Otters

 
Teacher: Mrs Emma Orchard
TA's: Mrs Quick, Miss Smallman and Mrs Marsh
 
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! 

 http://www.activelearnprimary.co.uk/

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: ehiggins@bowcps.devon.sch.uk. 

 

Homework
 
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.
LIGHTS, CAMEL, ACTION......
 
Our Christmas play went down a storm with the parents and those who are fans of the famous show on BBC1! We all enjoyed acting like famous people and it really set the scene for Christmas. 
Autumn Term 2016
In Science this half term we have been thinking about materials. We had a competition to build a bridge. We got points for team work, least money spent, how good the bridge looked and how strong it was.
We loved combining our learning of science and maths! 
Take a look at the pictures below...we took it very seriously!
Forest School - March 2017
We had a great time playing in the mud and working in teams to build dens...take a look... 
Spring Term 2017
During the first part of this half term we learnt about plants, here we are planting some beans ready to grow in our very own garden. We have been making bean diaries and following the beans progress during the half term, we enjoyed seeing whose was growing each week! Have a look at the pictures!
Animal Encounter
During our Jungle topic we had some visitors - we had to be really brave but we all enjoyed it - take a look!