Teacher: Mr Daniel Bashford
TA: Mrs Sweetland Mon-Tues, Miss Loader Wed-Fri.
PPA cover on Thursdays: Mrs Jones

Hello Otters' class and your families. If you want to speak to myself you can through or through your child's contact book.

I will respond to your messages and work as soon as I can. 


Your child will come home with two books, one will be targeted at the phonic stage and in class learning they are currently at and the other will be a book to improve their comprehension, fluency and enjoyment of reading (this book may be of a higher or lower band than their other book).
It would be great for every child to read with a sibling or adult every night and be recorded in the reading diary.  
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!
Spring Term
This term Otters theme is the Great Fire of London. Children will experience this through a wide range of mediums including class texts, design and technology, art, music and history.
Below you can find the Spring term overview and Otters' classes virtual library. The virtual library is collection of audiobooks that are accessed by clicking on the books. This takes you youtube where the story will begin. Some have been spilt into chapters so all you have to do is click on the next chapter on watch next.
PE Kit and Wellies!!
Please can you ensure your child comes to school in appropriate PE kit 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, Phonics Guide reading, English and Maths. During the afternoon the children will have time for mindfulness 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: PSHE

Tuesday: Geography

Wednesday: Topic/PE

Thursday: Art with Mrs Jones

Friday: RE/PE



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. 
Phonics Screening 
Phonics screening will be taking place for Year 2 pupils after the October half term. Year 1 will have phonics screening in the summer at the moment, if anything changes I will communicate with this.