Rabbits Class Blog
Friday 4th November
Hello and Happy Friday!
Rabbits have had a busy and exciting first week back after half-term. We have been busy marvelling at the beauty of autumn, working together to make huge autumn leaves piles, meeting feathery friends, developing our problem-solving in maths, creating firework pictures for Bonfire Night and writing about our new character in our story, Plop the baby Barn Owl.
On Monday four feathery friends came to visit us. We were so excited to meet a Tawny, Barn, Little and Eagle Owl up close and got the opportunity to hold an owl (Miss Jones was very thankful we held the Little Owl and not the Eagle Owl!). We loved stroking their feathers and marvelling at how soft they are, watching the owls swivel their heads around to look at us and impressing us with their magnificent wingspan. The owls did do lots of ‘plops’ as Nanette, our owl expert, called them which we found very funny and now even funnier as our new character in our book is a baby Barn Owl called Plop!
After our exciting visit we have been busy writing about owls, owls and you guessed it … owls! We were inspired to learn facts about our favourite owl, learn about adjectives and think about which ones to use when describing the features of an owl and finally, writing a description of Plop. I have been blown away by beautiful Kinetic Letters, correct use of punctuation and the use of our new friend, the conjunction ‘and’ to join our ideas together. Well done Rabbits!
In phonics this week, we have revisited ‘ay’, ‘ou’, ‘ie’ and ‘ea’. We have worked on using our best guess when writing words with these sounds in (clowd, cloud – which one looks right?) and playing our favourite game, digraph spotter when reading. We also used IPads to log onto Oxford Owl independently in our guided reading session this week and enjoyed looking at all the books and choosing one to read. Please keep up all the amazing reading at home!
This week in maths, we have started to look at addition focusing on part-whole models. We have been learning about what a ‘whole’ and ‘part’ is, exploring different ways to split numbers into two parts, adding two parts together to find the whole and showing our working in addition number sentences. This is really easy to continue at home. For example, “I have four sweets and you have six sweets, how many is that together?”. How could we write that as a number sentence? What would happen if we swapped amounts, would the parts and whole change? We will be moving onto fact families and number bonds within 10 next week.
Don’t forget to book a parents evening appointment! Parents evening will be the week beginning 21st November (more info to follow from the school office). I’m really looking forward to talking to you about what a fantastic start your child has made in Year 1.
Congratulations to our star of the week, Amber! You have wowed us with your writing and kindness.
Have a lovely weekend and enjoy Bonfire Night!
Monday 31st October
Hello and welcome back to school!
I hope you have all had a restful and relaxing half-term break and enjoyed carving a pumpkin or two!
We are very excited to welcome Rabbits back to school this half term, starting the week with a hooting surprise … owls! Our book for this half-term is The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark by Jill Tomlinson and what better way to kickstart it by getting up close and personal with real life owls. We hope this experience enhances our text and gets Rabbits excited to write about our new feathery friends as we read about Plop, the owl. I wonder what he is afraid of?
Thank you to all who have sent their photo of Rabbits celebrating love! We really appreciate you spending the time choosing a photo and have loved seeing all the different ways your family celebrates this wonderful value. Photos have gone up on our Love display in our classroom for the children to see.
Our Christian value this half-term is Joy and Celebration, as we begin to get into the Christmassy feeling (too soon?) and start nativity rehearsals. We will teach Rabbits the importance of the Christmas story and it’ll be lights, camera, action as they let their light shine preparing for our nativity this year.
Please find an updated curriculum on our class page if you would like to know what Rabbits will be learning this half-term. We’ve got a busy seven weeks ahead of us and we can’t wait to get started!