Rabbits Class Blog

Rabbits Class Blog

Below are some key pieces of information for parents:

1) PE Days for Rabbits class are Wednesday's and Friday's - please ensure that your child is sent in with their PE kit every week so that they are able to join in with our PE sessions.

2) Reading logs are checked on a weekly basis so please ensure that when you are reading with your child at home you record how they are getting on in the log - the children will be coming home with their banded books next week. At the moment the banded books given out correlate to the child's phonics level and book they were reading at the end of the last academic year.

3) It is important that children come into school with a water bottle each day. These are then made accessible to them as and when they need a drink. It is extremely important that we keep hydrated! Can all water bottles that come into school be labelled with your child's name on.

4) Tuck shop: tuck shop is open Tuesday-Friday every week. If your child would like to purchase something from the trolley then please ensure they have the correct change.

Update for week beginning 14/11/22

Below is an image of the Autumn 2 Homework grid for Rabbits Class. A copy of this will be sent home in your child's bookbag next week. Any queries or questions then please don't hesitate to come and ask. I hope you enjoy the tasks set!

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This week we have, once again, been extremely lucky to have another visitor in the classroom. On Thursday Mr Partridge-Underwood (who lives in Bozeat) came to talk to us about the shoe industry in Bozeat. We found out that Mr Partridge-Underwood worked in the Bozeat Shoe Factory for a number of years. His job was to look at the shoes that had been made by the working staff to see if there were any faults or problems with the creation of the shoe and if so he would have to send them back to be changed. We thank Mr Partridge-Underwood for his time and support during our topic of Local Area Study: Shoes. The children were captivated and amazed at some of the objects he brought in to show us.

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During our Science lesson this week we conducted an experiment to test which was the bounciest ball. The children used a yellow post it note to mark the starting height from where they would drop each ball. They then used the pink post it notes to mark where each ball bounced to when it was dropped. After this the children used cubes and wooden blocks to measure the height of each ball. They really enjoyed this challenge and set out to achieve great things during the experiment. Fantastic team work too.bounciest ball

During our writing lessons this week the children have been boxing up the model text ready for our next step which is to innovate and think of some ideas to use for writing a b rand new class report. We have also continued to read through our model text 'The Unigoat' to familiarise ourselves with the language used and key features that occur throughout a report. The children have done a fantastic job at remembering this. 

During our maths lessons this week we have been looking at subtraction. The children have been encouraged to think about the different ways we can take away numbers and how this looks when writing fact families.

Update for week beginning 7/11/22

We have had a really exciting end to the week this week. The children discovered and explored all things SHOES when our visitor from Northampton Museum popped in on Thursday morning. 'The children engaged really well with the visit and enjoyed looking at all types of shoes ranging from old Victorian shoes to shoes we wear today. 

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During our writing lessons this week we have learnt how to use the conjunction 'and' to join words and phrases together to make sentences more interesting, we have added actions to our model text 'The Unigoat' and have stepped out the text by getting involved in a little bit of drama and reading, towards the end of the week we have looked at key vocabulary used within a report as well as the features that make up a report and how these features build the structure of a report.

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During our mathematics lessons this week we have looked at adding more to a number to find the total (locating the missing part) and thinking even further about how we use the addition and equals symbols when writing number sentences, we have solved tricky addition word problems and have done extremely well in our very first Arithmetic assessment. Miss Cox is super impressed with how well the children's number knowledge is coming along!

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During our computing lesson this week the children got to grips with using a keyboard when writing their name and putting it into a sentence. Once the children had mastered this, they then moved on to choose a sentence of their own to type into the laptop. I was wowed with how well the children understood and took on this task - they really were computer whizzes! Please do continue practicing at home to get the children used to using a keyboard and trackpad. 

Update for week beginning 31/10/11

What a spooky return to school it has been this week!

The children have had a fantastic week by delving into the first parts of our KS1 Nativity - receiving their lines and learning some of the songs to our very first cooking lesson for DT where we made bread!

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Please ensure your child's nativity lines remain in their bookbags at all times so that they are able to practice them between school and home. It is important that the children have time to practice these lines at home as we encourage them not to be used on the day of the show as well as dress rehearsal. 

During writing this week the children have been text mapping our model text by rewriting it and using pictures to represent to writing, ensuring we can use capital letters, full stops and finger spaces correctly in our writing and orally composing sentences and then writing them down. 

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During maths this week we have been looking at number bonds to 10 both within and systemically, adding numbers together by using the mathematical symbols of addition and equals and understanding what number sentences are and how we can write these in different ways. The children have also completed some arithmetic learning Friday with Mrs Parker.

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During Science this week the children have explored their new topic of Materials. We started our learning of this through a pre assessment where the children had to look at pictures of objects and think about which materials (out of a selection) would be best to use to make the object. They had real fun with this and enjoyed the concept of choosing the practical materials.

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Update for week beginning 17/10/22

The children have had an exciting and fun last week of term this week and have enjoyed lots of in school activities and visitors. 

