Lady Joanna Thornhill (Endowed) Primary School

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Rabbit Class Weekly Blog



We have continued learning about the Great Fire of London and we have enjoyed the drama where we have acted out the events of the fire. We have talked a lot about the different causes of the fire and we are beginning to understand the many consequences. You might be surprised to learn that some of these consequences were positive! We like how the reading practice has also incorporated this topic too.


In science, we have enjoyed finding out how light passes through different materials and today, we learned about the properties of solid materials. We got to make slime and test how easy it is to squash which was lots of fun. We were surprised to learn that not all solids are hard and some can change shape really easily if a force is applied to them. 


In maths, we have been working really hard to set out our column addition, adding two-digit numbers together. We are now working on exchanging ones for tens!


We are learning a new song in music called, Ho Ho Ho – any guesses as to what it’s about?!


This week in Rabbit Class, two very exciting things happened. First, we went on our school trip to Perry Court Farm. We were very lucky with the weather and we enjoyed the long walk to get there. When we arrived, we were met by Heidi who runs the farm. She talked to us about the apples and we were amazed to learn they have over 230 varieties there! We got to pick some Bramley apples which we took back to make our apple crumble on Friday. We were lucky enough to be given some apples and apple juice to try. Delicious! 


The second exciting thing was the fun run. This involved completing an obstacle course and getting very muddy!







This week, we have really enjoyed our art lesson. We are continuing our pieces of work based on the style of Renoir and they are starting to look fabulous! We had lots of fun in PSHE learning how quickly and easily germs spread. We used glitter to show this and we got quite messy! Mrs Kwouk also got messy in our English lesson when she used our instructions to make a jam sandwich. We learned that we needed to make our instructions more detailed. It was very funny to see Mrs Kwouk use her hand to spread butter on the bread!

Our maths has been quite tricky this week as we have been learning to add by making ten. Some of us still need to continue learning our number bonds to 10 to help us with this. 

We are really proud of the progress we are making in reading and Mrs Kwouk is super proud of how we are starting to really show maturity through our respectful behaviour in class. Collectively, we have so far earned a grand total of 1138 Dojo points!


This week, we really enjoyed our art lesson in which we learned how to draw people but it was very difficult to get the proportions right. We found our RE lesson about how Muslims pray very interesting. We have had great fun learning and performing the poem 'There was an old lady who swallowed a fly' in our English lessons. Maths this week has been quite tricky as we have been learning about bonds to 20 and fact families but we are really proud of how neatly we have been presenting our work in our books. We are also really proud of how well we have done in our phonics lesson. The highlight of our week was outdoor learning with Miss Dodsworth. We got to play exciting games and do some crafts in the woods.


This week in Rabbit Class, we have really enjoyed drawing self portraits and learning how to do them using guidelines. We are really proud of the finished pieces of work! We have also really enjoyed acting out the story of The Gigantic Turnip. In maths, we have been learning about place value and we have done some rather tricky challenges with tens and ones. We are really proud of ourselves for writing some long and difficult sentences in phonics lessons. In PSHE, we have learned about the different food groups and eating healthily. In RE, we learned about Muslim beliefs about God. In PE we practised balancing. What a brilliant week it has been!


This week in art, we have really enjoyed making rain pictures using water colours in the style of Renoir. We look forward to finishing those pictures next week and displaying them for everybody to see. We have also enjoyed challenging ourselves in maths with tricky problems using part whole models. We are all very proud of our writing in English. We are retelling the story of The Gigantic Turnip using alliteration, similes and conjunctions. We have learned new spelling rules such as -ed endings which we are trying hard to use in our writing. We are also really proud of how well we have used the different instruments in music. In PE we have been working on our running, throwing, balancing and dodging skills which we have found quite tricky!


In English this week, we have really enjoyed making a story map for an alternative version of The Gigantic Turnip which we will be writing next week. We also really enjoyed experimenting with different shades of colour using paint in art. We are finding our topic about Muslims in RE very interesting. In maths, we had fun making human number lines in the playground (see photos below).

We are really proud of the poems we wrote in PSHE about children around the world who do not have access to clean water. We felt sad for these children and grateful that we have plenty of clean water in our homes.  Those of us who have done some home learning felt proud when we showed off our work to the class.

Some things have been a bit tricky for us this week, especially estimating numbers on a number line. Our phonics lessons have also been quite tricky this week as we have had to read and spell some very difficult words.



We made a human number line!


This week has been very special as we have been taking part in International Week. We were lucky enough to participate in two workshops: an Indian workshop led by Mira's mum in which we made rangoli patterns and tried on traditional Indian clothes and a Malaysian crafts workshop led by Arthur's mum. We have really enjoyed practising our French song, 'Vole, vole, vole papillon' (Fly, fly, fly butterfly) in preparation for our big performance at International Evening on Friday.

Maths has been very challenging this week as we have been learning to count in twos, fives and tens (forwards and backwards). We have been singing songs to help us learn this which we will keep practising so that we can do it off by heart!

In English, we have finished writing our alternative versions of the Gigantic Turnip. Our writing includes alliteration, time conjunctions and ambitious language and we are very proud of the work we have done.