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Week beginning 19th July 2021

It's time to bid a fond farewell to Otter Class.  It's been a funny old year, thanks to the pandemic, but also a fantastic year in Otter Class - full of incredible achievements that the children should feel really proud of!  Thank you for all your kind words and well wishes. I'm sure we can all take away some very happy memories of this year in Otter Class.

We had a lovely time down at the Explorers' area on Monday.  We were making traditional Fenland Wise Woman's cures and remedies.  A long time ago, in the Fens, they did not have doctors so they would visit the local Wise Woman to get cures for illnesses.  Some of the remedies were very unusual!!

Week beginning 12th July 2021

What a fantastic day we had at Wicken Fen!

Week beginning 28th June 2021

In Design Technology, we have been looking at kites.  We had a go at working in small groups to make a kite, following a set of instructions.  The best bit was taking them out for a test flight! 

In Maths, we have been looking at angles and recognising angles as a measure of turn. Using a patterned tile, we had to practise making quarter, half and three-quarter turns in both clockwise and anti-clockwise directions.  We also had a go at spotting right angles in various shapes.

Week beginning 21st June 2021

In Maths this week, we have been learning about measuring mass.  To start with, we used the balance scales and had a go at comparing the masses of different objects after predicting which we thought would be heavier.

On Tuesday Otter Class went on a village walk as part of our current, local history topic.  We were 'History Detectives', looking out for any clues to the past.  We spotted lots of ways that buildings have changed over time and worked out what some of the buildings in the village have been used as in the past. 

Week beginning 14th June 2021

In Science, our topic this half term is Plants!  We have talked about the functions of the roots, stem, leaves and flowers of a plant.  This week, we focused on the stem and how it transports water and nutrients from the roots to the rest of the plant.  We left some flowers and celery in coloured water to see what happens!  We also had to sow some cress seeds, ready for our investigation next week to look at what plants need to live and grow.  

Week beginning 7th June 2021

We have started this half term with a new topic of local history. We were very excited to have a mystery box in the classroom! The box contained some artefacts on loan from Ely Museum and we had great fun examining them and trying to work out what they were.   We ended the afternoon with an old traditional song about scaring the birds, it was VERY noisy!

Week beginning 24th May 2021

This week we had to work in teams to complete a challenge.  We had 30 straws, half a meter of tape, scissors, a cardboard base and 1 marble.  We had to work together to construct something that would hold the marble above the ground and the winning team would be the team that could hold the marble the highest.  We had 45 minutes to complete the challenge.  It was great fun and we learnt; how to plan, communicate, overcome failure and persist!! 

We also thoroughly enjoyed this week's Science lesson in which we got to dissect owl pellets.  We found so many bones!  Using a bone identification chart, we were able to work out what the barn owls had eaten.

Week beginning 17th May 2021

In French, we had great fun sorting the washing!  The washing was nouns in French and we had to put them in the correct basket.  It showed we have learnt lots of new words!

In English, we have been researching Georges Méliès in preparation for writing his biography later this week.  In Maths, we are continuing our 'time' topic.

Week beginning 10th May 2021

We have some lovely break times in Otter Class.  We thought you might like to see some of the fun we have playing football, skipping, bowling, digging, hanging out with our friends and challenging ourselves on the play equipment!

Week beginning 3rd May 2021

In Science, we have been learning about skeletons.  We have compared animals with exoskeletons, those with endoskeletons and those with a hydrostatic skeleton.  This week, we had a go at drawing the skeletons of various animals, which required us to look very closely!

In Maths, it's been fractions, fractions and more fractions this week!  We have been getting our heads round equivalent fractions, comparing fractions and ordering them. smiley

Week beginning 26th April 2021

This week in Geography, we have been exploring Paris using Google Maps to see all the main tourist destinations and famous landmarks.  It was very exciting and almost felt like a city mini-break!

Week beginning 19th April 2021

What a lovely way to start the week!  We really enjoyed working on our racket skills in the sunshine. 

In Geography, we had to hunt around the classroom for 16 facts about Paris.  We had great fun finding the information in unusual places.  We had a quiz at the end of the lesson and we all knew a lot more about Paris by the end of the afternoon.

Week beginning 12th April 2021

At the end of last term, we finished our 3D recreations of Hokusai's 'The Great Wave'.  We were very pleased with them.

During our Guided Reading sessions, we enjoy a carousel of activities which include reading in a group with the teacher, reading a book of our choice, answering questions about a short text and listening to a story CD.

Week beginning 22nd March 2021
We have been exploring the properties of different rocks as part of our Science.  We tested rocks for their permeability, durability and density.
In Maths this week we have been working with a partner to explore 'equal' and 'unequal' in various ways.
Week beginning 15th March 2021
In Geography, we have been learning about volcanoes. earthquakes and tsunamis.  This week, we created our own mini-coastlines, complete with model houses, and then watched them get washed away by our very own mini-tsunamis. 
We also had great fun on Tuesday taking a closer look at soil. We did lots of digging and found over 30 earthworms!! We all had a look at the frogspawn in the pond too.