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Welcome to Otters

Welcome to Otters class page 2021-2022:

We hope you enjoy looking through all the exciting things that Otters class have been up to this year and everything we are still yet to explore.  

You'll see that we have been accessing a range of themes and lessons to enable us to learn lots, have diverse opportunities and build valuable relationships with everybody at Rowan Park. 

Our lessons include; Numeracy, Literacy, Phonics, Cookery, PSHE, Art, PE, Music and Theme (Science, Geography, History). We engage in a mix of practical, hands-on sensory activities and focused individual tasks. 

 

The Otters class team:

Class teacher- Emily 

Teaching Assistants- Sarah and Sharn 

 

General Information:

 

Dojo

We use dojo to ensure that there is a good link between home and school life, and so that parents and teachers are able to work collaboratively. This is really beneficial to parents as we are able to share messages throughout the school day. If there is anything you wish to be informed about or if you have any questions or concerns then please message the class teacher. 

 

Individual Education Plans (IEPs)

These set out the priority educational targets that your child is working on for the term. IEPs are updated each term and sent home. If there is anything in particular that you would like us to be working on please just let us know.

 

Reading Books

All children and young people are encouraged to engage in reading and develop a love of reading and listening to stories and non-fiction books. We have a wide range of reading books, sensory books and big books to support the learning style and levels for each child. Each child will read or be read to every morning, this will be a book that is in line with their IEP targets. 

 

Class Funds

We kindly request that you send in £10 per half term or £2 per week. This contributes to any weekly resources, snacks in class and cookery ingredients. This may be sent in termly, or weekly. Thank you.

Autumn 1

Changes and Transformations 

This half term is all about changes and transformations. We will be looking at life cycles of a butterfly and how humans grow and change as we get older. We will be looking at how we manage and prepare for changes in our own lives and how we transition to different areas around the school. Lastly in Science and Cookery we will be exploring reversible and non-reversible changes. 

 

Literacy

In Literacy the book we will cover is 'The very hungry caterpillar'. We will be doing lots of fun activities around the story and using this to support our learning around other changes and transformations. Sensory props, food, songs and puppets will be used to encourage the children to engage with the stories. 

 

Maths

This half term we will focus some of our time on 'Number'. We will be looking at adding, subtracting, grouping and even multiplication. We will also be focusing our time on our individual maths boxes as always to consolidate our learning.  

 

Theme

Our topic lessons will be around different changes and transformations. We will look at our changes within food, lifecycles and around the school. We will also look at food changes within our cookery lessons and see if we can reverse the changes we make. 

 

PE

P.E. sessions take place each Wednesday morning for Otters class. Please ensure a full PE kit is brought to school and that items are clearly labelled to avoid confusion. Swimming sessions will begin next half term during this PE slot. 

This half term in PE we will be practicing our throwing and catching skills, along with our kicking skills.

 

Cookery

We do cookery every Thursday morning, please let us know if your child has any food allergies. 

Autumn 2:

Frozen Kingdoms:

This half term we will be learning about Antarctica and the Arctic. We will be engaging with arctic animals, cold climates and how we can take care of our planet. We will seeing what happens when we freeze and melt things and reading the story 'The lion the witch and the wardrobe'. 

Literacy

In Literacy the book we will be reading is 'The lion the witch and the wardrobe'. Pupils will engage with the story through sensory trays, dressing up as the characters, tasting foods and literacy work. We will also be reading some lovely Christmas stories and completing some fun activities. 

 

Maths

This half term we will focus some of our time on looking at 'Measurement' . We will look at height, weight, length and capacity. We will also be focusing our time on our individual maths boxes as always to consolidate our learning.  

 

Theme

Our topic lessons will be around frozen places like Antarctica and the Arctic. We will be looking at what it would be like to live in these places and what sort of animals we might come across. We will also be freezing and melting lots of different things. 

 

PE

P.E. sessions take place each Wednesday Morning for Otters class. Please ensure a full PE kit is brought to school and that items are clearly labelled to avoid confusion. Swimming sessions will take place this term in place of PE on a Wednesday morning. 

 

Cookery

We do cookery every Thursday morning, please let us know if your child has any food allergies. 

 

Spring 1:

My Body

This half term we will be learning all about the body. We will be learning about all the different body parts, thinking about how we grow and looking at 'Inside Out' emotions. We will be reading the stories 'Funny bones' and 'Handa's surprise' to support the topic. 

 

Literacy

In Literacy the books we will cover this half will be 'Funny Bones' and 'Handa's surprise'. Sensory props, food, songs and matching activities will be used to encourage the children to engage with the stories. We will be singing 'Head shoulders knees and toes' lots and we will be exploring adjectives throughout the stories. 

 

Maths

This half term we will be looking at 'shape'. We will explore 2D and 3D shapes through a shape hunt, feeling different objects and through songs. We will also be focusing our time on our individual maths boxes as always to consolidate our learning.  

 

Theme

During our topic lessons we will be looking at our bodies. We will be thinking about our body parts, or senses and our emotions through the film 'Inside Out'. We will be exploring this through drawing, play dough and games like 'Mr Potato head'. 

 

PE

P.E. sessions take place each Wednesday Morning for Otters class. Please ensure a full PE kit is brought to school and that items are clearly labelled to avoid confusion. Swimming sessions will take place on a Wednesday Morning next half term in place of PE. 

This half-term we are practicing our mindfulness and yoga balancing skills. 

 

Cookery

We do cookery every Thursday morning, please let us know if your child has any food allergies. 

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