On Thursday this week the children had a special assembly about Halloween and fireworks/bonfire night. We had a policewoman visit to tell us how to stay safe and the do's and don't when participating in these events. It is very important to have conversations like these with the children so please do echo this at home and encourage children's safety and well-being. Thank you.

During our Writing lessons this week we completed our hot writes for character description. The children all did amazingly, and I was wowed by the presentation and standard of writing across the class - so a huge well done to them! The children also experienced a special visitor who popped in to say hello as a hook for our next unit of writing a non-chronological report. We hot seated a 'unigoat', asking lots of questions and gaining lots of information. 

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During Maths this week the children have been looking at part-whole models and fact families within 10. Towards the end of the week, they have started to record number bonds within 10 thinking further about the ways of making different numbers.

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During History this week we have compared Bozeat and Wollaston shoe factories and discussed who we think came out on top. The children have enjoyed their learning of the shoes in our local area. Next term will be a focus on visitors who will show us practical resources and share their own information about the shoe industry. We will also complete a cross curricular write and use our knowledge of reports to write one about shoes. 

Update for week beginning 10/10/22

I wanted to say a huge thank you to all parents who attended last Friday's book and biscuit session. We were very lucky in the sense that we were able to share our session with the Tigers class and have the hall as a base for this. The children very much enjoyed a relaxing end to their week and we hope you did too!

On Wednesday afternoon this week the children spent some time with an in-school visitor who taught them some mindfulness tips and techniques. The children sat in a meditation pose and listened to a story with their eyes closed. After listening to the story they had to share their thoughts about what had happened and retell to the rest of the cohort. The children thoroughly enjoyed some relaxation time and focus intently throughout the session. It was very fun and interesting for all!

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Maths - This week the children have been looking closely at part-part whole models. They have explored using these practically, pictorially and in abstract ways - with objects and numbers. It was great to see the children's confidence grow throughout this area of maths in the space of a couple of days!

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Writing - This week the children have been focusing on finishing off our class shared write, warm writing a character description and editing and improving their work. We are now prepared to carry out our final Hot Write piece next week. I am really looking forward to reading these when the children are finished and being able to choose some work to display on our shared 'work we are proud of' wall with Tigers class!

Update for week beginning 3/10/22

First of all I would like to say a huge thank you to those who came to the church to celebrate Harvest festival with us. The children thoroughly enjoyed the experience, singing our song Cauliflowers Fluffy and listening to the performances from the rest of the school!

During maths this week the children have been looking at comparing and ordering objects and numbers. As part of this learning, we had an activity to complete whereby we wrote our names on post it notes and ordered them from smallest to biggest depending on how many letters each of us had in our name. We also explored the language: fewer, more and equal to and looked at the symbols for these when comparing.

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During Writing this week the children have completed a story mountain for their own innovation ideas, which is a tool to support them with their hot write. They came up with some ideas to create an all the time toolkit which included full stops, cap letters, finger spaces, fred talk and fred fingers, red words etc. The children understood that this would be a tool to use all of the time in their writing when meeting Y1 expectations. We also started our shared write using our new class innovation story mountain with characters: the 3 brown bears and the big bad fox.

During PSHE this week we have been looking at feelings and emotions. The children have acted out some emotions on their face and their partners had to guess what emotion they were showing. This was really fun!!

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During Geography this week the children have been introduced to compasses and compass directions. We have practised using the terminology: north, south. east and west to guide our partner to different areas of: the school hall, the classroom and the courtyard. The children loved using the school compasses for this activity!

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Update for week beginning 26/9/22

This week the Rabbits had a very exciting time down at the church celebrating all things Harvest! They heard little snippets of information about harvest in different areas of the church and got involved in lots of fun filled activities! We want to say a huge thank you to the volunteers down at the church for welcoming us and for making it all happen.

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 During maths this week the children have been hard at work practising their letter formation in our adult-led activity involving glitter, written numbers and words for numbers and the tuff tray. The children really enjoyed forming their words and numbers correctly - although most of the glitter ended up on the floor!

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Towards the end of week for writing the children have been looking at putting the days of the week into the correct order and then recording the words down on a piece of paper. For the first part of the week the children completed their network hands and we had a good chat about who the children could go to if they felt like they needed to talk to someone.

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In Art this week the children created their own 'land art' piece of work inspired by the artist Andy Goldsworthy. The children worked together, using natural materials to create a patterned piece of Art. They all thoroughly enjoyed this experience and were really well lead by each other! The children also had the opportunity to create their own pieces of land art over the week too in the art area within the classroom.

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Gentle reminder: Please ensure children come in with PE kits EVERY week our class PE days are WEDNESDAYS and FRIDAYS!

Update for week beginning 19/9/22

Rabbits class have enjoyed another fantastic week of learning this week! 

Maths

In our learning of maths we have focused this week on recognising words as numbers, counting forwards and backwards within 10 and finding 1 more than a number. In the classroom environment the children enjoyed playing a 1 more game involving characters and dice. They had to get from Start to Finish (Home) by answering questions based on 1 more than a number within 10. This was a big hit this week!

