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!
Its the start of our transition period so the children and staff are experiencing lots of changes, which is always hard but also very much a part of life! This is Imogen's last appearance as a Rabbit as she prepares for Squirrels, good luck in keystage 2 Imogen.
In other news the children have all been practising making faces using the interactive whiteboard, Lucy and Huey were very good at placing the features onto the correct part of the face, no ears as a mouth or nose as an ear!! The class have enjoyed the pirate theme this half term and Bradley enjoyed using his magic finger to create colour on the pirate picture in a paint program, a rainbow pirate i think!!! Charlie showed great focus matching the pirate figure to the correct symbol, well done Charlie you have really progressed with your symbol use. Bobby has loved looking at the 'Portside Pirate' book and is very clearly a fan as he often asks us for the pirate songs at carpet time. Kaiden makes a very fine pirate wearing his eye patch and singing our Patty Shukla song 'Come sail away with me.' The next three weeks we will be singing about kings and queens as we look at Great British Values, there may also be knights and dragons to make it even more exciting!!
Jack looks very pleased with himself holding the number 1, he has absolutely cracked picking up 1 object and even says the number sometimes. WELL DONE JACK!
Leo and Noah had a great time outside building a tree house together, using the bricks, what great sharing! Leo also enjoyed turn taking when playing Hungry Hippos with Huey and Mrs Parish. Mrs Parish has really enjoyed working in our class on a Wednesday, she was thrilled with how much the children know and do - we are full of surprises!
Well done Rabbits during Sports week when despite the rain the children were able to take part in lots of indoors activities. We do intend to carry out the sponsored happy walk over the next week or so, once the weather has settled (well we can live in hope!!)
In the hall the children enjoyed lots of high energy physical activity, Bobby demonstrated how confident he has become at climbing high and posing for the camera at the same time. Huey took himself for a spin in our giant spinning top , he does find this very funny and I think he knows he looks funny too. Charlie LOVED sports week and is happiest when standing on a high piece of equipment, he was very safe throughout too!
The children all tried preparing healthy food, some of the children even ate it too!! Leo made a delicious fruit face sandwich, enjoying chopping and cutting. Mrs Wilkinson showed the class how to use an outdoors cooker to make pasta, she needed to wear her hat all week even though it is June!! Jack was very impressed with the pasta but let me have it for my lunch!!!
The Adventure Service enjoyed their time in Rabbits class as the children all like a messy art activity. Imogen and Lucy really engaged with making flags using vegetables to print with. Who knew cabbage could be used in such a way! The flags are now outside in our garden area. Bradley and Noah made grass seed heads, what super listening boys! I hope the grass heads are growing well at home. Kaiden stomp stomp stomped with a great big football boot in the paint, he said the words too!! Great fun had by all!
As with all great weddings, the candid shots are often the best so here are some more photographs from our wonderful wedding morning. We were very lucky with the weather and the catering was second to none! Imogen and Lucy really enjoyed their bouquets and some of the boys kept their button holes on even if just for a brief moment. Charlie enjoyed the quiet of the church and several times through the morning we found him sitting quietly in the corner. Bradley's favourite wedding accessory was defiantly the party blowers and he looked after his all day. Kaiden loved being outside exploring the confetti and Jack had a good smell of his flower. Huey found lots of different places for his tie whilst Noah enjoyed saying 'cheers' with his flute. Bobby enjoyed getting to taken his shoes and socks off which is a must for every wedding party!
As you can see on the Wednesday after the wedding the boys really felt they needed a rest!!! Carrying on from our well being afternoon last week.
With that in mind have a lovely week off together and be kind to yourself as well as the children.
Mrs Topping and the team
On Monday we had a whole school well-being afternoon, thinking about being kind to ourselves. I introduced Rabbits class to 'Gong Music.' As you can see from the photographs it really did relax most of the children, it is very much sound for meditation and I observed several of the children slowly calm and enjoy lying down and 'chilling.' If you want to know anymore about it please send me a Seesaw message. Kaiden helped Miss Hastings decorate our kindness box whilst sitting outside in the sun. This box has lots of ideas in it to help the children be happy and kind to themselves. As you can imagine our class box contains items such as songs, stories, balloons, bubbles and the odd sponge!!!
I could post photographs of the children looking at books every week as they all enjoy a good story. Bradley our resident book worm is now starting to tell us about what he can see in his favourite books. Whilst looking at a Fireman Sam book he said 'what's happened?' and 'water' to tell me there had been a flood. Imogen is working her way through our pink strand of the school reading scheme, using her phonic skills to read new words. We are all very proud of her for her reading and spelling progress! We were also proud of Noah for sharing his very favourite Disney character book with Bradley in book corner. Leo asked to do some colouring with the new paw patrol crayons, I was super impressed with how he could colour in very small areas of Buzz Lightyear. Lucy, Noah and Kaiden also enjoyed mark making using our new chalk pens outside. I hope Mrs Askham likes what we have done to the place!!!
