Our watery theme continues with the children creating puddle footprints and big raindrops during creative time, Jorgie, Max and Noah went for a splash, Jorgie wore her own shoes, Max went barefoot and Noah wore Mrs Topping's wellingtons. Preston and Leo really enjoyed using the blue to create rain, Leo enjoyed mixing colours and he told Miss Hastings his raindrop was beautiful! Freddie enjoyed sorting our weather resources onto the correct weather symbols, Freddie is very knowledge about the weather and he knows the wind will mess up your hair! The children are all enjoying the 'Who built the Ark' song and Bradley of course had a really good look at the book too. In Science we explored ice and melting, Preston found out it was very cold when he had a taste!
Demi made us all happy when she went to look at a Peppa Pig book for a little while, turning the pages and smiling.
In maths Freddie and Leo have really worked hard together looking at numbers and deciding which is more and which is less, its very serious work!! Jorgie has been working on her focus during work time, practising looking at and picking up our number song resources! she is worn out after such concentration! Kaiden was very clever when he gave each spider's leg one bug each at maths time, great 1:1 correspondence.
Meanwhile Bradley enjoyed cooking and told us it was a tea party, we think Bradley is expecting the tiger from 'The tiger who came to tea!'
Outside, the boys have been enjoying racing each other, of course they always beat me! What brilliant talking and turn taking!
Mrs Topping and the team
Happy new year everyone!
This term's topic is 'The Blue Abyss' so we will be exploring all things weather and water based. I think the children are going to enjoy this very much. In Science on Wednesday the children loved being in the water together making it rain and thinking about rain clouds. There was even a storm or two!! The song we were all singing was of course 'rain rain go away!'
In English the children continue to practise their writing and mark making skills. Leo shows real concentration when copying letter forms from our Jolly Phonics card, he is now going to practise writing letters without looking at a prompt, well done Leo! Jorgie is developing her fine motor skills with our inset jigsaws, she is getting better at looking at the puzzles as we help her to do them. Max did some terrific mark making on the interactive whiteboard, he created a very sparkly Christmas jumper with his finger. Oscar has become very interested in the Jolly Phonics as he has observed our older children engage with the songs and the letters. He can now found the matching letter as he hears it's song.
In maths the children have been working on their sorting skills and we found that Kaiden is a sorting whizz, even being able to sort objects that are very different such as cars and bears. He can say the words too.
In Sensory Science the children all enjoyed Christmas foam , they were able to share the bottle and squirting the foam until we had a great big unicorn mountain. Preston and Demi were very brave not only watching the other children but touching it too. Noah thought the foam was very funny as was playing Hungry Hippos at Circle time. Noah, Freddie and Oscar tried so hard to take turns, Freddie took it all very seriously and was able to follow the rules even when the smaller Rabbits sneaked in to steal the marbles!!!
Bradley has been very busy playing with our resources correctly, he created a wonderful Mr Potato Head and could tell me where his nose, eyes and shoes were. Mr Potato head went on all kinds of adventures. Bradley has also been exploring our Nativity saying 'Baby Jesus' and 'king'. Oscar and him then sang one of this term's favourites 'Daddy finger where are you?' but with a Christmas theme!! Very clever!
Sending you all a very happy Christmas and a safe new year. Thankyou all for your support this term, it is always very much appreciated.
Mrs Topping, MIss Hastings, MIss Birch and Mrs Pearce.
In maths we have been exploring shapes. Max was very interested in the 2D shapes especially the triangles, he could match the shapes to their symbols. Leo was able to sort the 3D shapes and he is getting really good at naming them, he knew he had sorted cubes and cuboids. The children have been finding out which 3D shapes roll, Noah has started to remember that a sphere and a cylinder roll whilst Freddie has took it a step further finding everyday items that roll, he knew the milk carton was a cylinder too.
Oscar has found a real love of books and chooses to look at his favourites now, he is getting very good at telling our 'From Head to Toe' story . Freddie is enjoying our new Barefoot Books and will always check with me first if he can read them first. Lovely manners Freddie!
In the morning at self register time, Noah waits for all his friends to arrive and hands them their photo saying their full name, its very helpful Noah - Thanks!
