Otters

 
Teacher: Miss Alice Williams
TA's: Mrs Quick & Miss Smallman
SATs
 
Year 2 children will be sitting the KS1 SATs tests in both reading and maths during the week commencing the 20th May. We have had lots of practise and everyone knows what to expect when we sit down to have a go at the papers. In Otters' Class, we will be sitting the papers in small groups with an adult. The children have all been working so hard, and I am sure the SATs will show off all of their fantastic achievements so far in their education.
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. 
Summer Term
 
Our topic for this term is based around 'food and farming'. We will be looking at farming and different foods both across the world, and throughout history. 
PE Kit and Wellies!!
 
Please can you ensure your child has a named PE kit in school, especially on a Friday, to ensure they can get the very most our of their PE sessions.
 
If possible, please could you send your child in with Wellies/old shoes and a coat on Thursdays so that can fully participate in our Outdoor Learning sessions. This is particularly important during the winter months, as our field can get quite muddy. 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 and Music with Mrs Camp

Wednesday: Topic/art

Thursday: Topic/Outdoor learning

Friday: PE/Geography

 

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: awilliams@bowcps.devon.sch.uk. 

 

Homework
 
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.