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News 18th January

Otters have welcomed a family of pandas to their classroom this week!  They have been busy researching pandas and finding out what they need to stay healthy.  After reading 'Dear Greenpeace' which is about a girl who finds a whale in her pond they finished the week by writing a mini-book of letters asking Greenpeace their questions about pandas.  In maths, Otters have been adding and subtracting using a number line.  They have also used Hit the Button on www.topmarks.co.uk to practise number bonds up to 10 and 20.  Have a go at home and see how quickly they can recall the facts.  In RE they have learnt about the Hindu festival of Holi and the story of Holika.

 

 

News 11th January 2019

Otters have made a great start and really impressed us with their hard work this week-well done! In Literacy we have been reading some fictional letters and writing replies as well as learning how to write the school address. It would be great if they could learn their own address if they don't know it already. During Maths we've been busy reading and writing numbers up to 100 (and beyond for some) in numerals and words and partitioning numbers into tens and ones e.g. 30 + 2 = 32. For PE this week the chn had fun trying Yoga and showing how flexible they are. However we had problems with lost items of clothing afterwards so if you could please make sure all uniform and PE kits are named this would be much appreciated.

News 30th November

Science has been fun this week - Otters have been learning about the stages of growth from baby to elderly.  By playing 'Guess Who' with baby photos they have realised how much their faces have changed from baby to child.  We have continued learning about coins in maths, a great opportunity to open piggy banks and count coins.

News 23rd November

 

This week the children have been telling and writing their own stories based on 'Monkey see, Monkey do!' but with different characters. See if they can tell you their new story. In Maths we have been learning different ways we can record and display data on shapes and to solve the problem of making a cube shaped box suitable to house a family of small bears! Perhaps the children could try making a different shaped box to house a toy they have at home. In RE we enjoyed learning about Thanksgiving and making a paper turkey with feathers showing all the things we are thankful for.

News 16th November

Otters would like to welcome two new children to the class and are looking forward to getting to know them.

In Literacy this week we've had fun learning to tell the story 'Monkey See, Monkey Do!' with lots of actions and sound effects! Ask your child if they can retell the story to you. We've also been learning to write questions and about the past tense. 3D shape has been the focus of our Maths lessons and we are beginning to learn the names of these and to describe the shape of their faces and count how many faces, corners and edges they have. Can they spot any 3D shapes around your house? Our Christmas play is coming on well particularly the singing and we look forward to sharing this with you when the time comes. 
A white, M & S , unnamed polo shirt was left in class after PE on Monday. Let us know if you think it belongs to your child

News 2nd November

 

Otters new topic this half term is Paws, Claws and Whiskers where they will be learning about everything to do with animals!  In literacy they have enjoyed learning and performing some animal nursery rhymes and poems by heart.  In Maths they have been working on strategies to add and subtract numbers, such as counting on from the larger number and adding and subtraction 10 in their heads.  The room was full of scientists on Thursday when they were investigating 'Do people with bigger hands have bigger feet?'.  Ask them to do an experiment at home to answer this.  A homework sheet with suggested activities for this half term and spelling to learn will be sent home this Friday.

 

 

News 19th October

Otter Class have been showing off their skills in poetry this week. They have been really engaged with the work, especially later in the week when learning about Remembrance Day. Some of their lines about poppies have brought a tear to Mrs Gent's eyes!

In Science we had a very loud lesson as they were so excited learning about magnets and challenging themselves to beat the poles - some of the children were determined to make two south poles attract! 

We hope they have a lovely week off of school.

 

News 5th October

What an amazing week we've had in Otters Class. We planned and made sandwiches and ate them at our Victorian style afternoon tea party. Please have a look at the photo of this event on the school website. Next we wrote instructions on how to make a sandwich and the children have really impressed us with their hard work. In Maths we've been getting to grips with number facts up and in Science we have been investigating silly materials. The children designed items made from the wrong material and explained why they wouldn't work, such as a glass aeroplane, a wooden hat and a concrete car!

Otters are looking forward to their trip to Milton Keynes Museum next Tuesday. Don't forget to bring a packed lunch and coat!

Victorian Tea Party

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News 28th September

This week Otters have been giving each other spoken instructions for making a Lego model and cleaning your teeth. They've also looked at how written instructions are set out and had fun following instructions to make a Victorian toy. On Friday, some of the children wrote instructions to teach Mrs Gent a new skill. She now knows how to ride a motorbike and play a practical joke! In Maths we've focused on comparing and ordering numbers using language such as greater than and less than. 
In Science the children had a lot of fun carrying out an experiment to find which material would make a good umbrella. We've also been busy preparing for our Victorian tea party next week. Details to follow in a separate letter.

News 21st September

This week Otters have been trying to find their lost toys!.  They went on a hunt to see where they were hiding, following signs that led the way.  They wrote some independent stories called 'Lost in Northill School'.  In science they labelled all the materials in the classroom - see if they can do the same at home!  In P.E. on a Friday Otters are doing a combination of dance and yoga.   

 

September 14th News

This week Otters have been reading 'Lost in the Toy Museum' and sequencing the main events.  They have also enjoyed being able to see and play with some replica Victorian toys and games such as Pick up Sticks and Jacks.  In numeracy they have been learning to represent numbers with Numicon, dienes and number lines and made some great posters displaying all the ways a number could be shown.      Well done Otters.

 

On Tuesday 18th September the children may bring a small toy for their music lesson with Mrs Thorn.

 

News

Otter Class are settling well into their new class and routine.  They have been very proud to show their Summer Holiday scrapbooks, thank you parents for all your support.  This week we have been busy reading and writing numbers and counting out everything from cubes to acorns!  We have also discussed and agreed class rules and thought about what we'd like to try and achieve this half term.

Welcome to the Otter Class page

 

Otter class is our Year 1 and 2 class taught by Mrs Tiffin on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Mrs Gent on Thursday and Friday. Mrs Cutmore (HLTA) also covers Planning, Preparation and Assessment time (PPA) time and along with Mrs Miller (TA) supports in Otter Class.

Our R.E/ Values afternoon

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There was a lovely calm atmosphere today in school, as the children worked collaboratively to create displays reflecting the values in the stories they listened to. One group studied Noah’s Ark, another- Jonah and the third group-The Selfish Giant.

It was fantastic to see different age groups working together.

We have been learning about shapes and finding different ways of sorting them.
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More shape sorting

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Otter Class painted clouds in the style of John Constable.
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Our visit to the church where Father Frank explained to us it's special features

Our visit to the church where Father Frank explained to us it's special features 1
Our visit to the church where Father Frank explained to us it's special features 2
Please remember there will be a spelling test tomorrow, Wednesday. Spelling books were sent home last Friday with the spellings for the half term.

Otter class had an interesting morning learning all about the weather. A big thank you to Mr. Woolley for sharing his expertise, we loved making clouds!

Our Victorian day at Milton Keynes museum

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More photos of our year in Otter class

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