As part of our 'Let's Celebrate' topic we looked at the Jewish festival of Hanukkah, singing songs and handling resources. Bradley was very taken by the Menorah candle stick and he had a super try at saying it too. Preston and Jorgie used their creative skills to make Dreidels which are the spinning tops that the Jewish children play with. Great focus and concentration. Kaiden really liked the word Hanukkah and enjoyed holding on to the symbol whilst listening to the songs.
Happy Hanukkah everyone!
The children have continued to develop their counting skills over the last week. Noah is really confident when counting to 10 using his fingers, I like that he will always show us this skill now when we ask him to. Oscar and Bradley have been using number lines to recognise numbers to 10 and to count out loud, great talking boys! Leo has cracked counting amounts and he can quickly tell me how many he has in groups to 10 now. Freddie has completed the Numicon puzzle working out how to fill the 100 square with tiles, some of us grownups cant do that yet! Max has been counting pompoms, he can correctly count out up to 3 it must be because he is 5 now. Look at Oscar's colour tower, we realised he was building in colours too, a very wonderful rainbow.
Jorgie is becoming very interested in her photograph and that of her friends. She will have a little look at our self register in the morning. The boys have LOVED looking at the Eric Carle books and its wonderful that they want to enjoy the books with an adult not just with the whiteboard animations. Max, Preston and Leo loved to listen to the story and I know Preston is enjoying the books at home too. Kaiden and Noah can tell the stories and have a great memory for the words.
In other news, Bradley popped to the shop and was able to tell me he had a 'coin' when working the till. Demi also enjoys exploring our cafe home corner, picking up all the food and even trying some of to! Kaiden enjoyed a birthday party as part of our lets celebrate topic, whilst Max and Preston designed a birthday cake. Jorgie likes going to look at our balloons on the display and thinks the ribbons are great. Every time Noah sees the celebration display he breaks into the happy birthday song! In art the children created their own faces thinking about their skin, hair and eye colour. We are going to make puppets for our shadow play in Science.
Mrs Topping and the team
This week the children have been very enthusiastic about their counting especially using their fingers. Leo and Freddie are very confident when showing different amounts to 10, whilst Kaiden has been helping to count the finger puppets. Kaiden is very much an animal lover and enjoyed counting sets of different creatures with Mrs Pearce. Oscar likes to look at the children's photographs on our self register board and did a very good job of counting to 10. He also enjoyed putting the Numicon tiles in a row as Miss Birch counted them, he got as high as 48! Max showed me that he likes numbers to 5 and was able to pick them up in order as I said the number words. Noah can count his fingers too and find numbers on a number line practising his rote counting.
In English, we have been listening to and looking at Eric Carle books, along with, as always, 'We're Going on a Bear Hunt' We have been thrilled with how interested the class have been and I do think the older boy's, Bradley, Noah and Kaiden, love of books is having a positive influence on the younger boys. Jorgie looks very grown up studying her favourite Minnie Mouse book, without an adult sitting next to her. Preston and Leo were able to copy the actions of the animals in the 'Head to Toe' book, I do like their kicking donkey actions. Freddie read his reading book to me with confidence, I was very impressed!
Our topic this half term is 'Let's Celebrate' so we have sang about the noises fireworks make this week, and used giant pipettes to create beautiful and colourful patterns in the sky.
I hope you are impressed with the children's light and dark investigations in Science! Miss Hastings has captured the children really engaging with the torches to create shapes and shadows. I think Jorgie and Demi were trying to catch the light! Bradley was everywhere with his torch whilst Max found out it was very bright on his face.
In other news, Freddie created a birthday party which Demi came to and enjoyed an icecream. Noah showed Max how to use a communication board and the 3 boys tried so hard to share the new garage and cars.
Never a dull moment in Rabbits
Mrs Topping and the team.