In Science with Mrs Killeen, Mrs Pearce, Miss Corcoran and Miss Hastings the children have been thinking about light and dark - I love the shadow photographs. Imogen and Lucy danced with their shadows outside whilst Charlie created a climbing shadow. In the dark den Huey, Bobby, Jack, Kaiden, Bradley and Leo LOVED using the torches to create shadows and light to see.
WHAT A BUSY WEEK! We are all looking forward to the wedding next week.
In music the children are practising being the band leaders instructing others to play their instruments fast and slow or to stop and go. Imogen was most defiantly chief conductor and she even made up her own words to go with the instrument playing. Noah thought it was hilarious when I asked him go and stop really quickly, he could then conduct me to do the same.
In computing the children continue to enjoy using the remote control car - Jack had a really good try at moving it using the controls and enjoyed the fact he could sit down to do it! Charlie watched the car move and had a little help to press the buttons on the control. Leo has been promoted to using the Beebot and he enjoyed making it dizzy by using the direction keys to make it go round and round and round!
It has been Using and Applying week in school so the children have been practising paying for current buns with a 1p , using the classic song they started to understand that giving me some money meant they would get a yummy cake (Not real sadly!!) Huey and Bobby have really enjoyed this maths activity.
We have continued on our train ride in English, Bobby has been encouraged to look at the symbol for train and hopefully he will say the word too! Noah has discovered the word lighthouse and he can find the picture of it in our big book.
In other news Kaiden has been practising his cutting skills at the fine motor skills area and Lucy has been relaxing reading her favourite 'Jungle Boogie' book in the reading area.
Welcome to the Summer term (already), Our topic is Toys so as you can imagine the children are loving it. Our story is 'The Train Ride" which Kaiden enjoyed reading to the dinosaurs, he then went to play with the toy train. Kaiden often takes his carpet time learning into continuous provision. Another popular book this half term is 'There's a Shark in the Park' Noah loves to shout the words which is exactly right as Bradley looks through his telescope like Timothy Pope from the book.
In computing the children are using remote control cars to practice making things move by using arrow buttons. Imogen, Huey and Leo were quick to realize how to make the car go forward and turn around. I'm very happy they didn't make it crash, obstacle courses next I think!
In maths Leo is working on his understanding of more and less along with simple additions using objects. He was super quick at saying which group of compare bears had the most in, even when there was very little difference. Bradley was very pleased with how quickly he could count out 1 and 2 bears, he says the numbers so clearly too! Charlie was amazing practicing his understanding of the number 1, placing 1 Numicon tile and 1 bear carefully on top of the number 1.
In English the children have practiced mark making on the interactive whiteboard. Imogen showed everyone how carefully she can write her name, whilst Jack, Bobby and Charlie enjoyed creating different marks using their fingers and hands with some good looking at what they were doing. Lucy, Bradley and Huey were able to copy straight lines both across and down. Bobby has also got much better at finding and holding his photo at morning time register.
In other news Noah LOVED watching the storm last Thursday, I was less bothered about the thunder and lightening I must say. Noah told me 'I can see the storm"
The Rabbits girls took part in a dance festival in our hall along with Squirrels. Some of our pupils went to watch along with children from another special school -well done girls!
Enjoy the long weekend!
Its been all about the Eater Bunny this week and as a class called Rabbits it seemed fitting to say Happy Easter with some Rabbit ears. Miss Hastings worked very hard to get our photographs as you can imagine !!! What wonderful personalities all the children have, Kaiden made us laugh as he really didn't want to be an Easter Bunny!!! Leo and Imogen are our best posers for the camera, wonderful eye contact Imogen. Bradley thought Kaiden and his ears were very funny! Lucy looks very pleased to be an Easter bunny whereas Noah may not as sure! Bobby and Huey look like very big boys together and took it very seriously. Charlie what a beautiful smile and Jack is our outdoors bunny rabbit.
HAPPY EASTER EVERYONE! As always thankyou for all your support.
See you soon
Mrs Topping and the team.
This half term I have introduced the wonderful Dough Disco after attending an amazing course about motivating children to write. The children are encouraged to develop their fine motor skills through performing different actions to music with the dough. We all sit together at English carpet time with a little pot of dough each. The class are now very good at organizing themselves to get out the dough and to use it correctly (sometimes they are tempted to have a little nibble of it I must admit!) At the moment we are using the two songs 'If you are happy and you know it' and 'One little finger' to practice squashing, rolling, pressing, squeezing and flattening the dough along with anything else the children can think of.
