Bishop Bronescombe C of E School

Rainbows - Year R

Miss Oliver


A story that became a childhood favourite of mine was ‘The Magic Faraway Tree’ by Enid Blyton. I visited this series again and again and again, often sneaking to read more past my bed time. I have a particular memory of trying really hard to read the words of the book in the dark, as my dad had turned the lights off and told me to go to sleep! I fell in love with the magic of the story and wished I had my own faraway tree with magical lands at the top which I could adventure into. As an adult I still adore reading, there is nothing better than curling up with a good book at the end of the day! The Harry Potter series will also always have a special place in my reading list as I always seem to go back to these in-between other books!

Miss Franklin

Support staff

My favourite children's book is The Lion, The Witch and the wardrobe. This book follows four children into a mystery world which they accidentally enter whilst hiding in a wardrobe. They experience excitement, curiosity and fear as they enter the new, mysterious world. Throughout this story the children undertake numerous challenges in order to protect each other and meet new people and creatures whilst exploring the wonders of this new, mysterious place.

For environmental week, we have been busy exploring stories about how we can look after our world. We have thoroughly enjoyed the story Duffy’s Great Estate and Marli’s Tangled Tale (Check them out on You Tube!) This led to a great discussion about waste and materials. We have been busy sorting things that can be recycled and things that are compostable. The children enjoyed doing some planting and we will be checking for growth in the coming weeks! We are excited to see that our strawberry plants have started to grow strawberries!

In maths we have been exploring doubling, the children have been amazing at using different resources to double different quantities.

This month we are going to be taking part in 30 Days of Wild from Wildlife Trust. We have been given a different challenge to complete each day and so far we have enjoyed feeling the wild between our toes, cloud watching, looking for creepy crawlies and listening out for natural sounds.
Following the discovery of a big spider's nest amongst the bamboo branches at the Wild Space, the children had lots of questions about Spiders.

We discussed how Spiders make us feel and I was very pleased to discover that lots of the Rainbows find them fascinating and are not afraid (Which is perfect if we ever get a visitor in the classroom as Miss Oliver is not so brave!). We thought ‘Do Spiders only eat flies?’ ‘How do they make their web?’ ‘How do they hang upside down on the ceiling?’ and ‘What is a tarantula?’ We have been researching spider facts, listening to some favourite spider stories and watching fascinating spider footage.

This week we have also been very busy story scribing! Story scribing is a process where we transform our classroom into a theatre. The children are given the opportunity to tell/scribe their own stories which they then get to act out amongst their peers. We have had some fantastic spider, dinosaur and superhero stories which we have loved watching them come to life.

In maths we have been focusing on sharing and halving. We have also been introducing the children to the concept of odd and even numbers.


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