As always its been a very busy two weeks in Rabbits, we are creating a wonderful song display which of course features 'The Wheels on the Bus' as the centre piece. Along with singing, bubbles continue to be a much loved shared activity and with it being World Mental Health Day on Thursday 10th October, it is great to show the children doing two of their happiest things. It makes me happy to see the children playing together and sharing time together. Leo and Freddie enjoy being silly together, well i don't blame them, Preston joined in too with hide and seek. Oscar practised peddling with a little passenger and then the boys all went off to play catch the number bugs together with the spiders. Dr Freddie checked on Jorgie whilst she had a rest outside - all was fine! Demi has been very happy when at school and we hope to see her back soon. I love the photo of the little boys sharing a story with Bradley who is our class book worm.
In maths the children have been exploring shape and sorting into sets. Jorgie enjoyed picking up the 2D shapes at carpet time whilst Leo has started to think about shape properties, counting sides. Max is very good at colour matching and we have discovered he can read colour words. At carpet time the boys were able to count using their fingers. Kaiden really enjoyed sorting pompoms into colour sets and he could say the words too.
In english it has been all about mark making and letter formation, Max loves to use a pencil and pen whilst Oscar, Leo and Preston enjoyed creating letter and number shapes with the bingo dabbers. Jorgie had a think about mark making and if it is for her! Freddie and Max showed me their reading skills, Max even sat with one of our governors, who came to visit, to show her his love for words.
Noah and Jorgie enjoyed our songs about school, Noah can find lots of different school equipment and does a very good pencil dance!!
Computing saw the children exploring Beebots and making them move, as you can see Oscar and Preston were fascinated. On the whiteboard the children were able to make things happen such as making the cars move, which Bradley and Oscar really enjoyed. Kaiden was able to give the teddy bear lots of cakes. Max has discovered the on and off buttons on the CD player!!
In science the children had great fun whilst learning - exploring their face with face paints, what a happy time we had.
Mrs Topping and the team.
The Rabbits continue to build their relationships and playing skills. I love to see them spending some time together without adult intervention. Freddie enjoyed showing his younger class friends how to share the skateboard and then went to build with Noah and Leo. Once again I have a class that enjoy books and I just loved how the boys sat together quietly looking at fiction and non fiction books.
Some of our brand new Rabbits, Preston and Demi are getting used to carpet time, looking very grown up on the red chairs.
In Science we are looking at animals and their habitats, this is Noah's favourite topic. He found the pigs on the farm very funny. He did talk about jungle animals with Miss Hastings but is very much a fan of ocean animals. Last Friday we explored the earth and keeping it safe! Bradley liked looking at the globe and I do like his concerned face. Freddie and Leo were able to talk about the melting ice especially in the hot sunshine.
In maths the children are developing their jigsaw skills and shape knowledge. Well done Preston and Max on your focus with inset jigsaws especially colour matching the fish. Jorgie was happy to see Kaiden who came to help her with her caterpillar jigsaw. Oscar was very interested in the 2D shapes and built towers of shapes that were the same! Very Clever. Bradley is practising saying the names of the shapes whilst Leo is going to think about how many sides the shapes have.
In other news we have discovered Jorgie loves bubbles, well who doesn't!!! Kaiden is the music man on the xylophone, Demi is an outside girl and Oscar LOVES eggs.
Its has been a really lovely start to the year for Rabbits Class, we have lots of new children and I can see the class forming relationships already. My aim for the first week was to have a happy, settled snack time as it is so important for social skills and communication. As you can see from the photographs the children are very happy to sit together, they do like to 'share' each others food though!! Freddie and Leo are enjoying playing outside and they have lots of good ideas such as flying off to space in their giant cardboard box. Happily all the children love music and songs, Oscar and Freddie even played us a tune on the instruments. Sharing of toys is very important in Rabbits Class , Preston and Noah loved sorting through the animal box together, whilst the boys were also able to share the playdough along with Leo. The big boys have been showing Max the ropes with the wonderful interactive whiteboard and he quickly picked up the idea of pointing to a picture to get his favourite song played. Demi and Jorgie our two little girls enjoyed the more physical side of school, they both love the trampoline and Jorgie was really grownup about changing into her PE kit on Monday.
In maths I have been thrilled and amazed with how quickly the new children have picked up using our Numicon tiles, Preston quickly realised how to match the tiles to the number line. Bradley enjoyed looking at himself on the Ipad whilst he told Mrs Pearce what number labels he was holding, what a lovely clear voice Bradley. Freddie had a super go at writing numbers to 8.