Lucy is very good at rolling to music and tries hard to copy the adults actions too. Imogen can use some of the words we are saying to describe our movements, she is a great copier. Huey has found that pressing the dough with his elbow onto his hand makes a great pancake shape. Jack is building his hand muscles by squeezing the dough between his fingers. Kaiden loves the songs we are singing and is trying to squash and pull the dough to music. Bradley and Noah are finding different parts of their bodies with the dough as we sing 'put it on your head' 'put it on your foot.' Charlie wasn't too keen on the texture of the dough but he is now being very brave and gently putting one finger on to it. Bobby is getting the hang of rolling the dough ball in his hand and of course loves the songs. Leo tells us about what he is making as he rolls his dough, he made 5 fingers one day, very appropriate for Dough Disco.
I think its a brilliant way to develop pre writing skills without picking up a pencil!
This week the children have been exploring and naming shapes. Leo was able to complete his shape matching picture completely on his own and could tell me the shape names when I got them wrong. Rabbits class love playdough and Kaiden and Jack were very focused when using shapes to print in the dough. Great group work everybody! Noah is a shape wizard and not only can he name his 2D shapes he can balance them on his head!! Outside Charlie practised being a postman and helped Mrs Pearce deliver the shapes. Bobby tried really hard with the shape jigsaw and I really like that he is willing to keep trying. We also found out that he likes the number song 5 little speckled frogs, well who doesn't !!! Huey is really enjoying completing jigsaws and he has graduated to those with up to 20 pieces. He didn't even mind when he found a piece was missing!
In English the children have practised finding their own photograph from the class group, everyone tried really hard with their looking and Bradley and Lucy could find their own face really quickly. Carpet time always impresses anyone who comes to visit us as the children are so focused and calm, Charlie is now sitting next to other children rather than next to an adult, well done Charlie!
Outside Kaiden was very pleased with his efforts on the balance bike, its not easy you know! Imogen loves a dress up day and came as beautiful princess for Comic relief, she also likes to pull funny faces for a selfie!! She defiantly suits the rabbit ears!!
There has been brilliant writing and reading in Rabbits this last week, Imogen is practising her phonic skills both using Word on the computer and using a pencil. She practised spelling her friends names and jungle animal words, great segmenting skills Imogen. Leo has impressed us this week as he was able to start to tell us which letter sound some animal words began with and had a fantastic try at writing the letters too - a great attitude! Bradley came ready for a bear hunt on world book day, he had everything needed including a wonderful map that his mummy had made, he could follow the map as I told the story. Noah really likes 'Handa's Surprise' he enjoyed telling the story to Mrs Pearce, or should I say Olaf!!!! Kaiden loves the phonics table and he could order the alphabet using the wooden letters. Continuing our jungle theme we have been reading 'Walking through the jungle' Lucy can sign lots of animals, she does a very good snake. Huey helped read the story saying the animal words and the word jungle -well done. Bobby really enjoyed looking at the book and listening to the story, although in the photo it does look like he is on the look out for the crocodile from the story!
In maths the children used the magic number wand to count, Huey and Kaiden were both super confident rote counting to 10. Lucy and Jack continue to work on finding numbers in a number line, Jack is finding the small numbers even when he has all the numbers up to 10 to look at.
At carpet time we have been singing about our favourite colours and Bradley was able to find each one as we sang it's name, great listening Bradley!
The jungle theme continues in play and art. The children were asked to pick a zebra or a tiger to make Charlie looks very focused and we are finding out that Bobby is very much a fan of creative activities.
In other news, the sand has been very popular this week at the number table - it has money hidden in it and we also like to pretend we are at the seaside in the sun as this weather is so horrible! Back when we had a sunny day the boys all tried out the new balance bike, great exercise.
As always its been an action packed 2 weeks since coming back to school. The children did their Race for Life in PE on Monday, they were more than ready for a sit down after lots of movement, all be it at their own pace! A special mention to Bobby's family who raised well over 300 pound, AMAZING!
In maths the children have been working on their rote counting skills along with making number lines, Imogen is a number line wizard ordering and saying numbers to 20 even when the number labels were very mixed up on the table. Huey can make a number line to 10 and Bradley got all the way to 6 all by himself. Noah loved putting Mrs Pearce right when she got her numbers wrong outside, he quickly told her which number she was holding all the way to 10. He really suited being number 8 too! Charlie is being encouraged to find numbers 1 and 2, he is getting much better at looking at the numbers and even touching them sometimes! Keep trying Charlie! Leo was very proud of himself as he was able to count amounts of jungle animals to 5, remembering to count each object slowly and 1 at a time.