Writing

In our learning of writing this week the children have focused on the vocabulary and structure of a character description using our model text about the troll in the three billy goats gruff as an example and they have answered comprehension questions based on the model and an alternative character description from the book 'the three little wolves and the big bad pig' the big bad pig being our alternative character to the troll.

Class Rules

Below is an image of our classroom rules. The children understand how important these are and why we should always be encouraged to meet these on a daily basis. Please remind your children of these rules at home and reinforce the importance of these for use at school. Your children should be able to explain these in more depth :)

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PSHE 

This week in PSHE we learned about feelings. The children came up with a bank of feelings and emotions that we may show day to day. We discussed how feelings may differ under circumstances that change and how we act. The children did really well in reenacting some of these emotions to their peers and came up with some great ideas for why their friend may be feeling a certain way. Next weeks independent activity for writing will encourage children to think about 5 people, in home or at school, they know they can go to if they are worried or need to talk about things. We call this our network hand. Below is an image of what the children will be completing to meet this objective next week. This also fits in to our PSHE lesson learnt this week.

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Update for week beginning 12/9/22

Thank you to all parents/carers who attending our 'Meet the teacher' evening on Tuesday. It was wonderful to be able to meet you and provide an informative session regarding the runnings of Rabbits class. For those of you who I missed or couldn't attend a link to download the evenings powerpoint is below - please do have a look and if you have any further questions then do not hesitate to get in contact with me. There are also Transition from Reception to Y1 documents in front of the main office in school if you would like any further information or pointers!

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This week Rabbits class have been reenacting our version of 'The Three Billy Goats Gruff' by becoming the troll in our story. The children used the character description (middle) part of our story to take on the role as the troll and spoke to Miss Cox all about what they looked like and what they enjoyed hunting and eating! Our favourite phrase is: WHO'S THAT TRIP TRAPPING OVER MY BRIDGE?

The children also became very busy throughout the week in the construction areas where Miss Cox set them a challenge to create the best troll bridge they could. We had some fantastic contenders. 

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As part of our writing unit Miss Cox also set up a 'retell the story with pictures' adult led activity in the writing area and we even carried out some work showing our amazing sentence building skills:

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In maths this week we have continued our learning of place value and number by representing objects with counters and numbers and counting forwards and back from any number between 1-10. For their adult-led activity in the classroom the children had to roll dice and the number it landed on they then had to count forwards and back from. The children also enjoyed creating their own number track to 10.

In computing this week the children reviewed the word 'technology' - which means something someone has made. They also discovered the different parts of a desktop computer and laptop, looked at the similarities and differences and labelled a school laptop themselves! Amazing job! 

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Well done for another fantastic week Rabbits - I can't wait to see what the new week brings next week :-)

Update for week beginning 5/9/22

Welcome all to a new academic year and beginning of Rabbits 22/23 class blog!

We have had a wonderful first week back at school - the children have settled in extremely well and are getting used to their new routine and curriculum expectations. As i'm sure you are all aware, from how tired the children are, there is a big step up to Year 1 - I look forward to sharing more about this with you when we meet on Tuesday 13th afterschool for our meet the teacher evening!

This week the children have been exploring their new classroom envrionment - getting used to their surroundings and the activities put out for them to enhance and inspire new learning. 

The children have delved deep into their new Unit for writing: 'The Troll and the Three Billy Goats Gruff'. We are learning how to write a character description - with a focus on how to write a sentence correctly using capital letters, full stops, finger spaces, fred talk and fred fingers and making sure that the sentence makes sense. In order to write a character description to the best of your ability the children have started learning about adjectives in their reading lesson to encourage use of these in writing. These will also be taught across our writing lessons next week to secure knowledge and see what the children have remembered.

In maths the children have began their learning of place value within 10. We have sorted objects, counted objects and had our first arithmetic (addition within 5) lesson on Friday with Mrs Parker. The children have also enjoyed their continued learning of Maths Mastery lessons - carrying on from the knowledge built within Reception. This week has been focused on looking at a Rekenrek and discussing how we use them to discover numbers to 5. The children have also shared knowledge with me of how the number 5 can be split into 2 smaller numbers. I was very impressed with their understanding of this. 

If you would like to have a go at using a rekenrek at home to support our learning in school then please follow the link for a virtual example: https://toytheater.com/rekenrek/

The children have also been learning a fun song about the days of the week. We have sung this most mornings and have updated our class calendar with our knowledge of this. They have also been trying extremely hard to follow our classroom rules which have been set up and agreed on by the children. It is important that the children are aware of these and strive to follow them each and everyday. Therefore, please do look out for a copy of these on the class blog soon so that you can share them together at home.

I look forward to another week of fun, excitement and fantastic learning next week! Well done Rabbits :-)

Important note: There will be uploaded pictures on the class blog of what the children have been getting up to each week so please do keep your eyes peeled!

 

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