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Welcome to Otters Class! 

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On this page you will be able to see lots of the things we have been busy doing in
Otters class! We hope you enjoy looking at all of the fun learning we have been doing.

Important Information:
 

Presentation shown to parents on 11th September:

Yearly overview:
There will be a school trip to the beach on Monday 16th October 2017, weather permitting. Please ensure you have signed the permission slip and returned this to the shcool ASAP. 
Term 1

Morning work:

In the morning we put our things away, change our books and then get on with some fun morning activities. This could be a variety of things from practising our fine motor skills through clever hands work, using the iPads to help our learning or completing some Maths, English or SPaG activities. This may change throughout the year and the type of work will be adapted to suit the children's needs and abilities.

Topic:

Our topic this term is 'A sailor went to sea, sea, sea.' Below is the Topic letter with more details about what will be covered during this term.

There will be a school trip for Otters to the South Foreland Lighthouse on Wednesday 4th October 2017. There will be pictures to follow to share with you all.

 

Maths:

In maths we have been recapping and learning more about place value (hundreds, tens and ones) as well as practising how to partition two digit numbers. We looked at partitioning the tens from the ones using base 10, a place value chart and 'part-whole' models. We are becoming more confident with this and securing our understanding! 

We moved onto learning how to compare numbers. We met a new friend called Chris Crocodile. He is a really greedy crocodile that likes to eat as much as he can. He helped us learn how to use the compare sign to compare numbers. To do this, we rolled a 100s, 10s and a 1s dice to make two 2-digit numbers. After this we used the more than and  less than signs to compare the numbers.
We have been learning more about addition and subtraction. We started this by recapping our number bonds to 10, 20 and some of us even had a go at our number bonds to 100! To do this we used numicon and wrote our findings on sugar paper.

English:

In English we have been using our Power of Reading book 'Orion and the Dark' to support our learning. We have been doing lots of fun things including writing speech and thought bubbles, drawing story maps, exploring poetry and expanding our vocabulary by using adjectives to describe fear and characters. 

 

Please enjoy the clips below of some of the children performing their poetry describing what they think 'dark' might feel like. The children worked well in groups and tried hard with their first piece of performing for the term! 

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ART/D.T:

We have been busy getting creative during our Art & D.T lessons and we have thoroughly enjoyed it! We have been putting our artist hats on and using different medias to create images of what we think 'dark' would look and feel like. We had the opportunity to experiment using black sugar paper, chalk, oil pastels, pencils and wax crayons. 

 

We have also been having lots of fun becoming architects by designing and building our very own lighthouses! Firstly as a whole class we investigated how other people had made lighthouses, then we shared our ideas on what materials we could use. It was important for us to design and plan our lighthouse so we wrote up a plan before making it, which will help us to evaluate our work. We had an exciting afternoon making our lighthouses and had lots of fun having a messy lesson! 

History/Geography:

In History we have been learning about 'Grace Darling' and how she became a well known heroine. We read a story and watched a short video about her and her brave rescue mission, then used this knowledge to re-order and re-tell the story in our books. Below is a link with more information about Grace Darling:

Science:

We have began to look at living, non-living and never lived and how we can recognise the difference between the three. We discussed how all living things breathe, eat, grow and reproduce. We made a table in our books and put different things into the three categories. There were some tricky things to put in, such as newspaper, fruit and wood! Can you figure out why these were tricky? Which category do you think they belong in? 

Religious Education:

We have been learning about Parables and why Jesus told them. Each week we learn about a different parable and discuss the meaning behind it. We talk about why Jesus chose to tell that particular Parable. Below are some links to the different Parables we have been learning about.

 

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