Our topic this half term is The Jungle. We are looking at the book Animal Boogie, exploring the animals that live there and the very tall trees. Jack found a monkey and a leaf in the Jungle. It was great to see Charlie and Bobby pick up our book to explore independently for a short time. Kaiden was amazing at finding the symbols to match all our animals, he knew the names too without any help. Lucy was very confident when matching the wild animals to their symbols, she couldn't be fooled when the animals were swapped either. Leo is getting really good at remembering all our stories, he helped Miss Hastings read the book and could fill in all the missing words.
I hope you all enjoyed the pancakes the children made for Shove Tuesday, they really enjoyed picking the fillings to spread on each one.
Outside the children enjoyed our new grass, especially last week in the sunshine, I am also very happy as no more mud!!! YEY!
This week we have started to learn our stranger danger song, practising the words and signs for stranger and danger. The children's faces say it all really about how serious this subject is both in real life and on social media as they get older. It will come as no surprise that we have a family song too when thinking about who keeps the children safe and happy.
Bobby has had a wonderful first half term at Bracken Hill, his interest in building continues as does his independence when using painting tools, if only I could get him to smile too for the camera! Well Done Bobby!
Using balloons we sang the BINGO song - always a children's favourite. I wrote each capital letter on a balloon, Imogen was very interested and knew what name and sound each letter made, she even managed to hold all 5 balloons at the same time! The magnets have proved hugely popular and my class of little scientists have experimented with what materials will stick to the 3 magnets. Leo realised that money is metal and Bradley discovered the magnets stick to each other.
Huey asked to play with the moulding sand, he spent ages finding out the best ways to build castles and mould hills and mountains. Lucy is an expert at using a spoon to put the sand in a very small mould.
Leo found all our jigsaws and I found out he is very good at them - even doing 2 at a time!
Charlie had a very studious moment enjoying the Bob the Builder book, Noah is very interested in what Charlie is doing and loves to say his name, Noah has been such a chatter box and when Mrs Killeen asked him where she going when he said 'bye bye,' Noah replied 'shopping', You know Mrs Killeen so well Noah! Kaiden went on a bug hunt (as oppose to a bear hunt') I love the photos of him watching the minibeast and finally catching it -great hand eye coordination!
Jack made Pom pom surprise in the kitchen for us and then washed them! Thanks Jack!
It has been great to use SeeSaw to communicate with you and share moments throughout the day, don't forget to download the app if you haven't done so already!
Happy half term and enjoy your time together.
Mrs Topping and the team
This week in maths the children have been using Numicon, the wonderful number resource that helps them recognize numbers and understand amounts, Bradley is very interested and can find the number label 1 to match the orange Numicon tile. Charlie is working on this too and despite finding it hard he persevered and focused for as along as Mrs. Pearce wanted him to. Noah has cracked big and small, he sorted the minions into two groups in a matter of minutes -well done Noah!
In English Leo continues to develop his writing skills, he went off to find a book and a yellow pen and wrote a 'm' telling me it was for McDonalds, very clever! The Jolly phonics CD and book has been very popular this week in listening corner. Kaiden looks very studious reading the book whilst singing the songs, Leo was in charge of the CD player whilst Jack listened in the background, can you see him making the castanet action with his hands for 'c' and 'k'?
The 3 little pigs have been created in the form of puppets and cakes - hope you enjoyed the pig buns on Monday? Huey loved the idea of putting the puppets on spoons to play with and he knew he needed 3 pigs as that's how many there are in the story. Lucy was so precise when baking and sometimes the marshmallows even went on the cake rather than into her tummy! The children practiced using a cooking communication board with Josie the speech therapist, it looks like Jack really enjoyed himself.
In the hall during physical movement time, it was all about rolling the balls. Imogen has cracked it, not only performing the action but listening to instructions on when to the roll the ball. She was a very good role model for Bobby, who was very happy to catch the ball but kept forgetting to roll it back!!! I'm sure Bobby will get the idea very soon!
Outside the children have played wonderfully together on the great big connect 4, negotiating turn taking and sharing. Noah and Jack gave each other a helping hand back from the sensory room, lovely social skills!
Hello everyone, we have made it to February although we haven't made it through the cold weather yet! Rabbits class love to be outside though despite the cold and this weather is great for practicing putting on your own coat and wellingtons.
The children's independence grows in other areas too, we were so impressed with Imogen as I asked her to get on with solving the alphabet jigsaw with no adult input at all, she did this with confidence and even put it away for me after. Bobby is showing us what he likes to do more and more each day, he loves the traditional tale stories. He enjoyed using construction materials and what a very serious face when focusing, Bobby loves the outdoors and I hope you agree that his outdoor attire is very on trend!! Bobby even gave me a 'cheese' when I took his photograph!
