Teacher: Mr Daniel Bashford
TA: Miss Smallman

Hello Otters' class and your families. Today we are pleased to tell you that we now have a brand new Otters email address:  

This means you can now share the work you are doing at home with me or message me with any questions you might have. You can send photos of the work but you do not need to send everything! Perjhaps select a few pieces of your favourite work to share from the day - but please do not feel any presure to share daily unless you want to. 

I will respond to ypour messages and work as soon as I can. I will also make pwerpoints to share on the learning platform of your work so others can see it as well.

Please make sure that you only write your first name on your work, and if there are other children in your photos can I ask you do not share these please.

It would be great for every child to read with a sibling or adult every night.  The reading can be their reading book, a chapter book you are enjoying together or even reading stories from a tablet or kindle.  Whilst reading it is fantastic if children could be questioned about what is happening in the story, what they think is going to happen and why they think these things.  We will continue reading with children everyday at school but the more they are exposed to new words and vocabulary the more progress children will make.  Thank you!
Phonics Screening 
Year 1 will be sitting their phonics screening during the week beginning the 10th of June. This will test how well the children can decode a range of words by sounding them out and blending the sounds back together again. It is therefore really important that the children know all of their sounds in preparation for sitting the phonics screening. 
Children will need to read 40 words from a colourful booklet which will be completed on a one to one basis with Miss Williams. 
Spring Term
Our topic for this term is all about the 'Great Fire of London'.  We will be exploring the timeline of the fire, fire fighting techniques then and now, how people lived in 1666 and answering the question could the great fire of London been prevented?
We will also be exploring traditional tales up to half term.  We have an exciting theatre workshop provided by the Multi Story Theatre Company on 21st January.  
PE Kit and Wellies!!
Please can you ensure your child has a named PE kit in school on Wednesday and Friday, to ensure they can get the very most our of their PE sessions.
This term, we are planning on spending more time outside using the fantastic surrounding environment at the school to enhance the children's learning.  If possible could children come with suitable outdoor footwear such as wellies, old trainers or boots and warm clothing. Thank you!

A normal day in the life of an Otter!

Our day usually starts with activities out on our tables in the morning, linked to the children’s current learning, followed by Wake and Shake, Maths, Phonics then English. 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 relating to the current topic to ensure that the children's learning is contextualised, thus making learning meaningful and memorable. 


Our afternoons currently generally consist of:

Monday: Topic 

Tuesday: RE  with Mrs Jones

Wednesday: Science/PE

Thursday: Art/Topic with Mrs Jones

Friday: Geography/PE


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.


Homework in Otters' class will cover a range of learning including writing, maths, reading and creative activities linked to topic themes.  Homework will be based around an outcome, rather than specific individual tasks, to make sure everyone can have a go at different activities revolving around the topic we are covering.