EYU’s Chatterbox Challenge

On Tuesday 11th February, EYU took part in I CAN’s Chatterbox Challenge to have fun developing their communication skills whilst raising money for I CAN’s work with children who struggle to communicate. This year’s Chatterbox Challenge ‘Sounds like Fun with Humf’ has helped the children’s understanding, attention and listening skills.

I CAN’s Chatterbox Challenge is an annual sponsored singalong for children aged 0-5 years across the UK.

The children participated in the Chatterbox Challenge in front of proud families and the Junior School in morning assembly, with the songs and rhymes, ‘If you’re happy and you know it’, ‘I hear Thunder’, ‘Hop Little Bunny’ and ‘Hickory, Dickory, Dock’. The children had made bunny ears to wear and participated in lots of activities throughout the week to enhance their learning and communication skills.

The children made muffins and biscuits and parents were invited back to EYU after the assembly for tea and coffee and to share our homemade goodies.

Read comments from the EYU children:

Olivia: “That was great fun!”
Ben: “I sang for my mummy”
Billie and Reece: “My favourite was ‘Hickory Dickory’”
Charles: “I liked singing loudly”

The children did fantastically well and have raised over £300. Well Done!

It has been a busy few weeks in EYU and the children have also recently enjoyed a train ride to Amersham and a visitor’s talk about Chinese New Year.

Train ride to Amersham

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Despite the heavy rain, on Wednesday 29th January, the children were really excited to make the trip on the train to Amersham. We all donned our wellie boots and waterproofs and walked to Great Missenden train station. Once at the station we talked about the trains going to London and Aylesbury. Mrs Morey collected the tickets – the children were very excited to have their own ticket.

We waited for the train to arrive and all jumped on. The children sat beautifully and excitedly talked to their friends about what they could see out of the window and where they were going. We arrived at Amersham Station and all got off the train. It was still raining so we walked up the road to Costa coffee where we were treated to a ‘babyccino’ and a biscuit before we coated up again and headed back to the station ready for our trip home.

This time we had to walk over the bridge to wait for the train. We climbed on board – it was a bit busier coming back. The children were a lot quieter on the journey home, tired after an exciting journey. We arrived back at Great Missenden, got off the train, climbed the steps over the bridge and walked back to school.

The children all behaved beautifully and were very polite to passers-by. What a lovely, wet but enjoyable afternoon.

Chinese New Year, Year of the Horse

On Tuesday 4th February, Mrs Leonard (Ming Sun’s mummy) came to talk to us about Chinese New Year, a festival their family celebrate each year.

Mrs Leonard told us a story about a monster who came into the town and was very naughty. Ming Sun acted out this part for us. He began to eat the sheep and scared the people. The monster was put in a mountain and was only allowed to go out once a year. The monster was scared of firecrackers, fire, bright flashing lights and the colour red. When the monster came back to the village the people were ready with firecrackers and lots of red flags. He was so scared that he fled back to the mountain. This is why on Chinese New Year people decorate their homes using the colour red and hang lanterns and light firecrackers. Red is a lucky colour.

We learnt to say “Gong Hei Fat Choi” which means wishing you good luck for next year, and “Hong Bau dau loi” which means “please can I have a red packet?” The children repeated the phrase and were each given a red money packet for good luck; it even had money in it. We were very lucky.

Ming-Sun wore his traditional Chinese dress, which was beautiful. He also showed us a lovely photograph of his family enjoying a meal in London, and a paper dragon that his brother had made. Mrs Leonard showed us a basket in which they steam yummy food.

Mrs Leonard also told us about the Chinese animal story and their race across the river in order to decide the animal years for the Chinese calendar. This made it easier for the people of China to keep track of time. The Jade Emperor invited all of the animals to join him for a New Year celebration, but only 12 animals turned up. To reward the animals that did come, Buddha named a year after each of them in the order that they arrived, starting with the Rat, followed by the Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog and Pig.

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EYU have also enjoyed learning about the Chinese zodiac and which animal year we were born in:

2009 – Ox
2010 – Tiger
2011 – Rabbit
2012 – Dragon
2013 – Snake

We also had fun finding out what animal the teachers were. Mrs Morey was Dog, Mrs Fisher was Rat, Miss Petrowski was Sheep, Mrs Henson-Derby was Monkey and Mrs Winfield was Rooster.

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