In English Leo worked on his phonic skills, finding pairs of letters and telling me what sound they made, whilst Kaiden really has enjoyed mark making in lots of areas inside and outside, Max joined in too! Oscar enjoyed looking at the pirate and knight books, looking for the pictures to match the sound buttons.
In computing Noah was really interested in the laptop and was quick to realise whatever keys he pressed on the keyboard showed up on the screen!! AMAZING!
PHEW! What a busy start to the school year!
Mrs Topping and the team.
Its been a fantastic year in Rabbits Class and I have been very lucky to teach this funny and enthusiastic class. It's time to say goodbye to our big boys Bobby, Charlie, Huey and Jack, and although we will miss them they really do look very grown up in Rabbits now! Good Luck Boys!
They now hand the baton on to Kaiden, Bradley, Noah and Leo as we welcome lots of new children in September.
Have a wonderful summer everyone!
Mrs Topping, Mrs Pearce, Miss Birch and Miss Hastings.
In music this week the boys have really enjoyed wearing their jazzy pants to dance to 'Pants' by Nick Sharratt, who is defiantly one of our favourite authors this year. Its a very silly song and that suits us perfectly. I think you will agree the children wear their underwear well!! Although Bobby much preferred to wear his prince crown than a pair of pants over the top of his trousers! I mean Mrs Topping really!!!! Charlie, Jack, Huey and Bradley liked their pants so much they kept them on, Charlie climbing in his, Jack bouncing in his, Huey playing and Bradley reading in his!!
Leo found it much more comfortable to wear his on his head, and why not!!! Noah enjoyed showing us where to find the song whilst wearing his pants and Kaiden took dancing and jumping to the music in his snazzy pants very seriously.
This week the children have worked really hard despite it being so near the end of term. In maths they have all impressed us with their effort and determination. Noah asked for the big numbers when outside and with Huey's support they sorted them into a number line, of course Noah knew all the numbers too! Kaiden confidently counted knights for Mrs Pearce, pointing to each one. Leo loved finding out about the + symbol and remembered it meant add 2 groups of knights together! Huey was super confident naming numbers and could give1 knight every time - Yes Huey!!! We have found that Bobby is very interested in the number 1 if he is matching food to the number label - funny that Bobby!!! I am super impressed with Charlie as he was asked several times to put only 1 knight on the label, he did this every time and really quickly!!!
KIng Jack and Prince Charlie joined us at carpet time - the children love this royal topic, next week we will travel to the seaside in class - well as long as the great British weather behaves!
Kaiden and Bradley practised their jigsaw skills - trying so hard with a 12 piece dinosaur jigsaw, not always easy! Huey asked Miss Birch to read Owl Babies and he could remember the words 'I want my mummy.'
In other news the children have been painting jazzy pants for our dance to one of our favourite books 'Pants.' Watch this space for the actual dance!
This week we have had royalty visit us in Rabbits as we have sang about kings and queens as part of our Great British Values topic. Queen Lucy has spent her last week with us before she moves up to Squirrels next week! I think the move is going to be harder for the staff than Lucy! King Noah has enjoyed wearing the crown whilst prince Bradley has enjoyed a cape. Kaiden visited the Castle small world area and thrilled us with his use of words such as dragon, witch and princess. During focus time Lucy was brilliant at copying the new royal signs and Bobby was very interested in the dragon and the symbol. He even roared like a dragon and tried to say the word.
Of course another great British tradition is going to the seaside, and as you can see Charlie and Jack love to dip their feet in water and relax just like a couple of grandads on holiday!!
Leo impressed Miss Birch with his focus when sharing a book and telling a story using the pictures to help him - great speech Leo! In maths Kaiden was able to use a 10s frame to place a minion in each box, understanding only 1 per box, well done!
There was great fun to be had with a box too, Noah and Leo asked for pens to decorate it and I was very pleased with Noah's smiley faces, he remembered 2 eyes and a mouth.
The boys have really progressed with their copying dance actions this year. Kaiden and Leo showed us the actions to our animal story, whilst Bradley could find his eyes and ears when listening to the 5 senses song.
Well done everyone!