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Week beginning 23rd November 2020
In Science, we have been learning about magnetism.  Last week, we had a lot of fun exploring the properties of magnets.  We learnt that magnets have a north pole and a south pole; if you bring a north pole and a south pole together, they attract and the magnets stick together, whereas if you bring two north poles or two south poles together, they repel and the magnets push each other away.  This week, we carried out an investigation to find out which materials are magnetic and which are not.  We were quite surprised to find that not all metals are magnetic.  Here are some photos from the last two weeks of Science.
In Geography, we have continued our journey along the Nile and we have learned about the Aswan High Dam.  We had to search the classroom for facts about the dam and then decide if they were a positive or negative effect of building the dam.  We then had a class vote to decide on our final decision. 
Week beginning 16th November 2020
We started this week with our pyjama day!  Otter Class have worked together to fill our pebble jar and this was the reward.  
Here's some more of our Autumnal artwork!
Week beginning 9th November 2020
In English we have been using a fantastic storybook, 'The Egyptian Cinderella' by Shirley Climo, to develop our vocabulary, writing skills, drama and even debating skills! One of our activities this week was to consider statements about the ending of the story and decide whether they were for or against the argument that the ending was happy - it made for a very lively debate! 

 

We began our Autumn Art by sketching leaves. We used different sketching pencils to show our shading techniques.
Week beginning 2nd November 2020
What a busy week we have had! We started a new topic in Science - Forces and Magnets.  This week we explored forces using toy cars!  We learnt that forces make objects move, speed up, slow down, change direction or stop.  We also compared how the cars moved on different surfaces.  
Here are some highlights from our PE lesson this week.  We are working on ball-handling skills.
Week beginning 19th October 2020
We had a wonderful time in the Explorers' Area this week: making dens, investigating the wildlife, creating mud faces, singing and making tortilla pizzas on the fire!
Week beginning 12th October 2020
This week we have been learning about daily life in Ancient Egypt and we discovered that they ate a lot of bread! We decided to try out a recipe for Egyptian bread.  Here we are making, tasting and evaluating our efforts.
Here is the recipe we used if you want to try it at home.
We also found out that the ancient Egyptians liked playing board games.  We had great fun playing one of them - Mehen (which was named after the ancient Egyptian snake-god).  For this game you need the Mehen board, which is a coiled snake divided into squares, marbles and lions playing pieces and also throwing sticks, which were used instead of a dice. 
Week beginning 5th October 2020
Our challenge this week was to follow a set of instructions to mummify a tomato! We had to read each stage carefully and work with our partner.  We did a great job but we need to leave them for two weeks to see if we have mummified them successfully!
We have had a very active week in Otter Class, improving our fitness.  In PE we made a circuit of activities to work on with our partner.  We worked very hard but we really enjoyed ourselves too!
Week beginning 28th September 2020

In Science our topic is ‘Light’. We had great fun exploring shadows in the playground a couple of weeks ago, when the sun was shining!  This week, we were investigating what happens to the size of a shadow as the distance between the light source and the object changes.

In Art we have added our Egyptian artwork to the papyrus paper we made.

We are already thinking about Christmas in Otter Class! We have been following instructions to make our cards.  They are coming home this week and you can order packs using the order form.  
Week beginning 21st September 2020
Have a look at our very own Otter Class jigsaw puzzle.  Just like us, all of the pieces are different - each one being unique and special - but they all fit together brilliantly! smiley

This week in maths we have been exploring place value with our learning partners. We used counters to represent different values to make numbers. We also made a gigantic class number line using a washing line and pegging up the numbers in the right places.

Week beginning 14th September 2020
We have had another great week in Otter Class! In our first French lessons we have learnt how to introduce ourselves and say hello and goodbye.  We had great fun playing a game to practise this.
In our Art lesson, we have been making 'papyrus' using strips of brown paper.  We are going to paint on Egyptian artwork next week.

Week beginning 7th September 2020

 

It’s been a fantastic first week in Otter Class.  The children have thoroughly enjoyed being back in school and have settled into their new class brilliantly. Well done Otter Class!

 

We launched our first topic of ‘Everything Egyptian’ and shared facts about the ancient Egyptians.  We have also been busy learning new routines, thinking about class rules and working together collaboratively to help us feel safe and happy in school.

 

Here we are painting our own special rocks.  We will use these rocks to select a ‘Rock Star of the Day’ who will then have various jobs and responsibilities in the classroom for that day.

We have also enjoyed being able to do our 5-a-day classroom workouts again!
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