Welcome to the Rainbow Room
This wonderful book follows rabbits through a year as they cope with their fast expanding family and handling a different seasonal challenge each month. This book is filled with extraordinary pictures and is highly detailed.
Our first week back in Literacy we focused on learning the months of the year. The children had lots of practical activities in arranging the months in the correct order to singing songs and learning key events in each month of the year.
In maths we have focused this week on recording tally. We wanted to cover this as it is reflected upon within this terms story. This week the children learnt to draw tally marks and showed this by making tallies out of lolly stick and writing them on a chart in their books. We collected several bits of data this week such as making a tally chart of the coloured cars that went past the school and a tally chart for the colour smarties found in a tube. The children were encouraged to share their data and to analysis it to see if each child had the same score or different.
In key skills this week the children took part in lots of hands on phonics activities such as reading words from the phonics balls, finding key words hidden around the classroom and adding the correct letters into the words to make them correct.
Within Literacy this week we have been focusing on some of the main events the rabbits face in selected months of the year. In January the rabbit was feeling very lonely as he was the only rabbit in the whole field. The children decided that the rabbit needed to have a party to make new friends. So the children planned a party for the Rabbit, thinking of all the things a Rabbit would eat, play, and wear at a Rabbit party. Following this we then looked at facts about the rabbits and made an information booklet.
Maths this week we have been focusing on number. The children have looked at place value of a number and practiced matching the correct amount of objects with the correct number. As well as placing the numbered lolly stick in order into play dough.
Within Key skills this week we have been focusing on all our areas of number and letter formation, phonics, clever hands and fizzy. The children have made numbers out of play dough and wrote their challenging letters on the floor in the playground. They have used their fine motor skills and posted coins into boxes. The focus within fizzy this week has been throwing and catching a ball. A lot of children have built a lot more confidence this week and have been able to catch the ball.
This term we are focusing on:
The children this week set a friendship target to focus on for this term. Then we looked at a sorting activity on what a good friend and a bad friend does. The children responded very well to the pictures and were able to recognise what makes a good friend.
This week the children have been focusing on the month September. Within the story September is a month for collecting up all the carrots grown and making various foods. In association with this the children have been looking at forming lists using bullet points and learnt how to write instructions. We also focused on the child’s ability to read back their own work. Making sure they re-read each sentences to help them recognise any errors.
The children made a carrot cake following their own instructions they had wrote and making a list of ingredients they will use to make the cake. Then then completed a summary on how the process went.
This week in maths the children have been learning about subtraction. Each child has worked very hard this week at understanding the terminology used when subtracting and using their number knowledge. The children partook in a variety of activities associated with subtraction, with a focus on forming a subtraction sum.
In key skills this week we have completed a range of activities, such as: placing the correct amount of beanbags into the baskets; stacking as many Lego blocks in a minute; playing the phonics ball catch game and practicing their throwing skills.
This week in literacy we have been focusing on writing a newspaper report about a naughty rabbit that ate all the carrots in the field. The children focused on the formation of sentences and were able to write a report with description about the rabbit. The children started the week by looking at different types of text and focusing on what the writing is about in a newspaper in comparison to a story book.
This week we have been focusing on ordinal numbers (1st, 2nd, 3rd etc.) The children have taken part in a range of activities to help them identify ordinal numbers. The children have ordered toys correctly from teacher’s instruction, completed a colouring activity highlight the place of selected vehicle. Found the correct ordinal number on a number mat and wrote ordinal numbers clearly in their books.
Our focus of this week have been on the children’s eye and foot coordination, were they have been practicing their kicking skills, being able to kick the ball between them and a partner. We have also focused on the recognition of upper and lower case letters and completed several matching activities.
The theme this week in literacy has been focusing on planning a Rabbits holiday. The children got to choose a place the rabbit will visit. From there ideas they then created a story map, sequencing pictures. The children then worked really hard at writing a story on the rabbit’s trip to the child’s chosen location. All the children worked really hard at forming all their letters correctly and making sure their letters sit on the line.
This week the children have been learning their number bonds to 10. They have taken part in several practical activities. The children iced biscuits forming number bonds out of sweets. They have also made paper chains, used cubes and the children made hand templates to use as support to help them work out number bonds to 10.
This week we have been making numbers out of pipe cleaners and focusing on the children’s phonics knowledge. They have taken part in a range of activities to improve their key skills.
This term we are focusing on the story book, The Bog Baby.
The Bog Baby is a truly magical story by Jeanne Willis and Gwen Millward.
When two small sisters go fishing to the magic pond, they find something much better than a frog or a newt. They find a Bog Baby. Small and blue with wings like a dragon, the girls decide to make him their secret. I won't tell if you won't...
But the bog baby is a wild thing, and when he becomes poorly, the girls decide they must tell their mum. And she tells them the greatest lesson: if you really love something, you have to let it go.
Our classroom has been decorated like a bluebell forest and joined by our very own Bog Baby.
This week we have introduced the story of the Bog Baby, focusing on the characters and setting of the story. The children collected leaves, twigs and other greenery to produce a habitat suitable for a bog baby. Later on in the week the children took part in a Bog Baby hunt, looking for cake crumbs left by the Bog Baby and following his footsteps to our schools pond area.
In maths we have been learning the days of the week. We have supported our learning this week with the story the hungry caterpillar. The children have really enjoyed the story and learnt what the caterpillar ate on each day of the week. The children have learnt the names of each day and the order of the week.
This term our emotion we are focusing on is:
This term we are looking into depth at the emotion happiness.
What makes you happy? How do you make others happy? How can we tell if someone is happy?
This week we looked at a range of faces that showed happiness and discussed how a person’s faces changes to show they are happy. The children thought of ideas as to why these people are happy and explained a time when they have felt happiness.
