Hello from our houses! 🏘

Hi everyone in Rabbit Class, we are so pleased to hear your news and glad that you are safe and well at home. Please keep us posted with your news and activities!
Hope you are getting to enjoy the sunshine 🌞.
Thank you for the photos that have been sent in so far, it has really cheered us up. Keep working hard and being good for your Mommies and Daddies!

Blake and Imogen smiling at home. Blake is looking forward to some fresh air and Imogen has been painting rainbows to cheer everyone up!
Imogen’s rainbow picture, made with her hands.
Imogen has also made a birthday card for her Daddy.
Deacon dressing up in his sisters sunglasses, following the golden rules of ‘good waiting’ for his yummy noodles, his rainbow window and exploring his plasma ball in his sensory corner.
Sarah’s dog Alfie is very happy that everyone is home keeping safe and playing fetch with him!
Here are some ideas for some sensory spring activities. Please let us know how you are getting on with them!

Christina hopes that everyone is getting to enjoy some sunshine 🌞. Her children have enjoyed learning some bush craft skills and spending time playing with their dogs .

Billy is missing everyone and hopes to see you all again soon. He’s been enjoying doing his music work and keeping to his Friday cooking routine by baking some tasty cup cakes. 😋

R has been spending lots of time in his lovely garden and going on the trampoline with Grandad Keith and learning to use the swing independently. Well done!
Michelle is missing everyone lots, but has managed to enjoy some fresh air during her walks along the canal with her doggies.

Below is details of the support network available for anyone that may need advice or support at this difficult time. We will keep you updated with details of when school will be reopen as soon as we have any information. Please also feel free to email Sarah with any queries.

Stay safe everyone

At the circus

This week we have been developing our gross motor skills- squiggling whilst wiggling using dance ribbons to make circle shapes.
We have also continued our interactive story ‘At the circus’, we have practised walking the tightrope, squirted the clown, swung through the air like a trapeze artiste and been a magician; pulling a rabbit out of a hat. The children have enjoyed finding their own photographs for the story and role playing. For our fine motor activities they have created their own lion face masks, hand print clowns, as well as completing a circus matching game. In our funky fingers session the week, we completed some inset puzzles, by matching the images and pushing them into place.
In cooking on Friday we will be making sandwiches.

World book week 2020 – Showtime!

Wow 🤩 what a fantastic week we have had, celebrating our love of reading. We have been very lucky to have lots of special visitors this week to teach us circus skills and enable us to explore bubbles and games. All the children loved posing on the red carpet and dancing with their friends as part of our celebration assembly. Here are just a few photos to showcase what we have been up to!

Well done Mummies and Daddies for the wonderful costumes, everyone looked fantastic!
Billionaire boy, Willy Wonka and film stars!

Chinese Dragon Dances

Today we were very lucky to have a Chinese dragon workshop at school. The children had the opportunity to learn some new skills; using fans, parasols and dragon masks to dance to Chinese music.
Lots of fun was had by all. The children showcased their new skills to their key stage 1 friends in the show finale.

Circus and pancakes!

We hope you all had a lovely half term break. We have continued our work on the circus this week, reading a book called ‘At the circus’. The children have enjoyed personalising the story by finding their own photographs and then placing themselves into the story. We have used stickers to create our own storyboards and will be making sensory popcorn crafts later in the week.
We have also been learning about Shrove Tuesday. We sang songs to help remember the ingredients and completed messy play to make a pretend batter mix. The children then had an opportunity to taste lemon and sugar on their pancake for snack time. The sour lemons made us pull some funny faces!

💕 Love is in the air!

We have been celebrating Valentine’s Day in Rabbit class this week.  The children used their senses to explore a range of objects in our sensory Valentine’s tray.  They especially liked sniffing the scented flowers and playing ‘peek-a-boo, I love you’ with the materials.  They have also been busy making crafts to send home and preparing a class card for the school competition to be held on Friday for our end of term disco.  
Later in the week we will be making heart shaped biscuits in cooking and using salt dough to design our own ‘love bugs’. 

🎪 Circus skills🏋️‍♂️🤸‍♀️🤹‍♀️

During our PE sessions this term, we have been practising our circus skills for balance, hand -eye coordination, as well as developing our gross motor strength.

Our class have loved moving their bodies to the lively circus music and following the coloured lights around the hall.  We have used the parachute to help us see the colours of the big top and using Makaton communication with help to request more or choose between equipment. The children have been supported to experience what it would be like to be a trapeze artiste or a tightrope walker.

After our exercise, we have completed warm down and relaxation with calming music and scented bubbles.

Nellie the elephant 🐘 🎪

This week we have been very noisy in Rabbit class.  We have been trumpeting along to the song of Nellie the elephant and using our fine motor skills to complete some fun activities.  We have been using a pincer grasp to place the trunk on the elephant and collecting all the coloured tissue that Nellie sprayed out of her trunk at us (the children found this very funny!) They also liked using the water pistol to squirt each other with water, just like elephants do 💦.

We have used  party blowers 🥳  to create Nellie the elephant masks and used the cutting blocks to practise our scissor skills again.

The children have enjoyed their turn to visit the shop and to match the ingredients needed to follow a recipe.

This week in cooking, we will be making elephant bread.  We hope you like it!

Chinese New Year 🧧 🐉 🥢 🐀

This week we have been reading the story ‘Lanterns and Firecrackers’.  We have explored the story as a group and linked our resources to make it more sensory.  We then used instruments and a dragon to practise a dragon dance around our classroom.  Next we used the zodiac chart to find out everyone’s animal from their birth years and to find out that 2020 is the year of the rat.

The children have decorated some beautiful lanterns that are now on display in our classroom and also designed craft fireworks and hand print dragons.  Later in the week, we will be tasting some Chinese foods and looking at how different our cutlery is to chop sticks.

Noisy Circus 🎪

This week we have been reading the story ‘The noisy circus’. The children have taken turns to activate the sound buttons, dressed up as clowns, splatted the clown with custard pies, as well as used drums to play along to a circus themed song. We have also been practising fine motor skills, using cutting blocks to create circus story boards.

In PE, we have been working on some circus skills; balancing, different movements and using different equipment- such as the pedal steppers and our ring of fire 🔥. The swings have also helped the children experience what it is like to be a trapeze artiste.