The children are playing together and finding ways to share, look at Huey, Lucy and Bradley with the figures! Noah is my main man when blowing bubbles at relaxing time, he has even noticed how I will pat Charlie's favored texture with the bubble wand when Charlie asks! How kind Noah!
Charlie made a very important phone call, I'm not sure who it was but maybe it was to 'Zoolab' about Sally the snake who came to see us!! Charlie's face when he saw the beautiful snake was a picture!!
I was so proud of the children when they went into the hall to sit and wait to see each animal presented to them by Barry, great waiting - although I'm not convinced the animals were for everyone as Lucy's face may show! Not only did we see Sally, but there was Maxine the millipede and Sophie the giant snail. Kaiden, Jack and Leo were very brave as they touched each animal even though they were a little nervous at first! I do think some of the children would have popped the animals in their bag if they could have.
'SOMEBODYS BEEN EATING MY PORRIDGE!!!' said Daddy Bear and 'I think it's the Rabbits!!!'
The children really enjoyed playing and eating real porridge with Mrs Mason last week in their sensory science lesson - Lucy was so happy making hills of porridge and using her spoon - just like Goldilocks. Bobby and Imogen also enjoyed the texture of the porridge whereas Bradley and Kaiden needed a little more convincing, Bradley got stuck in after a few minutes but Kaiden is defiantly NOT a fan!
Noah and Charlie are really doing well when it comes to looking at different books with an adult - Charlie really liked The Gingerbread man as it had lots of lovely textures for him to explore. Noah preferred to 'read' Goldilocks to Miss Hastings and his talking and use of the character words was wonderful. Huey and Jack impressed Mrs Pearce when looking at the character symbols, being able to find the correct one when asked - great talking Huey, great focus Jack.
Do you like the children's Goldilocks and daddy bear puppets? Can you guess who is hiding behind them? Wonderful collage skills Rabbits!
In maths the children are sorting into groups of big and small. Huey was presented with lots of balls all mixed up and was able to sort them into a big and small bucket. Kaiden needed help at first but then was able to sort into the correct sets saying big and small too.
Leo loved writing on the table tracing around letters, I was very impressed with his pen control and how sensible he was when using the felt tips.
In other news there has been some lovely playing together. Noah and Leo were able to negotiate sharing the bricks and outside the boys had a wonderful time playing ready steady go with Michelle one of our brilliant Middays .
Welcome to Spring 2019, and a big hello to our new Rabbit Bobby. Bobby is already enjoying the routines and songs of our class - I'm very happy that he likes singing and music because as you know I do too! Our topic this half term is Traditional Tales and we have started with Goldilocks and the Three Bears, as you can see there was great fun around the porridge table, I think all the children think they are Goldilocks, eating baby bear's porridge. At carpet time, the masks have proved very popular with Imogen, Noah, Huey and Bobby enjoying stepping into the character roles. As well as listening to the story the children have looked at the books too, Leo has tried so hard to remember the tales to tell us all.
In maths the children have impressed with their confident number work, finding number labels and counting out small amounts of bears. Bradley and Kaiden used their big voices to say 1 2 3 when looking at the number labels and Kaiden counted the bears whizzy quick! Lucy is getting the hang of number 1 whilst Leo has been writing the numbers. Imogen finds counting out amounts to 10 easy now and is Miss fast fingers when showing the amounts on her hands.
In cooking the children made bear house sandwiches, I really love the photos of them all, what super concentration when using the tools, Mrs Killeen is working hard on their independence.
In other news Jack is practising putting on his coat all by himself, Charlie pulled funny faces in the mirror and Noah really tried to crack using scissors.
Always busy in Rabbits.
PS The Chad are coming today to take our photograph, I will let you know when it is in the paper.
The children have enjoyed all things Christmassy this week and we have been very impressed with how they have coped with lots of changes and everything that this time of year brings!
The Christmas show was a huge success and I know I am biased, but I must say even though Rabbits Class are the youngest in school, they were amazing!
The boys worked together to decorate our class tree and I have been very happy that once the tree was up it stayed intact and safe for us to enjoy. Owl Babies continues to be a favourite and I think all the staff in Rabbits can read it without looking at the words now!
There were some cutting skills involved in the making of our Christmas cards, which Noah and Lucy really concentred on, I can see the focus in their face. Bradley and Huey were our chief bakers making Christmas biscuits for our stall at the school's annual Christmas market on Wednesday. Imogen provided the very green Christmas tree, excellent independent painting Imogen whilst Lucy was very good at helping Mrs Mason run the stall demonstrating how to decorate the Christmas tree.
Charlie and Kaiden defiantly got into the Christmas Sprit wearing their reindeer hat and then posing for a selfie. Leo is head snowman maker at the playdough table!
All of the team want to send a big thanks for all your support this term and we wish you a very happy Christmas .
