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Week beginning 11/12/17

WOW!  What a fun week with all the snow, although very cold and messy for adults, the children have loved playing in the snow, it really does make beautiful photographs.  I think Lucy and Ryan thought it was rather cold though, judging by their faces!  Imogen, Huey, Jack and George had such a good time finding the best kind of snow to throw snowballs.  Jack's waterproof trousers mean he can sit in the wet snow and be lovely and comfortable!

I think Charlie must have been moving too fast to catch him in a snow photograph but a special mention to him for his amazing focus at mark making time - he used all the different coloured crayons with purpose and intention! 


Have a lovely weekend

Mrs Topping

Week beginning 4/12/17

On Wednesday we all went to Vickers Water in Mansfield.  I must say the children behaved so well, they were safe, kind and when it was time to leave the park all of the Rabbits came straight away - this is fantastic for such young children. 


It was great to see the children sharing the equipment and being together.  Huey in particular quickly got the hang of sharing the zip wire with his friends.  Charlie was really calm and safe, he loved the high climbing frame and was a good role model for Lucy, who was very brave and eventually got on to the higher equipment. Imogen and Ryan really are good friends and loved being on the seesaw together.  George was amazing and tried everything, he is great at sharing and even helped take the zip wire back to his friends.  Jack just took it all at his own pace, he loved swinging high though.


Well done Rabbits.!


Mrs Topping

Week beginning 27/11/17

These photographs of the children really make me smile.  Our topic is African Tribes this half term and the Rabbits all really enjoyed making their own tribal necklace using their collage skills.  Imogen was very keen on the stars and all the children were able to create very individual designs.  Jack was happier to look at his jewellery rather than wear it!


Our book in English is 'We're going on a lion hunt'  an alternative version to the classic bear hunt story.  The class are really enjoying it although it is very tiring looking for lions every day.  They do like getting wet when we splash through the river!


We are looking forward to our adventure at Vickers Water next Wednesday, I do hope we don't find any lions!!!


Mrs Topping

Week beginning 20/11/17

This week all the children have been developing their interest in books and stories,  the class enjoy a story presented on our Interactive whiteboard but I also want them to have a love of actual books and enjoying handling them and looking at the pictures on each page - all very important pre-reading skills.  

Animal books continue to be a Rabbit favourite and I was really pleased to observe Ryan, George and Imogen work as a small group with Miss Hastings.  They listened well to the story and worked together to name all the animals they could see in each picture, fantastic language development.  Huey and Lucy enjoyed 'Waking through the Jungle'  what great focus when looking at the pictures.  Huey could name several of the animals and was very pleased with himself.  Jack and Charlie are building on their attention skills and willingness to listen to a short story until the end.  Jack likes to get comfortable when reading with an adult!


It was lovely to see Huey and Lucy choosing to sit at the mark making table together, this week, they even let Mrs Pearce join in!


​​​​​​​Great big well done to Charlie who has become our chief tidy up man at carpet time,  great focus on putting everything away in our tidy up bucket.  


Happy weekend

Mrs Topping and the team. 


Week beginning 13/11/17

This week the children have been thinking about sharing and taking turns as part of anti-bullying week.  Rabbits class are actually a very kind class and are starting to think about the feelings happy and sad, how it feels for them and how other people may look when happy or sad. 


Ryan and Imogen enjoyed spending some time together at the colouring table, it is good to see the children becoming interested in each other.  Both Lucy and Huey have been practising sharing the tea set, Huey makes a lovely cup of tea!  Outside all the children are sharing the equipment, practising waiting for their turn and also using signing or their words to ask for a turn.  George is trying hard to be assertive in order to get his chance on the scooter.  Charlie worked really hard to figure out how to move the car himself. 


Big mention to Jack who really enjoyed focusing on building at maths time!


THANK YOU for some lovely home learning - I really enjoy looking at the books.


