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Otters Term 1 Class Update

19 October 2018
Otters Term 1 Class Update

What a lovely start to a school year! The children have settled into their new class, and some new friendships have been made. In the first week of term, we discussed our rights and responsibilities as part of Otter Class and as members of the Haydon Wick team. We decided that to be able to learn and have fun, we should respect each other and help each other to feel safe. As a whole school, we understand the importance of ‘Rights and Respecting’ and each class has created a class charter – ours is based on superheroes. We talked about our superpowers and we each came up with a superhero logo for our behaviour chart.

Our topic this term has been ‘What a Wonderful World’ and at the beginning of the term, the children were actively involved in planning activities to support their learning. We drew mind maps to find out what we already know and came up with a list of activities and questions which we would like to answer before the end of the topic.

During the term, we have found out about the food chains, adaptation and habitats and we have discussed some of the dangers animals face when their habitats are destroyed. As part of our topic, we went on an invertebrate hunt in the school grounds.

Other activities have included: creating pastel pictures to depict camouflage, and drawing some of the most incredible landscapes our world has to offer. On European day of languages, we found out about Poland and we made beautiful symmetrical pictures of flowers based on Polish Wycinanki.

Everyone enjoyed our visit to Cotswold Wildlife Park. What a fantastic day it was! One of the park rangers gave us a talk about habitats and adaptation and it gave the children a chance to demonstrate what they had already learnt – it seems like we have some budding David Attenboroughs amongst us.

In English, we have made our own books by writing the story of Flotsam. We enjoyed sharing our books with our partner readers from Honey Bees class. After watching the video of ‘Rang-Tan’, we wrote letters to Theresa May to persuade her to reduce the amount of Palm oil sold in the UK. We also learnt ‘The Jabberwocky’ which we performed in an assembly on National Poetry Day.

We are enjoying the book ‘Wilderness War’ in Guided Reading and hopefully we will have time to finish it before the end of next term.

In PE, with the help of Premier Sports, we have been learning how to play net / wall games. The children have really enjoyed the competitive nature of the games.

During the term, we also took part in World Mental Health Day where we discussed what makes us happy and what aggravates us. We were also treated to a performance of Charlotte’s Web.

We finished the term with an open evening to celebrate the fabulous homework the children have produced. It was lovely to see so many parents and we were all impressed with the standard of the projects.

Well done for a fabulous term – the next one should be amazing and incredibly busy as we make our way towards Christmas.

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