Mrs Topping, Mrs Mason, Mrs Pearce, Miss Hastings, Mrs Killeen, Miss Corcoran.
PHEW! What a busy week the children have had, not only are we thinking about Christmas and practicing for the sing song next Monday, but the class have continued to develop all their curriculum skills.
Charlie loved asking for a huge crumpet using his communication board, great looking and pointing, he ate the lot too!
At morning register time I ask the children to find their name card on the floor, all the children are starting to do this now but Imogen and Leo are the quickest, Imogen can often find her friends names too. Also in English the children have been developing their early writing skills through mark making, the ever loved koala was created on the interactive whiteboard and using felt tips, Noah continues to try with his interest in using different writing tools, he was very good at putting dots on the koala.
In maths the shape monster was very popular, and as you can see Huey, Lucy and Bradley were able to find the correct shape monster mouth to eat up the 2D shape - the children found this game very exciting. If you would like to try it at home Google 'Topmarks shape monsters.' The children then made their own shape monsters, Imogen's monster was really good, she knew exactly which shapes she needed to create a face.
Some of the children have started to use the laptop and the keyboard, Leo looks like he is in a very important meeting with Donna as he types away, his meeting mainly concerned going to Disney Land!
Huey and Jack continue to be very modern men, helping make the toast at snack time , and washing up. Jack has ben very busy 'cooking' with the playdough, He is certainly going to be a chef when he grows up,
Lucy not only wiped her own nose but also made sure Bob the Builder had a tissue too! How very kind Lucy! Bradley discovered that he really likes to try and cut - such concentration with the snow flakes !
Finally ALL the children have discovered a love for the book 'Owl Babies' We watch it or listen to it every day - so if you need any last minute ideas for Santa, Owl Babies is it!
Rabbits have been exploring cold colours in art this week, sometimes it's wonderful just to give the children a paint brush and the paints to see what they will do, Leo told us he had painted Rosie the dog. Noah enjoyed painting his hand to make cold prints on the paper and Kaiden is getting very confident with the paint brush.
Imogen has continued to work on her 3D shape knowledge, sphere and cylinder are not always easy words to say! Charlie loved using the snack communication board to eat a huge crumpet, this class are defiantly crumpet lovers!
In other news Bradley has enjoyed finding out about kangaroos in our non-fiction book, he really cant get enough of our reading corner. Lucy and Huey have been busy in the home corner, I'm not sure if Lucy was tidying the area or untidying it!! Huey and I went shopping, with Huey playing the shop keeper, his shop is very cheap! Charlie, Huey and Jack had fun in the water, thanks for washing up Jack!
What a wet and windy week it has been!
The children have impressed in computing with their engagement and understanding of making things happen on the fantastic interactive whiteboard. All the children knew how to pop a balloon or make a
firework whizz into the sky. I liked how independent they were and how all the children tried to take turns. Bradley has taken over as the DJ at the CD player, he knows how to change the song and make the music loud or quiet!
There was lots of fun in the ice play, the children rolled, poured, threw and even tasted the ice shapes. Leo and Imogen could tell me it was cold. Jack was very impressed with Mrs Killeen's penguin display!
Charlie really enjoys coming to the carpet for our hot and cold topic, look how patiently he is waiting for this learning to begin.
Leo is starting to enjoy little jobs and sometimes he helps take the name basket round at register time, well done! Noah gets a special mention as he is now able to find his name card and pop it in the basket on his own.
In maths we have explored shapes and the very early idea of capacity, with Kaiden enjoying filling and emptying different containers with pasta. Huey was fantastic at sorting his 2D shapes into groups of the same, Lucy found all the pentagons too in her free play, she must like the shape! Imogen is now exploring 3D shapes and found out which ones will roll!
As always well done everyone and lets hope for some blue sky next week!
This week as the weather has turned very cold, we have been singing about putting on your jacket, hat and scarf, Noah takes it very seriously and as we work through the song it is very important he is dressed correctly in my big fleece and woollies!!!
Imogen has impressed us very much with her number fingers in maths and she is able to quickly show us an amount along with saying the number too. The penguin number song remains very popular and Leo was able to tell me how many he could see in the non-fiction book. Jack, Bradley and Charlie practised joining in with 5 little penguins at focus time, Jack was very engaged and is trying so hard to use his fingers to show an amount.
The love of books continues to grow and Kaiden happily told me each number he could see in the animal counting book, whist Charlie sat down to have a quick read just before home time - Lovely!
The girls in my class both helped me to set up for topic carpet time and obviously have been watching me put out our hot and cold resources, Lucy was very patient with the material as it wouldn't do as she wanted and then eventually placed kangaroos and the koalas in the correct place. Imogen could then finish the job sorting the cold animals and symbols too, thanks girls! Noah then enjoyed being right in the cold and hot places! Bradley found the snow wolf and enjoyed copying my wolf howl, it was lovely to hear. Kaiden is a fan of the polar bears and loves to sing our 'Paw paw paw Polar bear ' song.