Mrs Topping

Week beginning 6/11/17

The children this week have been working hard in maths looking at shape.  George, Imogen, Huey and Ryan are very confident now with matching two objects that look the same even if they are a different size.  The children are also starting to use the words big and small to describe objects.  Charlie, Jack and Lucy have been working on their focus around using bricks to build with.  Charlie tried really hard to use the large Lego even though it was hard!   We are very pleased with Charlie's improving focus and how he is trying really hard to use resources correctly.


Lucy was very impressive in English as she has really engaged in some purposeful mark making and is choosing to write at free flow time.  She also spent a lot of time making sounds with the instruments, she really was trying to use them to make sounds rather than  just sort them!  Imogen who loves creative time enjoyed producing work inspired by the artist Kandinsky, who uses a lot of circles in his work. 

This week I have also observed the boys enjoying looking at books, George is proving a real role model and Huey sat next him in the book corner to also use books correctly.  Huey also enjoyed sharing the trampoline with Ryan.


Happy Weekend

Mrs Topping and the team.




Week beginning 30/10/17

This week the children all did really well at swimming on Tuesday.  I am not lucky enough to go so it was fantastic for me to see photographs of the class making progress and really enjoying the water.  Every week the staff team report back to me and told me that this week was the calmest and happiest they have seen all the children.

Ryan and George are trying so hard to become swimmers, lifting their feet up and moving in the water without adult support - well done!

Our two girls Imogen and Lucy are very confident and the small hydro pool means they are able to float about in the water safely.  I do like Imogen's mode of travel.

Huey and Jack have really progressed since September - Huey is now coming away from the side and his big smile shows me he is feeling more confident.  Jack is now wearing his armbands and float aid which means he can also float about independently in the pool - looking for balls!



Mrs Topping

Week beginning 16/10/17

Wowzers!  What a busy half term we have had,  the children have settled in well and have started to get to know each other and enjoy being together.  All of the children are happy to carry out their work jobs in english and maths, I have also observed the class using our resources during continuous provision correctly too.  Huey is obviously a future architect as he loves to build towers and has some great problem solving skills working out how to add pieces to the top.  Charlie's focus improves all the time and he is showing interest and motivation in his classroom a little more now.  Jack is getting better at using his hands to explore different textures and along with Lucy loved playing in the rice crispies!

On Monday the school had a Hindu day and the very creative Rabbits enjoyed all things arty along with a workshop where they got the chance to dress up and hold different resources.  George who loves animals really liked the Indian tiger.  Imogen and Ryan looked beautiful in their Bindi,  Ryan, Imogen and George are working so hard on their counting skills and can say number names, George and Imogen can count to 20! 


Have a lovely week off with the children and happy birthday to Jack, Charlie and Huey who are all 6 in the half term!!


Mrs Topping and the team






Week beginning 9/10/17

We have had lots of magic moments this week as the children continue to work hard in english and maths.


George has cracked always counting out 2 objects to the question ' give me 2'  he remembers to stop which is a very important skill in early maths.  His name writing is improving every week and i was thrilled with George's pencil control today.  

Huey, Ryan and Imogen have excelled in their naming of friends when looking at photographs - they can all name every Rabbit friend, and Ryan tried super hard with his clear speech.  Huey was able to show Mrs Pearce he could count jumping circles to 10 this week too!

Charlie and Jack continue to develop their interest in different objects - Charlie is exploring lots of different things and is focusing much better at 1:1 work time.  

​​​​​​​Lucy is proving to be a dab hand at jigsaws and shape sorters - easy peezy! 


​​​​​​​I hope you enjoy looking at the photographs of just some of the things the children have enjoyed this week, never a dull moment in Rabbits!


Mrs Topping 

week beginning 2/10/17

I cant believe it is already October!  Time flies in Rabbits Class when you are so busy learning and having fun! 


Mrs Mason (as seen in the photo)  is enjoying teaching the children on a Friday and each week she can see a big difference in how the children are progressing as a whole class.  All of the children are starting to practise saying or signing each other's names.  Lucy was able to sign her own name during our morning carpet session.  Imogen really enjoyed looking at all the children's photographs as part of her reading practise.  Keep working on remembering your new class friends names Imogen. 


