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Friday 7th December


Christmas has begun in Rabbits class! We have recently decorated our role play and are continuing to do so throughout the next 2 weeks to get into the Christmas spirit. We have enjoyed making gingerbread men in class and decorating them but the best part was eating them! We used so many skills when we made the gingerbread men, measuring, following instructions, listening and finally our creative skills when decorating them. We then wrote up our instructions so we can remember how to make them if we decide to do it again. In Maths we have been focusing on time, ordering events and seeing how many times we can complete an activity in a minute. We have enjoyed giving ourselves challenges and seeing how quick we can do them in class. I wonder if you can time your family at home to see how long it takes them to do some challenges.


Quick note:

  • Friday 21st- we need parent helpers to walk to and from the church please!

Friday 30th November


We have been busy innovating our Australian stories this week. We have been learning with money this week (keep hold of your change parents), focusing on recognition of coins and notes and their value. It has been great fun playing shop keepers and challenging ourselves on purple mash too. In Computing, we have been programming the bee bots which is quite tricky.

Sienna B "The bee bot app, it's a bit tricky but good too!"

Harry and Finnley "It made a square!"

Emilia "I copied the pattern."

Take a look at the pictures and videos to see what we got up to.


Quick note:

  • We will be cooking on Wednesday 5th December (gingerbread men) thank you for the parents who offered to help and we look forward to seeing you then.
  • As Christmas is fast approaching we will be asking for helpers with cooking and crafts as well as walking to and from church on the last day of term.


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Friday 23rd November


We had a surprise parcel left in class this week, we had to play pass the parcel to find out what was the prize... it was our new class story! 'Kira the Koala'. We have been practising the new story using 'Talk for Writing' where we draw the story map and add actions to help with recall. We have also been noting down key words and phrases to help with story telling in our writing journals. Miss Rule has introduced a new incentive to encourage us to use our best writing, if we do we may get to use one of Miss Rule's fancy gel pens in our writing journals! In Maths we have been focusing on length and height, comparing different objects and measuring them using cubes and other objects. We have also completed our pointillism artwork and are amazed by how affective it is! We have also been learning a poem during guided reading and performed them for the rest of the class. Finally we have begun recording the weather for Verwood (UK) and Canberra (Australia) with a little help from Siri (iPads).

Susie Snails

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Kira the Koalas

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The Magic Porridge Pots

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The Tiny Seeds

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Friday 16th November


Crikey, the Rabbits have got stuck into their new topic 'Home and Away'. We have explored some of the Australian animals through video (Crikey! It's the Irwins) and also in Art with some aboriginal dot pictures 'Pointillism'. We have been looking at instructions in Literacy and Maths, using the language of time (first, then, next, after, finally) to sequence pictures, months of the year and days of the week. We even had enough time to follow some instructions and make a jam or butter sandwich, mmmm! We will continue our topic next week with a new class story as well as looking at maps in Geography.

Here are a few examples of our weather reports. We may need to do a bit more Geography to understand the maps and name the countries. However, the children are really enjoying the role play this half term and are using lots of interesting vocabulary. Who knows may be one day we may see these children on out TVs...

Harry's weather report

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Theo's weather report

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Joyce's weather report

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Mason's weather report

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Joesph's weather report

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Charlie's weather report

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Bling your bike or scooter parade!

Friday 9th November


A brilliant week in Rabbits class this week. We have been innovating 'Baby Bear and the Bee' and have written some fantastic stories. In Maths, we have been adding 1 more and 1 less to given numbers and have used concrete objects as well as pictures to support our learning. We have continued to explore the seasons in Science and Computing and have begun using the new purple mash software to help with this. In RE we have looked at Trinity's version of 'The Lord's Prayer' and discussed the meaning of the words. Take a look at the photos below to see what we have been doing.


Quick Note

  • Purple mash- every child has been given their own personal information to log in. A letter will go out with the newsletter for more information.
  • Please take the time to look over the new documents on our class information page.
  • I will be putting out an ingredient lists next week for cooking that we will do before and after Christmas. Please could you take one label to bring in ASAP so that we are stocked up. All donations are appreciated, thank you.

Friday 2nd November


Strange things have been happening this week in Rabbits class. We had some visitors who introduced out new story 'Baby Bear and the Bee'. We have been learning to recite the story with actions and created a story map to help us. Some of us even enjoyed dressing up as bears or bees (even the adults had a go). Please assist your child with remembering the story, I have put the story map and story on our class information page to help. In Maths, we have been busy working out subtraction number sentences with numicon and using these facts to solve some word problems. We even went 'Around the World', solving problems for each planet using our number facts (addition and subtraction). We have enjoyed making firework artwork in preparation for Bonfire night. If you are seeing a firework display enjoy and please be safe.


Quick note:

  • PE- change of day Monday and Friday- please ensure all kit is in your child's bag and it is clearly named. This includes a spare pare of socks, especially girls if they have tights.
  • Phonics workshop- thank you to the those who were able to attend. If you were unable to attend please take a look at the presentation on our class information page, follow links to Ruth Miskin's website for further reading and videos.
  • Reading texts- Looking for donations of texts for our class/school to use, these can be fiction, non-fiction, comics, magazines, fact files etc. Please remember we are church school, so we will be asking for no witches/wizards.
  • As from next week I will be introducing 'Rabbits recommend...' see letter on the class information page.