In other news Huey did a marvellous job of pegging out the washing and his school jumper was certainly not going to blow away in the wind, whilst Jack busied himself outside building a obstacle course. Happy days!
Since coming back from the half term holiday the children have been working on listening to stories and enjoying looking at books. The book corner has never been so busy! I love to see all the children relaxing there and looking at both story and non-fiction books. The library service has lent us some books about animals that live in hot and cold countries, Lucy really likes the kangaroo and quickly picked up the sign, do you know the sign for kangaroo? Jack has remembered how to sign dinosaur and tried to scare Mrs Pearce! Charlie was very interested in his own maths book and I do think it looks like he is checking my marking skills in his photograph!!! All the children are happy to look at books with an adult and will now even let us get to the end of a story!
In maths it's been all about ducks and frogs in our number songs. Bradley is really enjoying helping to count ducks and knows when he needs to add them to the pond. Leo has been super clever counting objects and quickly giving us the right amount of minions when asked. Kaiden is very good at making teddy bears fall out of bed, he knows exactly when each bear needs to jump! Noah likes to put the speckled frogs in the post box pretending its a pond.
Imogen and Jack enjoyed the feathers in our snowy tough spot - I was very happy that Imogen realised the feathers were snow and she enjoyed saying the word and throwing them up in the air as did Jack. Noah prefers the hot country of Australia and he is very caring with our cuddly koala-la-la!
Huey has become the class DJ, working out how to put on our CDs for the other children to listen to, I like how he knows that the volume mustn't be too loud! Imogen was very sensible with the interactive whiteboard, I can trust her to use it on her own. Finally Bradley spent a morning pretending to be a vet looking after our dog, he really liked it when we pretended to give the little dog a drink from his bowl.
Phew what a bust 2 weeks also celebrating Diwali and making cakes at the playdough table! The children never stop!
The half term has been a full and busy one, as you can see from our wonderful display, the children have tried really hard with their creative activities to make dinosaurs and our brilliant palm tree. This week all the rabbits used the bingo dabbers to add pattern and colour to a stegosaurus. The staff were really happy that ALL the children wanted to complete their art job with independence and focus. Look how pleased Jack is with himself!! Hope you enjoyed the stegosaurus fruit salads!
Leo enjoyed sitting under the display looking at our 'Dinosaur Rap' book, he was very good at telling the story.
In other news Huey, Imogen and Kaiden worked hard during their phonics time, There is no stopping Imogen with her reading of CVC words matching them to objects, Mrs Mason says she needs more post its to write lots more words for her to read. Huey was able to multi task, ringing the doctor, jumping the monkeys on the bed and counting at the same time. Kaiden was really interested in animal bingo and we continue to find out how many words he knows and how many sounds he can make like an animal.
Noah has discovered a love for the sensory room and asks to go every week with clear speech and a spring in his step!
Lucy had a little bit of a cold last week and I loved how she went to get her own tissue from my drawer and blow her nose! Just need to practise putting the tissue in the bin now Lucy!
Charlie has started to practise playing 'Pop up Minion' he wasn't sure at first about how to add the little swords to the holes but with help and determination he started to get it!.
Bradley invented his own game of run across the trampoline with me, after I said 'ready steady go' a few times Bradley then tried super hard to say 'ready!'
Next half term we leave the dinosaurs behind as our new topic is 'Hot and Cold' so we will be exploring the weather and the animals that live in hot and cold countries - I have a feeling the penguin will be very popular!
Have a lovely half term and Happy Halloween!!
Mrs Topping and the Team.
This week Rabbits have been proving how independent they can be and also how they like to have fun and enjoy school. I do like Kaiden in his fluffy rabbit ears and we can all agree Imogen looks like she is loving life being outside enjoying the Autumn sun!
On Monday the children ate their lunch in the classroom and despite this big change they all coped really well and as you can see from the photographs they are becoming very independent when eating. Charlie made us laugh as he chose to have dinner for 1 but we were so impressed he didn't need an adult with him to help him to remain seated! Well done Rabbits!
Lucy has been super brave this week despite her poorly foot and she has continued to practise hanging her own coat up every morning. Huey is a wonderful register monitor and takes the job very seriously. Huey was also a very good role model for Kaiden in art this week, showing him how to be independent with the collage materials.
Charlie is the main man for listening when it is carpet time, all we have to say to him now, even when he is outside, is 'Charlie it's carpet time' and he is always the first to walk in and get himself to his seat! Brilliant! Bradley is using our snack time communication board without help and he has quickly realised how to point at the thing he would like.
