Celebrating the Chinese New Year

All the children in the Foundation Stage and Key Stage One celebrated Chinese New Year last week. Our celebrations culminated with a celebratory assembly on Monday this week, where the children showed examples of their work, shared facts about the festival and sang and played Chinese music. I was particularly impressed with the Key Stage One children in our assembly as they sang and played the accompaniment to our dragon song on hand bells, ocarinas and symbols. It was the Year one’s first performance on their ocarinas, as they only started to learn to play this term!

We had such great fun that the children asked if we could visit the nursery again to share our music with them. The nursery loved our song and watched with wide eyes as the 5-7 year olds showed the little ones their instruments and let them have a go. The 3-4 year olds were delighted to see their friends again and were beautifully behaved. The second time through, they joined in with the actions of our song.

Christmas Fun

We’ve reached the end of term and it’s been so busy that I haven’t had a chance to blog! Please enjoy a selection of photos from our Christmas activities. I have included a range of photos: Christmas parties, a visit from Santa, Christmas shopping, Christmas dinner, our KS1 Christmas show, our school trip to the pantomime and posting our letters to Santa. It’s been a whirlwind the last few weeks, but thoroughly enjoyable. I was particularly proud of the children’s confident and outstanding performances both singing, speaking and acting in our Christmas show (Ralph the Reindeer) and playing the ocarinas and hand bells at carols at the gate. Have a lovely break everyone, and I’ll look forward to seeing you all in 2020. Merry Christmas!