Welcome to Rabbits Class
This half-term, the Rabbits have taken a huge step back in time to look at the awesome and exciting ancient Egyptian civilisation.
On our WOW day, the Rabbits dressed up in some incredible Egyptian outfits (thank you to those who made sure they looked the part) and stepped back to 1343 BC, the 8th Year of Akhenaten’s reign into the role as an ancient Egyptian apprentice. We invited ‘History off the Page’ who brought some extremely exciting and authentic Egyptian activities for the children to take their hand to. The workshops included: tomb painting; making perfume cones: mixing ink and scribing in hieroglyphics; pressing olive oil to burn in an oil lamp; scarab carving; mummification; baking bread and making canopic jars. During the afternoon the children took part in an Egyptian feast, entertaining Akhenaten and Nefertiti with their performances, and sharing in simple food that would have been available in ancient Egypt.
Over the half term, we will be continuing to discover more about the Egyptians and Ancient Egypt throughout the curriculum. In geography, we will be locating Egypt within the world using atlases and thinking about why the Nile is so important to the land of Egypt. History will take us on a journey through the fascinating facts about Ancient Egypt which will help us write a non-chronological page report about the pyramids in English. We will also begin our science unit about digestion by looking at the organs the ancient Egyptians removed during the mummification process and stored in canopic jars.
Please keep checking back for updates over the half term.
Under the Sea
Rabbits have dived ‘Under the Sea’ and have already transformed our classroom into an incredible, fish filled underwater scene, ready for our half term of exploring and learning!
On our WOW day Rabbits classroom became an artistic fish making factory, where all of our wonderful art resources were used to create a variety of beautiful fish. We made: clay fish, inky fish, junk modelled fish, shiny fish and even pillow fish! We finished off the day exploring some real sea life with the expert David Attenborough, by watching Blue Planet.
The Rabbits were extremely lucky to even squeeze a school trip into the first week back, to the Sea Life Sanctuary in Hunstanton. There we were able to watch a huge variety of fish of all shapes and sizes and even see some penguins being fed and baby seals in the sanctuary’s Seal Hospital. In the Rockpool Experience led by an expert at the centre, we met Patrick the starfish and were even able to stroke and describe his bumpy skin. After that, we avoided being snipped by his pincers, but were able to stroke the hard and smooth shell of a velvet crab. An excellent day was had by all and the staff at the centre commented on how well behaved the children were - well done Rabbits!
The Rabbits will be continuing to discover more about Under the Sea, throughout the curriculum over the short half term. We will be learning about oceans and the water cycle in topic lessons and in English where we will be writing a letter to the BBC to persuade them to make a program about an endangered animal.
Keep checking back for updates over the half term.
Rabbits class had an amazing WOW day to begin their topic for this half term, stepping back in time and walking up the gangplank to begin their voyage on the magnificent Titanic.
As well as exploring the ship's cabins, suites, Engine Room and deck games, the passengers tasted what was on offer in the Tea Rooms. First Class passengers enjoyed some cake, tea and champagne, whilst over on the 3rd Class benches, just water and bread was on offer.
After a good exploration of the ship, everyone moved back to the upper deck to discuss what they had seen. Suddenly, Captain Smith rang the bell and notified the passengers that the Titanic had hit an iceberg. It soon became apparent that there was not enough room in the lifeboats and that many passengers would not survive. The passengers tried to imagine what it would have really felt like and realised what a tragedy the Titanic disaster was.
The Rabbits will be continuing to discover more about the Titanic, throughout the curriculum, and in English they will soon be writing a diary entry from the point of view of one of the passengers that travelled on the Titanic.
Keep checking back for updates over the half term.
Rabbits Class Assembly - 04.02.16
Thank you to everyone who came to watch our class assembly on Friday. If you missed them (or you would like to enjoy watching them again) here are a couple of videos of the children's learning that were played during the assembly.
The Rabbits really enjoyed our visit to Cambourne Library this afternoon. Many children were able to choose a book and use their library card to issue it to themselves on the self-issue machine. Please remember books are due to be returned to the library in 3 weeks time on 23rd February but they can be renewed for another 3 weeks by following this link. Library opening times and further information can be found here. Thank you again for supporting your children's learning.