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Sopley Primary School

Sopley Primary School


Rabbits Team

Welcome to Rabbits class. Our class team is made up of Mrs. Bleakley, Mrs. Hodge and Mrs. Thomas. On Wednesday’s Mr. Hine teaches us PE and Ms. Leneghan teaches us Art / PSHE. In Rabbits class we love learning especially through exploring in our play.  Our Reception children follow the Early Years curriculum and our Year 1's follow the Key stage 1 national curriculum. We all follow Letters and Sounds to help us progress with our phonics, reading and writing.  

We believe that in order to ensure your children have the best start to their school life it is important to begin at each child's own starting point and that their school experience is tailored to meet their individual needs. We follow a two year curriculum that covers a range of themes and also ensures there are teaching and learning opportunities led by the children's interests and ideas. 

Learning occurs both indoors and out in Rabbits class. Our indoor environment is thoughtfully designed to invite exploration and engagement. Resources are well organised to encourage children to use the whole environment independently and access easily. Our outdoor environment has designated areas for various types of play and learning. The school field, play trail and woodland areas give us endless opportunities to run, play and learn.

As part of our induction programme we have many opportunities in the term leading up to joining Rabbits class for the children to visit the school including a stay and play session in the summer holidays. We also make regular contact with the children’s pre-school settings to ensure a smooth transition into school. All reception children also get paired with a Year six ‘buddy’. The older children will support the younger children not only as they start their new school year but throughout their first year at school. The ‘buddies’ help the younger children come into school at the start of the day, look out for them at play times and support them during lunch time. As the year progresses the ‘buddies’ team up with their younger peers to support them at events such as Sports day.


Autumn Term Learning

This half term, we’ll head outdoors to observe and experience the enchanting autumnal environment, collecting autumn treasures as we crunch through piles of fallen leaves. Back in the classroom, we’ll sort our treasures into different categories, create land art, and dry and flatten leaves to decorate. We’ll learn about woodland animals and migration through movement and discuss the features that allow animals to survive through winter. In our literacy lessons, we’ll snuggle up and listen to autumnal stories and write woodland tales. In mathematics, we’ll count conkers and collect and order sticks of different lengths. We’ll roll up our sleeves to make a clay owl or hedgehog, autumn-scented play dough and ‘squirrel muffins’ for our forest friends. Outside once more, we’ll observe food as it decays over time and go on a hedgerow hunt for blackberries. How will they smell and feel? At the end of the project, we’ll invite you to share and show you what we’ve learned about woodland animals. Then we’ll talk about the changes that occur as autumn changes into winter. Can we relate them to our memories and experiences?


In Rabbits class we have PE on a Wednesday and change our reading books Monday, Wednesday and Friday. We set Maths home learning for Year 1 onwards on My Maths and use to Times table Rockstars at home.

  All Rabbits children have a Tapestry account where parents can login and see some of their child’s school achievements. We also encourage parents to add to the journal some of their child’s successes from home as well.