St Mary's Road, East Hendred, Wantage, OX12 8LF

01235 833342

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St Amand's Catholic Primary School

Welcome to Rabbits Class

Welcome to Rabbits Class 2023-2024 

 

Welcome Back Rabbits - A fantastic start to the new term

 

Dear Parents,

I hope this letter finds you well and that you all had a truly wonderful Christmas break. The festive season may be over, but the new year brings new beginnings and renewed enthusiasm. I am thrilled to welcome you all back to school and, in particular, to have the opportunity to teach such an amazing group of children as Rabbits’ Class teacher.

Before we dive into the exciting topics we have lined up for this term, I would like to extend my heartfelt gratitude for all the kind gifts you have generously given. Your thoughtfulness and generosity are truly appreciated, and I am sincerely thankful for the kind gesture.

Now, let us focus on the exciting plans we have for our time together in the classroom. This term, we will be exploring a range of fascinating topics which will captivate the children's imagination and fuel their curiosity for learning. I am confident that these topics will provide an enriching and engaging educational experience for our young learners. Further information can be found on our topic web for this term.

In terms of practical matters, I would like to outline the weekly schedule for activities. Physical Education (PE) lessons will take place on Mondays and Tuesdays. It is important that your child comes dressed in suitable PE attire on these days. Mondays will be dodgeball and Tuesdays will be gymnastics, therefore shorts and T-shirt are essential these can be worn under their jogging bottoms and jumpers and removed before their lessons. Earrings to be removed for PE days or taped up please.

On Friday afternoons, we will have the pleasure of venturing into our school's fantastic outdoor space for Forest School. Here, the children will have the opportunity to connect with nature and explore the environment around them. To ensure your child is comfortable and prepared, please ensure they bring appropriate clothing and footwear for this session.

I would also like to draw your attention to our spelling routine. Spelling words will be given out every Monday, and the children will be tested on these words the following Monday. Regular practice at home will greatly assist your child's progress in this area, and I encourage you to support them with their spelling work.

To further promote a love for reading, homework and reading books will be handed out every Friday. It is crucial that these tasks are completed and returned to school by the following Thursday. Establishing a routine of reading at home will prove invaluable in developing your child's literacy skills and fostering a passion for literature. Mathematics homework will be set on Mathletics, please ensure your child logs on to complete their weekly tasks. These too will be set on a Friday to be completed by the following Thursday.

I am excited about working with you in partnership to ensure your child's success and well-rounded development throughout the year. Open communication is essential, so please do not hesitate to reach out to me via email through the school office should you have any concerns or queries.

Thank you once again for your continued support. I am genuinely looking forward to an incredible term ahead, filled with growth, learning, and memorable experiences for our Rabbits Class.

Yours sincerely,

Mrs Duhig
Rabbits Class Teacher

Rabbits of 2022/2023 - Some of our memories and successes (below).

News Flash..... Rabbits raised a fabulous £330 to help and support farmers across the world! Thank you for your generous donations and encouragement. Well done Rabbits!

Term 6 Topic Web  - Out of this World T6 Topic Web - Y2 -Space.pdf

Term 5 Topic Web -T5 Topic Web - y2 -CASTLES.pdf Castles 

Welcome to term 5 and a very happy Easter to you all. 

Summer is nearly here and we have so much to look forward to! Please take a look at our topic web and start collecting junk. We are excited to be able to invite parents and carers to join us for castle building on Thursday 18th May.  Children will learn about Norman castles and William the Conqueror. We will discover how castles have changed throughout history from 1066 up until today as we go on to celebrate the coronation of King Charles III. We will learn about properties of material in science to help us build strong castles and then put them to the test in a Norman-Saxon battle followed by a banquet to celebrate the crowning of our King! In RE we will learn what it means to be a disciple through the story of the resurrection. We will ponder, reflect and pray as we deepen our faith and find out what it means to believe and trust in God and follow Jesus. We look forward to sharing our journey with you and each other.

Holy week was a time for reflection, repentance, forgiveness and prayer.

Rabbits performed a very moving and beautiful re-enactment of the washing of feet and the last supper. This quiet, liturgical reflection helped us to understand the importance of serving one another.  As we thought deeply about how Jesus and His disciples were feeling during the events of Holy week, we learnt that we are called to follow Jesus on the way of the cross and love one-another as Jesus loves us.

Fun at the farm! 

We had a great time at Farmer Gow's. We bottle fed lambs and kids; collected eggs; held tiny chicks and splashed in muddy puddles on our walk. We loved getting close to nature and playing on the tractors.

This week, Rabbits made their Lenten promises and we are ready to begin our fair trade sponsored treasure hunt!

Click here for Lent Fairtrade treasure hunt and sponsorship forms.

Click here for Lent Fairtrade treasure hunt letter.

