Monday, 26 February 2018

Letter 21 (2017-18)

26 February, 2018
Dear Parents,
          Welcome back to school.  I hope that all of you have had a restful and joyful time together during the half-term break.  Did you go anywhere special?
          The week before the half-term break was “One World Week.”  It was a week when we talked about the country where we were born, the country where we are living in and other countries around the world.  It was a week which we explored different cultures.  Thank you for helping us learn more about our own heritage and our friends’ heritage by coming in to read or cook with us.  We were certainly happy to have you with us.  We had a chance to make English sandwiches, make Thai coconut jelly and taste chocolates from Belgium.  In order to learn about other countries, our Nursery Class represented Nepal, and the children had a chance to learn many things about Nepal.  As children this age are interested in animals, we first looked at the animals commonly found in Nepal.  To continue our discussions from farm animals, we first focused on mountain goats, and yaks.  We were fascinated by the goats as they could climb up very high mountains without falling.  We then touched and observed many items made from goat and yak wool.  We all thought the pashmina shawl made from goat’s wool was softer than the products made from yak’s wool.  However, the items made from yak’s wool were more appealing to us as it could be made into dolls, and puppets.   In the art centre we looked at Nepal and India’s famous art technique called “Rangoli Art” and made one by sprinkling coloured sand to make a pattern.  As Nepal is famous for its high mountains.  We looked at pictures of Nepal’s mountain range including Mt. Everest, which is the highest mountain peak in the world. We then pretended to climb up and down Mt. Everest.  It was tiring!  During the week we also visited China, Canada and Australia.  In China we played a game called “Catch the Dragon’s Tail,” in Canada we tasted maple syrup on pancakes, and in Australia we tasted vegemite and made boomerangs.  As the last day of the week was Chinese New Year, we all dressed up in our Chinese or red clothes to celebrate Chinese New Year. We tried on a dragon mask, danced the dragon dance and make loud noises with drums to celebrate the new year.  Photos showing our activities for “One World Week” will be displayed in front of our classroom.  Please come and have a look.  As always, you can also go to our Nursery blog on the school’s website to look at photos too.
          This week we will be starting our discussion on our new theme, “In the Garden.”   Throughout the next few weeks, we will be looking at things that we can find in a garden, the person who takes care of a garden, tools used in gardening, and insects.  For this first week, we will be talking about grass, the gardener and gardening tools.  It should be a fun and interesting theme for all of us.   
                                                                             Best Regards, 
                                                                             Ms. Marizon