Advent Calendars and Mathematics Challenges!
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Our Year 5 buddies
Today the children visited their Year 5 buddies, 5S. Miss Sherry’s class showed us around their Art Exhibition, which they have produced over the past few weeks. We were all really impressed by their skills and creativity – we can’t wait for our next Art lesson with Mr David about dragons!
Today the children learnt about the North American celebration Thanksgiving. We talked about the history behind the celebration and how it is celebrated by Americans and Canadians across the world. We then made a paper Thanksgiving turkey and a S’mores – ask your child what they are!
Wallace and Wendolene's wedding
Today we celebrated the marriage between Wallace and Wendoline, supported by many of their family and friends. Everyone looked so smart in their wedding clothes, especially the bride and groom who had definitely made a real effort.
The ceremony started with the guests arriving and taking their seats, before Wallace (looking a little nervous!) walked down the aisle and waited for Wendoline. When she arrived, we played some traditional wedding music and everyone looked in awe at the beautiful bride. Then, the marriage official started the greetings and the vows, before declaring the happy couple officially married. After the customary first kiss, the couple led the procession back to the wedding venue, where everyone enjoyed the speeches and the wedding feast, followed by the cutting of the cake and the throwing of the bouquet. Everyone agreed that the wedding had been a huge success and we all wished Wallace and Wendolene a happy life together. They left for their honeymoon at a secret location!
Loy Krathong celebrations
Today 1M celebrated the Thai festival of Loy Krathong by making krathongs, learning about the celebration and playing some traditional Thai games. Each child made their own small Krathong and helped make a large, class Krathong which we then floated.
Our Assembly and activities this morning
Floating our Krathongs this afternoon
Wallace and Wendoline's engagement party
What a busy couple of days here in 1M! Yesterday we celebrated Wallace’s birthday, though quietly because he wanted a larger celebration today for his engagement to Wendoline (from 1B). We compared the two celebrations and then made a list of all the things we would need to organise for today’s party. We decided that we would need cakes (but not a birthday cake), engagement cards, invitations, party food and decorations, but we wouldn’t need party bags, bouncy castles or candles for the cake.
This morning we split into different groups to help prepare the party. Some children made “Rock and Roll”, a delicious cake made from biscuits and chocolate. Others made popcorn and jam sandwiches, whilst others decorated cup-cakes in lots of different coloured icing. More children completed the final decorations and made special clothes for Wallace and Wendoline to wear on their special occasion. The rest of the children helped their classmates to finish the room preparations and set the food table up.
The actual party was a great success, with all the required elements for a fantastic party:
- Music and dancing
- Special clothes
All the children are really looking forward to the wedding – look out for an invite!
The International Day Expo
Today the children from Year 1 visited the International Day Expo in the Sports’ hall. We had about an hour to visit lots of different countries, join in with a huge variety of amazing activities and, of course, collect lots of different artefacts from those countries! The children had a great time – many thanks to all the parents who helped make this such a successful event.
International Day 2013
This morning the children enjoyed International Day with the whole school. First we joined in a huge parade with our home countries followed by a wonderful cultural show in the Sports Hall. Later on we went into the Food Hall where we chose food from all around the world – it was fantastic! Tomorrow we are going to visit the International Day Expo and find out about countries all over the world.
Our celebrations learning this week
All week we have been learning about lots of different celebrations. We have been extremely lucky to have had lots of different experts in to tell us about Chinese New Year, Weddings, Christenings and Shichi-Go-San (七五三, literally "Seven-Five-Three"). We have also learnt about Shrove Tuesday (more commonly known as Pancake Day), Halloween and Divali. Have a look below to see our learning in action.
Our parent experts in action!
Learning about Divali
Today we started our new learning theme – “Let’s celebrate!” During this theme, we will be inquiring about a variety of celebrations around the world, starting with celebrations the children are aware of and then choosing some they are less aware of to find out ( and present) about. Throughout, we will refer to these five key questions:
1. Why does my family celebrate special occasions?
2. What special occasions do we know about? (e.g. Birthdays, Tiger Day, Loy Krathong, International Day, Diwali, Chinese New Year, Christmas, Easter)
3. How do we celebrate these special occasions? (e.g. dancing/food/people together/ gifts/ music/ fireworks/ presents/ dress)
4. How can we find out about other celebrations? (e.g. non-fiction books/pictures/video clips/experts/other people)
5. How is my family’s celebration of events different to other peoples'?
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