would love you to have a look at the Top Tips for Families, ask your son to complete some of the activities provided, such as writing a Wellbeing Journal, complete the What they feel Proud of page, or they may like to write an Acrostic Poem. There are many resources available for you here.

 

Safer Internet Day
Safer Internet Day is celebrated globally in February each year to promote the safe and positive use of digital technology for children and young people, and to inspire a national conversation about using technology responsibly, respectfully, critically, and creatively. Safer Internet Day 2024 is on 6th February and will be celebrated with the theme ‘Inspiring change? Making a difference, managing influence and navigating change online.’ Do look at the many resources available on the link below.

Look out for a communication from Mrs Alteirac on Monday regarding the Dangers of Gaming, as well as a daily guide from the ‘What Parents Need To Know’ series which provides a brilliant summary of Games and Apps, their PEGI rating, elements that could be considered inappropriate but also some insights that might help you engage with your children about games they enjoy, without you having to actually play! A different one will be sent every day next week.

Safer Internet Day 2024 – UK Safer Internet Centre

 

Lunar New Year Menu 2024
As the Lunar New Year falls on Saturday, 10 February this year, instead of preparing our New Year Celebration Menu on the Friday before half term, we will celebrate this on Thursday instead.  Please click on this link to view our Lunar New Year Menu 2024.

 

Bedtime Read
We are holding our annual ‘Bedtime Read’ on Wednesday, 7 February, and we hope that all the children in Reception will be able to join us. The aim of the evening is to provide the children with an opportunity to enjoy some stories together before bedtime, whilst raising the profile of reading and promoting the enjoyment of sharing stories with each other. The children need to arrive back to school by 5.30pm to the main Pre-Prep Central Area entrance. The dress code is pyjamas, slippers and a dressing gown and they will need to bring a favourite teddy with them to snuggle, and perhaps a torch. This is such a magical evening and we hope that all of you will be able to join us.

 


Nursery

Swimming is going really well, another gentle reminder that all bags and items of clothing MUST be clearly named. We are on a really tight schedule and children don’t always recognise their bags.

William P is still missing a named pair of trousers so can everyone please check their son’s trousers at home.

Next week we are learning all about construction and will also be celebrating Lunar New Year.

Wishing you all a lovely weekend and we look forward to hearing about your weekend and any minibeasts you might find.

Mrs Beresford, Mrs Griffiths and Mrs Taylor


Reception

Lunar New Year
Next week we shall be learning all about Lunar New Year. We shall be doing a variety of crafts, learning about the traditions related to the Lunar Calendar, and holding a fun workshop for all the boys in the Pre-Prep and Junior School. It would be lovely if you could plan a visit to Chinatown next weekend, or maybe cook a Chinese meal at some point soon. If anyone has anything special to bring into school to share with the boys, we would love to see it.

Capacity Assignment
The boys have enjoyed learning about capacity this week. There is an assignment for them to complete over the weekend, which can be done in the bath!

Money
Next week we shall be learning about money. Please can you prepare a little purse of small change ready for your son to talk about next week. Don’t bring it to school, it will be to reinforce the learning at home.

Exploring Ice
The boys will be exploring ice next week. We shall be experimenting with fat, colouring and salt! An activity we would like you to do is to make an igloo at home this weekend. Methods could be using sheets, but also using ice cubes, sugar cubes, marshmallows, papier-mâché etc. There are many useful ideas and videos on YouTube. Here are a few photos to help you.

Have a lovely weekend,

Mr Braidwood and Mrs Taylor


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