Teacher: Mrs Emma Orchard
TA's: Mrs Quick, Miss Smallman, Mrs Marsh and Mrs Hulland
Spring 2017
Welcome back to you all after the Christmas break. We are keen to get learning in Otters' class and this term our main topics will be 'Superheroes' and 'Fire Fire', the topic overview for the term can be found below. 
We are pleased to welcome back Mr Tanner, our Exeter University PGCE student who will be with us until the end of the Spring Term and we also prepare to wish Miss Smallman well on her way. She will be leaving at the end of the first half term to take a well earned rest before the arrival of her first baby. We are all very excited for her! 
We have a busy term planned and cannot wait to see the outcomes. Keep your eyes peeled on this page for new photos and updates from the class! 
Mrs Orchard  
Autumn 2017
Welcome to Otters' Class. A new school year sees many changes and as such, I welcome back the children who become year 2 pupils and also the new year 1 pupils whom I am very much looking forward to working with this year. We also welcome Mrs Marsh into our class. 
This term we have two jam packed topics, 'castles' followed by 'brilliant bodies'. Curriculum Overviews can be found on this page and explain how we will teach the curriculum this year. 
Here's to an 'otterly' amazing year! 
Mrs Emma Orchard

A normal day in the life of an Otter!

 Our day usually starts with a short ‘coming in’ task in the morning, linked to the children’s current learning, followed by phonics, English and Maths. During the afternoon the children will have a guided reading session and then move onto other areas of the curriculum such as science, geography, RE, PE, ICT and art etc. We try where possible to link our learning to the current topic and to ensure that the children's learning is contextualised and relates to their lives, thus making learning meaningful and memorable. 

Homework can be located under the homework heading. You can access the active learn platform by double clicking on the link below - there is already new activities for your children to try!

We continue to have open mornings on a by-weekly basis and I am available to discuss any queries you may have during these sessions, alternatively I can be contacted by email at: 


Homework is weekly in Otters' class and will cover a range of learning including writing, maths, reading and creative activities linked to topic themes.  Homework will be sent home on a Friday evening and should be returned by Wednesday the following week. The children can earn a sticker for each piece of work they complete and these can be be transferred into 'smilies' as per our school reward system. 
I also send home key words, on a weekly basis to help your children with their spellings and children are expected to read at home with their parents on a regular basis.
Welcome to Buginham Palace!
We made Bug Castles! Look at all the amazing things we found around our school to make houses for our bugs. We researched what we would need using the internet before we went out and got collecting and building. Take a look at the pictures below: 
Autumn Term 2017
For our topic this half term we have been learning about castles. Look at the amazing castles we have built. We worked hard to be good team members and enjoyed using lots of different types of building blocks to create Motte and Bailey Castles. 
Autumn Term 2017
During the first part of this half term we learnt about castles and we went to visit Powderham Castle. We dressed as Victorians for the day and worked as cooks and cleaners around the Castle. We even met Lady Devon herself. 
Forest School - March 2017
We had a great time playing in the mud and working in teams to build dens...take a look... 
Animal Encounter
During our Jungle topic we had some visitors - we had to be really brave but we all enjoyed it - take a look!