Leo is so good at coming to join us at carpet time now and he was able to tell his friends what was big or small when looking at images on the interactive whiteboard, all the children have started to use the words or the signs for big and small now. Noah is really enjoying mark making at our writing corner -he wants to use the area independently, which is great as little boys are not always keen on writing!
Finally welcome back to Jack who has been very poorly but has come back to school ready to sign and sing.
This week in maths the children have been using the words and signs big and small to compare animals. The children really like BIG! Imogen was super quick at sorting the animals into 2 groups, well done! Jack and Charlie enjoyed exploring the animals, Jack was using the symbol big and Charlie enjoyed having a taste of the big lion and tiger -brave boy!!! Leo played with the small minions and was able to use the word bigger and smaller although he did tell me the minion was bigger than the lion so the lion ate the minion!!!!
Lucy continues to be fab at using her counting finger and is very good at listening when we ask her to count slowly and show how many.
Bradley has proved to be our master builder, he really enjoyed using the Duplo, he would have carried on all day if we could have let him!
The love of books continues with Kaiden and Huey proving to be book worms this week, Kaiden looks at a book every opportunity he gets. Huey loved telling me he had found a Cbeebies book.
Noah has been such a chatter box this week and his language around the dinosaurs and the animals is fantastic!
Well done everyone!
Mrs Topping and the team.
As you can see from the photographs this week, Rabbits class have been super busy. The dinosaurs have been painting and the triceratops appears to be the favoured one this week!
It is always exciting when our children choose to read books or 'write' without being asked to. I'm sure you will agree the children look very studious when sitting and enjoying a book in the peace and quiet. One of our little boys even found parrots in two different books and realised they were the same!
Another of our little Rabbits enjoyed telling me he was writing his name using the chalk outside, I said this was brilliant and I liked that he was using the floor and not his clothes!!!
At snack time the communication board is a huge hit and all the children enjoy using it although I do think they would like crumpets on the menu everyday!!! We ae also showing the children how to indicate if they don't want something using symbols and words rather than jut pushing it away.
As ever songs are featured every day and there was a wonderful moment when one of older boys sang 5 little monkeys and performed the actions all by himself. At carpet time the minions came to join in with our 'shake' song - they were very good at the actions.
In maths we are concentrating on using construction materials to build towers, houses and trees for dinosaurs to eat.
In Science our big girl did a super job of matching body parts to their labels. WELL DONE!
On Monday as part of our RE curriculum, we celebrated the Chinese Rabbit in the Moon festival which felt very appropriate given it's name! The children really enjoyed listening to the Chinese version of our classics such as twinkle twinkle, and on the Interactive whiteboard I was able to show Chinese characters and writing.
The golden moon balloons were very popular especially when the children realized once they popped, lots of golden circles fell to the floor and could be played in.
It didn't take long for the class to work out how to open the beautiful flower fans and some of the children even realized what they were for. Our two little girls looked beautiful wrapped in a traditional Chinese patterned scarf, it made a very good cape too!
Mrs Killeen put her cuisine skills to the test making Chinese wraps with the children. I have to say how impressed I am with some of the children's chopping and their safety around the cooking tools.
We hope you enjoyed eating the wraps at home.
This week the class have continued to enjoy everything Dinosaur, our Dinosaur Rap book is proving very popular and I am really pleased that the children are choosing to look at it aswell as listen to and watch the song on our interactive whiteboard. Sharing and reading books is a huge love of mine and I am very happy the children like it too!
Carpet number time has been wonderful this week, with all the children trying really hard to count dinosaurs and recognize number labels. There has been lots of clapping and cheering, all of the Rabbits enjoy praise and we love to give it.
In Science the animals were given the chance to play in soil and grass, I think the children enjoyed it too!
Friendships continue to develop and grow, three of the children practiced playing 'pop up minion' which is great for turn taking and patience. There was some practice at sharing dinosaurs and playing with them rather than carry them all around in a big bucket.
Outside the trampoline remains a huge favourite and it was lovely to see two of our older Rabbits take each other to it for a bounce!
Mrs Topping and the team
PS Don't forget the photographer is coming on Monday 24/9/18
What a wonderful start to the school year! We are very happy to welcome our two new little Rabbits and I must say they have had a brilliant first week, joining the class for carpet time, well done! I hope you can see from the photographs how busy and engaged all the children have been both in their learning through play and their focused work. There has been counting, reading, writing, sharing and DINOSAURS!
I am very happy with the children's communication, there is some super talking and signing and as always there is a lot of fun!
Welcome back everyone! I will continue to update our class page every Thursday so you can see what the Rabbits have been learning each week. Please do not hesitate to get in touch with me or the team with any questions or worries! We look forward to a another brilliant year!