Topic work this week involved the children trying hard to name or sign animals and then match each animal to it's symbol.  Ryan was very pleased with himself as he could match all the animals.  Lucy and Jack were very interested in the animals and were able to match the elephant, snake and duck.  


In computing some of the children demonstrated how good their are at making something happen on the interactive whiteboard by using their finger to choose a favourite song.  Huey and George have a really good understanding of how to do this and are able to use the board very carefully without confusing it!!!!


Keep up the hard work Rabbits

Mrs Topping

week beginning 25/9/17

Happy Birthday to Lucy and Imogen who turned 5 and 6 this week!


Rabbits have been very busy using their creative side to develop their focus and sharing skills. Charlie impressed us with his willingness to sit and share his attention, he really enjoyed sitting with the Peppa Pig boat and we shared some great eye contact.  Huey and Lucy enjoyed being drummers in music and where able to wait their turn when using the instruments.

For our Write Dance session, which encourages the children to develop their fine motor skills through their senses and music, all of the Rabbits where able to share the water and sand - it was lovely to see Imogen and Ryan using the car wash carefully.  George, Huey and Jack LOVE the sand.


A special mention to George who was able to create a wonderful leaf face and talk about all the features of a face!


Mrs Topping

Week beginning 18/9/17

The rabbits have really worked on their focus and attention this week, All of the children are taking part in our maths and english sessions - they have really enjoyed the story 'Polar bear Polar bear, what do you hear?'  We have been practising making animal sounds, signing animal names and saying animal names.  Imogen and George already know our 'Silly Slippery Snake' song and they are both working hard on naming things that start with 'S'.   Lucy really likes to look at the book and it was great to see her turning the pages and looking at the pictures.  Jack is also proving to be a lover of books and really likes to share one with a grown up. 


In maths the children are working on saying number names and counting out amounts to match numbers.  Ryan is trying hard to count out 1 and 2 remembering to stop.


The class had great fun with Mrs Mason their Friday teacher, dressing up for winter in Science - the boys really suit the hats!


A special mention to Imogen who is always trying to work independently and was able to produce a wonderful Elmer the Elephant using her scissor skills! 


Mrs Topping

Week beginning 11/9/17

Hello and welcome to our Autumn term in Rabbits class.


What a fantastic start to the year - the children have settled quickly and our new boys; George, Huey and Jack are very much part of the class already!  Imogen, Ryan, Charlie and Lucy are showing the new Rabbits our routines. 

The children really enjoyed creating trees for our jungle animals using the pinecones - ALL the children enjoyed painting   Our topic this term is animals which I know all the children will really enjoy - the wilder the better!


Hydro starts next Tuesday so please send in swimming kit and any floating aids!  I hope the children really enjoy it!


Mrs Topping






We have had a very busy week despite being so close to the end of term, the children have loved using the climbing equipment in the big hall,  Charlie and Imogen are very confident.  Ryan loves to practise his basket ball skills. 

In music we practised being loud and quiet then fast and slow - loud and fast is very popular as you can imagine but the children also showed me that they can be quiet!  Charlie's focus in music was really great!


In English I was very pleased to see Imogen pick up our book 'Today is Monday' and follow the story as we listened to the song version on the whiteboard - Great understanding Imogen of how a book works and what each page shows!


May we take this chance to wish you all a lovely holiday together, we are really looking forward to working with the you and the children next year!


Mrs Topping and the team.


Hello Rabbits July 2017

What a fantastic 2 weeks we have had getting to know each other as the school has it's transition weeks.  Mrs Pearce has ensured that the new staff and the children all find out about each other and I have really enjoyed getting to know what the Rabbits like to do.  Happily they like singing as much as I do!  Five little monkeys is very popular in maths time!

It would appear I have a very creative class as I have watched Imogen LOVE to paint, Ryan is a good baker and Charlie LOVES water.  Lucy is a little organiser and enjoys moving the resources around!

I am really looking forward to next year and watching the children progress as much as they have this year!

Mrs Topping,

Mrs Pearce,

Miss Hastings,

Mrs Killeen

Miss Corcoran.

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