Spring is in the air!

Welcome back to Term 4!  Spring in Rabbits class will be fun-packed with learning and adventure as we head off to find out about food and farming. We will be planting, meeting animals, dancing, playing music and preparing food for a picnic. We will find out where our food comes from and how important it is that we live sustainably and responsibly and support farming communities across the world. We will spend time in prayer every day so that we can live like Jesus and grow closer to God. We will make our Lenten promises and join in solidarity, as a class, to raise funds to purchase farming gifts from our chosen charity - CAFOD. Our Lenten challenge is a sponsored fair trade treasure hunt - look out for the sponsorship forms coming home soon and please give generously! Thank you. 

In term 3 our topic is journeys. We will be learning about some of the important journeys in the Bible especially reflecting on the difficult journey the Holy Family took from Bethlehem to Egypt. This term in English we will be embedding The Building the Kingdom, we will be developing moving learning into action, faith into action enabling students to develop their advocacy skills for change for those in the greatest need in society. The books that we will be studying in English will encourage the children to think about how to ensure that all people in society are 'visible' and how our words and actions can make a difference to others such as, refugees, the homeless, poor, sick, disabled, old, young as well as many more. This term the children will be able to put into practise their learning from Catholic Social Teaching, following in the footsteps of Christ, we hope to make present in our unjust and broken world, the justice, love and peace of God.

'Hey Ewe!'  We wish you all a happy and peaceful Christmas! 

Run, run as fast as you can.......We had great fun reading and learning about the Gingerbread Man. We enjoyed writing a new ending to the story as well as writing a new version.  Our characters were much better behaved than the original Gingerbread Man! We then made some of our own gingerbread people and decorated them with sweets - what a tasty treat they were.

Advent - "We love one another as Jesus loves us" - a time for giving.

In term 2 we spent time thinking about Pope Francis' second letter about social friendship. He asks us to love all our brothers and sisters - Fratelli Tutti - no matter where or who they are. We focused on Catholic social teaching principles of preferential option for the poor and human dignity. We enjoyed finding out about the many modern-day good Samaritans such as Marcus Rashford and Mother Teresa. We learnt that if we worked together in solidarity we could make changes for the better and care for others. As part of our Advent preparation and reflection we thought about people in need and people who are often forgotten about. Over the 4 weeks of advent we collected food for the food bank and we made simple gifts for elderly people. We prayed for the persecuted, the lonely and the homeless, that they may enjoy the peace and the light of Christ at Christmas through the love and kindness of others.

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At forest school we built a bug hotel  - a safe and warm habitat for our wonderful mini-beasts.

"We look after His world and everything in it."

We all received a letter from the Pope asking us to take care of our common home. We have been learning about how we can live wisely, think deeply and love generously through Catholic Social Teaching. We focused on ways in which we can reduce energy, take care of living things and reduce pollution through thoughtful actions. We used less paper, turned off the lights when we didn't need them and planted trees and bulbs. We also learnt more about different  habitats and how useful each living creature is. God created the world and everything in it and He asked us to take care of it. We must all work together to protect it.

We discovered some amazing animals and plants at the Living Rainforest. We learnt about carnivores, omnivores and herbivores, as well as finding out about frugivores and gumivores!

Some of us held the tarantula and we all spotted the sloth, up high in the canopy.  We also found out in which rainforests banana, cocoa, vanilla and coffee plants grow. I think we were all surprised at how hot and humid it is in a rainforest habitat!

What a fabulous day we had celebrating our harvest festival. Here we are enjoying our freshly pressed apple juice - cheers!

Our amazing clay nature tiles.

Forest School Activities

Rabbits class have been working hard in science, exploring our fabulous forest, identifying signs of autumn and being creative with nature's treasures. We have built dens, created clay tiles and played fun animal games. We have also enjoyed some nature themed stories. What a beautiful time of year!

Laudato Si' - Care of our Common Home

Rabbits have been great stewards of God's Creation and have followed in the footsteps of St. Francis of Assisi by looking after each other, protecting all creatures, great and small and caring for our common home. They are a wonderful example of how we can care for our planet - take a moment to ask them how we can make changes to protect our amazing world and care for all life.             

Fabulous fundraising in 2022!

We are excited to announce that the children in Rabbits and Owls have raised funds for the charity HCPT. HCPT is a registered charity offering pilgrimage holidays, to Lourdes in the south of France, for disabled and disadvantaged people from around the UK and further afield. It costs £850 to send a child on a pilgrimage holiday to Lourdes and the children managed to raise enough money to send more than one child by completing a 'Move-athon' challenge where the children had to think of how many different ways they could move around the football pitch in a 2 hour relay.

 

Thank you so much for your support. We are very grateful for all your donations that supported our chosen charity.

"We work together, we play together, we pray together and we always do our best"