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Celebrating the Chinese/Lunar New Year...

What an exciting week we have ahead! We are celebrating Chinese New Year! We will be finding out how and why this tradition is celebrated, sharing stories and joining in with some celebrations ourselves. 

The Lunar New Year is celebrated by many different cultures and many different places. For people in China and Chinese communities around the world, the New Year celebration is full of fireworks, the colour red, and delicious food. But what’s the story behind this celebration? Watch this video to find out about what the children will be talking about next week: 

Here's Abbie and her brother preparing for Chinese New Year:


Here are our words of the week that we will be sharing with the children:

(F2) Please see your children's reading diary for how you can support their blending at home - this might be practising their speedy sound cards (or certain ones), practising letter formation of the letters they find tricky, sharing a blending book together or sharing their reading book/ditty story. 

We are beginning to blend sounds together to read longer words... Check out this alphablocks episode where they can blend some longer words. If your children are confident with their set 1 sounds, they could also have a go at our 'I spy and read' sheet for an extra challenge.

(F1) In F1, we are helping the children to develop their phonological awareness (helping them to distinguish sounds). This week, they will be playing the beat/syllables in words using our wooden claves and other instruments.

E.g Kangeroo- kan-ger-roo (3 beats)

Bear- bear (1 beat)

Alligator - al-i-gat-or (4 beats) 

Caterpillar - cat-er-pillar (3 beats)

The children will also be clapping the syllables in their names. 


  • The children have been FABULOUS storytellers following on from our stories last week (We're going on a Bear Hunt and Goldilocks and the Three Bears). We have been BLOWN AWAY by the wonderful story language they are using and how confidently they can recall the stories... We have also LOVED their different voices for characters. Keep up the wonderful work Little Dreamers! 
  • (F2) Most PE kits are in school, but if we could make sure all children have their PE kit in school for our lessons which will be on Wednesday mornings - thank you.
  • Remember to send in a photo of your child's favourite book/books on tapestry if you haven't already done so- the children really enjoy talking about these in show and tell sessions. 

Thank you for your continued support 😊