In our key skills group this term we continue to focus on number and letter formation, fine and gross motor skills and phonics. One of our children has made us very proud and is now moving forward onto phase 3 sounds in phonics, as well as all our children now completing their numbers to 20.
In clever hands this week we have been working on our hand eye co-ordination. The children have been enjoying the sunshine this week, using water play in the playground squirting water at the targets.
This week in literacy we have introduced adjectives. We looked at what an adjective is and how they are used within our Bog Baby story. The children took part in lots of activities relating to adjectives such as, lovely poster with descriptive words about the Bog baby, searching for adjectives within the text and categorising adjectives.
Then the Bog Baby went missing!
The children created a missing poster that can be placed around the school to help us to find our Bog Baby. The children used their character description from Monday to form sentences, so that everyone knows who to look for.
In maths this week we have focused on patterns and being able to repeat and extend patterns. The children have used different resources to help them understand a 2 and 3 colour repeating pattern.
This week the children visited the pond area and wrote their numbers on the chalk boards. They also spent time counting different objects around the pond. Also they have been practicing their throwing skills, selecting a certain amount of bean bags and throwing them into the hoop on a raised surface. The children all completed this task and were able to get all bean bags into the hoop.
This week we discussed further the emotion happiness we explored our own facial features and how they are different when we are feeling happy to when we are feeling another emotion.
In Literacy we have been retelling the story of The Bog Baby. The children have made puppets of the characters and used them to perform a puppet show to the rest of the class. Towards the end of the week the children then wrote the key points of the story, focusing on sentences formation and adding capitals and full stops correctly.
This week in Maths all the children have been learning about 3D shapes. They have been experimenting by building towers and recognising which of the shapes have curved and flat faces. We have been learning a 3D shape song and the children have enjoyed identifying the 3D shapes found around the classroom.
The children this week have been working very hard on their scissor technique mastering how to hold the scissors correctly and how to follow a line on the paper. This skill uses hand eye coordination and is a very technical movement, having to control the scissors and the paper at the same time. Another area covered this week was writing their phonics sounds and their numbers on a computer. The children were able to complete both activities and learnt how to control the mouse on the computer to form their numbers.
This week we discussed how we can make the people around us happy. We spoke about situations when we have made someone happy and talked about how the person’s facial features change to show us that they are happy.
This week in Literacy we have focused on sentences formation and trying to help our children to be independent learners. We have discussed the main aspects of a sentence and encouraged the children to repeat a sentences several times before writing it to help them remember. They have been building their own sentences using a visual picture as support.
The children this week have been introduced to the terminology more or less. The learning this week has been practical based, with lots of hands on experiences to help the children gain the concept more or less. They have iced biscuits this week and had to place the correct number of sweets on each biscuit and was then asked to identify which biscuit had they put more or less sweets on. Following this we have played several dice games focusing on which dice has the most spots on it, used cubes to build different height towers which then helped the children to recognise the tower with more or less cubes.
This week the children have taken part in many challenges. They started off the week by working on coordination and the important skill of following instructions; this was demonstrated through a game of Twister. Then we moved onto focus on balancing different sized objects onto golf tees. All the children found this challenging but showed endeavour in the completion of the task.
This week we have looked at the feelings of others around us, discussing how we can make others feel happy. The children were able to recall a time when they have made someone feel happy and how it impacted on their emotional wellbeing.
Sensory Circuits helps develop children's sensory processing. Some individuals have difficulty interpreting sensory information which can impact on how they feel, think, behave and respond. Sensory Circuits focuses on six key areas and works through a series of physical activities. The program is run twice a day, for a period of 12 weeks.
This week we have had an art week focusing our attention to life in the ocean. We had a selection of children from a range of year groups to join us in this week’s lessons. The children have completed literacy and maths work relating to the topic of under water. The children have enjoyed making sculptures and mosaic art work of sea creatures.
This week the children have taken part in arrange of activities. Throughout the week they have taken part in a range of fizzy activities such as: competitions on who can throw the furthest, balancing along a range of apparatus and playing bat and ball with our new equipment. Then children have also recapped on the days of the week, pegging the days in the correct order on a number line.
In our lesson this week we focused on producing work for our display. The children drew their faces and wrote when they feel happy in their best handwriting.
This week we have started our sensory circuits. The children have had lots of fun trying out all the new equipment. Their favourite piece of equipment has been balancing on their tummies on a large red ball.
Our Key Question for this term is: Where would your flying carpet take you?
Within Literacy we have been looking at stories with flying carpets. The children this week designed their own flying carpets and created a story around where their flying carpet would take them. The children shared their ideas with the group on where flying carpets can take us and we read books with flying carpets in.
In maths the children have been focusing on length and being able to identify longest and shortest. They have been looking at pictures and making different objects to differing lengths and ordering objects according to size.
This week in our key skills group we have been focusing on upper and lower case letters and children recognising when to use capital letters and lower case letters. They have also been focusing on number recognition and one session this week the children had to hunt around the classroom for their hidden numbers. Also this week in phonics the children have been learning to blend simple cvc words. Following this this children have been focusing on throwing and catching a ball with a partner and independently.
This week in literacy the children have been recapping on the story from last term called ‘Beegu’ and creating a story of Beegu returning to Planet Earth. The children researched different places Beegu could visit and what she would think of these places. They all picked Dreamland and the Sea life centre in London. The children came up with fantastic stories of how Beegu would feel seeing a shark for the first time.
This week within maths we have focused on more and less, the children have been using number lines to help them identify one more or one less. Also we have been focusing on the children’s counting ability, whether this be verbally or counting objects. The children have been learning numbers through song and to see whether they can repeat a tune of numbers. This have been focusing on Five little speckle frogs which is a clip on YouTube.