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Class Information -  Barn Owls, Jays and Merlins  

Otter Team Staff

Miss Taylor - Class Teacher 

Mrs Watts - Class Teacher

Miss Roe - Class Teacher

Mrs Latham – Teaching Assistant

Mrs Tyrell – Higher Level Teaching Assistant

Mrs Ford – Teaching Assistant

Miss Peek - Teaching Assistant 


Information for Parents - Spring 2019

Inventions and Discoveries 

This term we will be using our research skills to investigate inventions and discoveries. The children will be encouraged to select an area of interest and find suitable sources of information to research their chosen theme. They will learn about the origin of the invention and how it fits in with what was happening in the world at that time. Children will place key events and discoveries on a timeline. As a product of their research, they will present their information creatively for display. To support this learning we are currently planning a trip, the details of which will be shared soon.


This term in Otter for literacy we will be using 'Talk for Writing' to focus on the fiction and non fiction aspects of writing. To start the term off, we are continuing with a Rags to Riches story based on the traditional tale 'Cinderella'. Our focus is to describe a setting using a variety of prepositions. 


In Mathematics we will begin by focusing on multiplicative reasoning and division. Children will be learning to represent their calculations with arrays in the first instance before moving on to mental and written methods. There will be a focus on partitioning and using known facts when multiplying larger numbers. 

Building Learning Powers

This term we will continue to use the Building Learning Powers vocabulary to help the children talk about their learning in line with the school Behaviour Policy. Children will be rewarded with pletny of house points, R star awards and Golden Pupil certificates if they show these learning behaviours exceptionally well.

PE kits will need to be in school all week. Please ensure that children have suitable clothing and footwear for all weathers. All PE kit and uniform should be clearly labelled to avoid any items going astray.

In KS2, fruit is no longer provided so if your child would like a snack at breaktime, we ask that they bring in fruit or vegetables from home. Children may have water in their bottles and are given time to drink these regularly throughout the day. At lunchtime, they are provided with a drink at their tables.

If you have any questions about school or your child has any problems then please do not hesitate to come and see us or make an appointment to see Mrs Stevens through Parent Link. Likewise, we will contact you if we think it is necessary.

Home - School Learning


It is expected that children will bring home their Accelerated Reader book from school and read it on a daily basis. At school, they will then take a quiz on their book, so it would be beneficial to your child if you could ask them questions about what they have read in order to support their understanding of the book. You have also been given the option to access your child's Accelerated Reader account should you wish to track their reading at home.


Children take part in Rainbow Maths to increase their fluency of number facts. In order to progress through the objectives, children will need to answer their 12 questions in a 36 second time frame. Practising these skills at home on a daily basis would be highly beneficial. Children also have access to the Times Tables Rockstars; this is an enjoyable game with quick fire questions to help with the fluency of multiplication facts.


As with maths, children progress through Rainbow Spellings. They need to be practising these at home (5 words or so a week) ready for testing. If you or your child feel they need new words, please let us know. If children are on green level or above, they will also be sent home age related spellings on Fridays and will be tested the following Friday.

Topic Learning

Children have been given a list of home learning topic work that they may wish to complete. These activities are intended to provide the opportunity for you and your child to learn together and extend knowledge in the topic area. There will be no ‘written’ feedback on this optional learning. However, we would love for the children to bring in their learning and share it with the class. The children’s learning will be rewarded with lots of praise and house points! We really want the children to feel proud of their learning achieved outside the classroom and we love putting exceptional pieces on display!