Friday 19th October


Rabbits have had a brilliant first term back at school. This week we have been writing up our poems, focusing on presentation and handwriting. We were also lucky enough to have the Owls visit us to perform their play scripts. In Maths we have been exploring more about place value and number, looking at the language used to compare number and amounts. E.g. less than, more than, greater than, fewer than and equals. In Art we drew some brilliant skeletons to finish off our Marvellous Me topic. And we have been thinking about prayers in R.E and writing our own, trying to link them to the parable 'The Prodigal Son'. We have also been working on our turn taking skills and working as a team in PSHE. We have begun to look at the History of Verwood and have made some fact file pages, this will be continued in next term's topic too. I wonder if your child can remember any of the interesting facts about Verwood?



Quick Note:

  • Please continue to read with your child during the holidays and keep practising their keywords. When you think your child knows all of their keywords please send in a note so an adult can review them.
  • Some parents have been asking for ideas of apps used in school, I will post a page on our class information page about the apps we will use this year in Rabbits to further their learning.
  • Finally, enjoy your half term holiday! The children have really worked hard and behaved wonderfully so relax, enjoy and recharge ready for next half term!

Friday 12th October


Another super week in Rabbits class. Lots of creative ideas flowing in Literacy for poetry. In Maths, we have been looking at 3D shapes and designed our plans for our junk modelling bodies. We had so much fun making our junk modelling bodies and cannot wait to bring them home next week. In Science we got to do a taste experiment to see if we could spot which porridge was sweet, salty, fruity or plain. Have a look at the pictures below, do you think we liked all of them?

Friday 5th October


We have had another super week in Rabbits class. This week we have been innovating the story 'The Magic Porridge Pot', we have had some creative ideas shared including: jelly pots, pasta pots, lego pots and dragon pots. We have been exploring 2D shapes, recalling their names and comparing and investigating them based on their features. We have finished our fabulous self-portraits in Art and carried out a smell investigation in Science. We have voted for our new class councillors, well done to Mason and Emilia for getting chosen and thank you to Finnley and Abigail for being tough competition. All candidates gave brilliant reasons as to why the class should choose them to be on the school council. We finished off our week with a disco (marble treat) where the children got to show everyone their amazing dance skills. We were able to take a break to have some extra snack or fruit salad before we enjoyed our Friday golden time.


Quick note

  • Please encourage children to discuss their reading books they are bringing home in addition to working on their fluency. I will repost the leaflet that was handed out in last year's reading workshop for further guidance.
  • Junk Modelling will take place on Thursday 11th, please keep collecting and brining in recycling for us to turn into amazing bodies. Parents/carers/grandparents are welcome to join from 2pm onwards, we look forward to seeing you then.

Friday 28th September


We have enjoyed learning a new story in Literacy this week 'The Magic Porridge Pot'. See the class letters and  information page for a copy of the story and the videos below for most parts of the story. I wonder if your child can remember the part that is missing? In Maths, we have been looking at teen numbers (11-19) and understanding more about place value, we have also started looking at subtraction. We have enjoyed learning more about our senses in Science. We have also been thinking more about our bodies in Art for self portraits and enjoyed playing percussion instruments in Music to accompany each part of our body in the song 'Heads, shoulders, knees and toes.'


Quick note:

  • Wow books- still missing a lot of wow books, please bring them in ASAP
  • Donations- We are need for donations for our role play this term which is a hospital. If you have any dressing up outfits, doctor toys or bandages that the children could use please let us know.
  • Food tasting next week in Science- please inform a member of staff if there are any allergies that we need to be made aware of.

The Magic Porridge Pot- 1

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The Magic Porridge Pot- 2

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The Magic Porridge Pot- 4

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The Magic Porridge Pot- 5

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Friday 21st September


Wow! What a busy week we have had in Rabbits! In Literacy, we have been writing facts about ourselves from when we were a baby to now. In Maths, we have been ordering objects by length or height and creating adding stories using objects and pictures. In PE, we have been practising our bunny hops and using our numicon shapes to help get in to groups. We had our first Music lesson which involved finding and recording different sounds around the school grounds. We really enjoyed exploring the outside music station! So much learning has been going on, I wonder what was your child's favourite lesson this week and why?


Quick note

  • We are still short of Wow writing books, I will try and get a message out to those that are missing. Please can you bring them back to school ASAP.  
  • Please start collecting junk and recycling for our junk bodies session on Thursday 11th October.

Friday 14th September


Another fantastic week in Rabbits. We have come to the end of our mini topic about rabbits. We enjoyed sharing our fact booklets and arts and crafts in worship today too. Now that we have settled in we have started some exciting lessons like science and history and will be venturing into our new topic of Marvellous Me! To finish off our week we had an amazing surprise, it was an Alice in Wonderland production!


Quick note:

  • Key word tins will be gong out next week, please bare with us as we go through the whole class re-assessing their key words. (sound tins will not be used in year 1, if a child is struggling with a particular sound(s) then they will be put in their learning pouch to go over at home).
  • WOW writing books, these are the blue books that were given back to each child (bar 5) at the end of last year. Please could you return back to school as it was a mistake, we would like to continue to use them and it is good to flick back to see how far each child has come from reception through the rest of the school.

Friday 7th September


Welcome back! We have had a lovely week settling into our new class and routines. We have started our mini topic of Rabbits, learning fun facts and doing lots of arts and crafts. Ask your child what they liked doing the most. Take a look at the photos to see what we have been up to.


Quick note:

  • PE will be on Mondays and Tuesdays this half term (Autumn 1), please see our class timetable on the rabbits document page.
  • Please make sure all uniform is labelled, we have already had children getting confused as to who's jumper is who's
  • We will be focusing a lot on handwriting this half term, there may be extra learning sent home in books bags so please keep an eye out
  • Class meeting is on Thursday afternoon, I look forward to meeting you then.