January/ February 2021
We would like to say Happy New Year to all our families, we hope that you are all keeping well in these uncertain times.
Thank you to everybody who participated in the Christmas raffle and to Sarah for creating our amazing hampers. We raised £140.00 which will go towards outdoor puddle suits that we would like to purchase for all the children as we are spending more time outdoors.
We are working hard trying to continue to put written observations and photos on to your child’s learning journal, if you see that your child may not have had an observation uploaded please bear with us during this time - we have not forgotten, we are just super busy.
We are keeping the building ventilated with most windows open during the day as per guidance to reduce transmission. Please either put some extra layers in your child’s bag so that we can put these on when needed. Please provide also a warm coat, a hat and gloves for your child to wear outside as it can get very chilly being outside for extended periods.+ read more
Chinese New Year
The Chinese year follows the lunar cycle which places the celebration of the new year at the time of the new moon that occurs sometime between the 21st January and 20th February. In 2021 the new year will begin on 12th February, when the Year of the Ox will begin.
We will not be able to try Chinese food or eat with chop sticks in our setting this year but we will encourage the children to create their own Chinese lanterns as well as learning the dragon song and create their own dragon.
You can of course expand on the topic at home, for example with these books:
Lanterns and Firecrackers by Jonny Zucker and Jan Barger Cohen
Bringing In the NEW YEAR by Grace Lin
My First Chinese New Year by Karen Katz
Why not let the children try foods that are eaten at the festival, for instance: rice cakes whose name (“nian gao”) sounds like the greeting ‘grow/ prosper in the new year; spring rolls as gold bricks; vegetables cut into coin shapes; long noodles to represent a long life, and dumplings whose shape is like old Chinese money. Maybe you have chop sticks and soup spoons in Chinese style at home so the children can try and eat their food with these?
… and finally
Thank you for your continuous support and for observing the government guidelines so that we can keep our children/ staff safe and remain open.
Adele and the Roundabout team