Christmas preparations have started in Rabbit Class! ๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŽ…๐Ÿป

This week in Rabbits, we have started some Christmassy activities. The children were very helpful with helping to decorate our class tree. Our classroom now looks very festive and sparkly!
We enjoyed sharing the story โ€˜Dear Santa ๐ŸŽ…๐Ÿปโ€™. The children then helped Santa by preparing some letters of ideas they could have for Christmas.
In the sensory room, some of the children helped retell the Nativity story by wearing dress up clothes and exploring with the Nativity characters.
Throughout the week, children have enjoyed spending exploring the classroom and learning through play.
We have chosen Rheshary as our star of the week for some super talking and turn taking with his vocalisations. Keep up the good work!

Snowy Days โ„๏ธโ˜ƒ๏ธ

Hello little Rabbits, we hope you are keeping safe and warm.
In school we would be doing PE today – working on our gross motor skills. We always begin with our warm up dance.
The link is below if you want to do it at home:

If you are feeling brave, it would be great to see photos of you playing out in the snow, using your hands to scoop up snow, sliding in your sledges and making footprints in the snow. If you prefer to stay in the warm, please focus on any physio plans you have, or safely practise your jumping or climbing skills with some help; perhaps even an obstacle course around your bedroom!

This week in school we are beginning our Christmas celebration learning. We are linking our story “Dear Zoo..” which we have been reading the last few weeks, to “Dear Santa ๐ŸŽ……..”

There is a link to the story below:

If you have any items from the story (for example- toy cars, paints or musical instruments), you could practise your play skills with them at home. If you have a toy shop catalogue, you could also have a go at sending a letter to Santa asking for your favourite toys for Christmas ๐ŸŽ„.

We would be putting our Christmas tree up in class today, perhaps you could work on your hand-eye coordination by helping to decorate your tree at home!

Or perhaps you could practise your speech and language skills by blowing bubbles from a wand or flour across the table. Here are some ideas for oral motor exercises to help with speech and language below:

We hope you stay safe and have fun today, we look forward to seeing you back at school tomorrow. โ„๏ธโ˜ƒ๏ธ

Busy Rabbits ๐Ÿฐ

This week the little Rabbits have been carrying on with their work on Dear Zoo. They have created some lion masks by using cutting blocks to snip card for the mane. Some children also made some excellent attempts at mark making using pens on pencil track sheets.
During communication work, we have been using aided language boards to choose between lotion or shaving foam as part of our messy play sessions after lunch. Children are all beginning to show good anticipation and even pointing for more, well done!
We had another fabulous swim session this week and are amazed at how everyoneโ€™s confidence is growing. There is lots of independence and lots of smiley happy faces.
Keep up the super work Rabbits, we are proud of you all.

Our Oakwood superstar is Blake this week, for being such a good boy! Well done!

Active learners!

Dear Zoo and Children in Need

This week in Rabbits we have started reading a new book Dear Zoo. The children have thoroughly enjoyed exploring the pages of the story and finding the corresponding animals with support. We have seen the children focusing much better during choosing time and even doing some independent matching.

We have seen an improvement in the participation with oral motor activities during Speech and Language sessions, some children are regularly blowing their own bubbles and making sounds through the instruments. Well done!

In swimming this week, we can see that confidence is growing. There were lots of children practising their floating and venturing into the deep end!


For children in need, we decorated cakes or biscuits with icing and added smarties for spots. We all got very sticky! It was lovely to see the children in their dress up or non uniform. Well done for participating!

Remembrance Day

This week in Rabbits, we have finished reading our bear hunt story. We got very excited when we found the bear hiding in the cave!

For Remembrance Day, we had a themed music session with Bev and then in the afternoon, we explored the colour red and did arts and crafts to decorate some Poppy templates.

Poppy is our star of the week, she has been doing some wonderful communication with her pointy finger, especially during our massage session in the multi-sensory room! Well done ๐ŸŒŸ

Diwali celebrations ๐Ÿช”๐Ÿฅณ

This week in Rabbits, we have been learning about Diwali. The children have used their fine motor skills to collage Rangoli patterns and make Diva lamps out of clay as well as exploring sensory story resources.
We were very happy to go swimming again this week. The children were very splashy indeed, and some worked on skills to push away from the side, whilst others enjoyed exploring the water pouring resources.
In cooking today, we made chocolate apples to eat for bonfire night, we hope they are tasty. The children all did good looking and some even had a little taste of the ingredients. Well done.
We loved having our first Oakwood superstars assembly today. Ramandeep was our first superstar for excellent behaviour all week ๐Ÿ‘
We hope you all have a lovely weekend.

What busy bunnies!

This week in Rabbit class we have been listening to the story of โ€˜Weโ€™re going on a bear huntโ€™ again. The children have thoroughly enjoyed getting immersed in the sensory story sessions. They have done some super mark making using their feet!

We managed to avoid the rain and do our walkathon around the playground – well done everyone and a big thank you to everybody that has raised money, it is very much appreciated.

Unfortunately, due to unforeseen circumstances, we were unable to go swimming this week, but the children were compensated with extra free play and an end of term disco as a special reward for all their hard work this term. They especially liked the spooky projector and the dressing up costumes.

Weโ€™re going on a bear hunt

This week in Rabbits we have been on a barefoot sensory walk as part of our Bear hunt theme. The children were very brave testing out different textures and temperatures with their feet. The children have worked hard on communication targets, requesting โ€˜moreโ€™ or making choices between objects and we are beginning to see lots of anticipation with โ€˜ready, steady, goโ€™ activities, especially with highly motivating activities such as the swings.
The children enjoyed partaking in our Harvest Festival and playing along with their instruments for โ€˜Thank you God for the Harvestโ€™. The children then enjoyed some sensory play with Autumn leaves, getting messy and creating a lovely Autumn collage for our display.
Thank you to everyone that has donated to the food bank, your generosity is very much appreciated.

Good choosing everyone, finding our favourite things.
PE Activities, lots of good balancing, communicating and sharing. Well done everyone.
Choosing time and learning new skills.

Our week at school

This week in Rabbits we have been settling into our daily routines, such as joining in with good morning and smell of the day. The children have been responding well to our count downs and transitions when using cue songs and the now and next board. They also show recognition for PE when we put PE kits on, or aprons for lunch.
They have been doing excellent participation with sensory play, choosing between shaving foam/baby lotion and beginning to show understanding with cause and effect when using switches.
we have continued our work with Old Macdonald, with the children taking more of an interest with the animals and the fine motor activities. The finger isolation activities using finger puppets were enjoyed by everyone and help to develop a fine pincer grasp.
In PE this week, everyone was active and selected their favourite activities, from swings, to stepping stones, ramps and balls. They also responded well to our relaxation session at the end of PE using bubbles and the Lycra sheets to stretch around us,

Old Macdonald ๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐ŸŒพ had a farm

This week in Rabbit class we have been listening to Old Macdonald had a farm. We explored the sensory activities of pigs in mud, ducks in the pond and searched for animals hidden in the hay.

During speech and language work, the children experienced facial massage to help develop muscle tone and worked on lip closure activities to prepare them for making sounds.

We had a tasty afternoon preparing cakes for the Macmillan coffee morning. We all got very sticky whilst choosing our favourite colours and using fine pincer movements to pick up the sprinkles. Good work everyone!