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Week Beginning 30th November

I am so proud of Otters class this week - especially during these uncertain times, we keep showing determination and trying our very best! You are an inspiration :) We have had another fun-filled week and learned so much! Take a look at our learning below:

In English this week we have started a new genre of writing - a Non-Chronological Report. We have learned that this means a piece of non-fiction text which gives us true facts and information about a topic. We looked at some examples and decided what the key features were before researching and beginning to write our very own about Barn Owls. Our writing is amazing and we've included some brilliant topic vocabulary like 'habitat, nocturnal, diet, appearance' which shows we are extending our knowledge all the time!


In Maths we've moved onto to topic of Money! We had a quick re-cap on what money was and looked at all of the different coins and notes. We then used this to make different combinations of amounts. We learned that there were lots of different ways to make the same amount and we used our 2, 5 and 10 times table to help us. As well as this we were able to add different amounts of money and compare their value. Great work this week Otters!

In Encompass this week we had an exciting time re-creating the Great Fire of London! We were so excited when Miss Smith set fire to the houses and we observed why it spread so quickly. We learned that the fire spread quickly because the houses were made of wood, it was a dry/windy day and the houses were far too close together. Look at the exciting pictures below:

To end a fantastic week we enjoyed some Golden Time! We had fun with role-play of a Hindu tale 'Rama and Sita' and then created some wonderful artwork of Barn Owls.

Have a lovely weekend - keep safe and I can't wait to see you on Monday! 



Week Beginning 23rd November

What a busy week we've had again Otters! You have worked so hard and we have learned so much! 

In English we have completed our thank you letter to the Black Cat and published our final piece of writing. Myself and Miss Barker are unbelievably impressed with the standard of writing. We included adjectives, conjunctions (when, if, because) and a range of punctuation (?.!). I'm so proud of everyone for their amazing writing this week! Take a look at some photographs below of us helping each other and working hard:

In Maths we moved onto Fractions! We learned a fraction is part of a whole when it is split into equal groups or pieces. We started looking at halves before moving onto quarters and thirds. Miss Procter was impressed with their attitude to learning and as a result, we made lots of progress in the lessons. We particularly enjoyed using the practical resources to show fractions. Look at the photographs below:

In the afternoons we have created art relating to our topic 'The Great Fire of London' We created Tudor houses using black strips and created flames to show the effects of the fire. Take a look below:

We also learned about Samuel Pepys who wrote a diary about the events in 1666 when London set on fire. We completed a fact-file about why he was important and some of us wrote a diary entry from his point of view. Here are some examples of our work:

In Science we've learned about the properties of materials and learned new words such as 'transparent, rigid, flexible and waterproof'. We used these new words to describe different materials and made a list of all the different properties. Look at some examples of our work below:

Well done for a fantastic week Otters! Have a lovely weekend and I'll see you on Monday! 

Week Beginning 16th November

This week we have had a lovely week with lots of fun! We enjoyed learning about Anti-Bullying week and we discuss how to unite as a team to stop it from happening at Waterside. Take a look at some photographs from our learning below:

In English this week we have started a new genre of writing - a letter! We are pretending to be Plop and writing a thank-you letter to the Black Cat for helping him overcome his fear of the darkness. Some of us didn't know what a letter was so we spent a couple of days looking at some examples and finding the features of this type of writing. We then began writing our own introduction which Miss Smith was very impressed with. Some of us used some new vocabulary such as 'wisdom' and 'encouragement'. 

In Maths we have continued to learn about Multiplication but moved our learning onto using this to multiplying by 2, 5 and 10. We used the methods we'd already learned about to answer questions such as   4 x 5    3 x 2   and   5 x 10 using groups of, arrays and counting using our fingers. 

Some of us began to solve problems and answer reasoning questions which will continue to be a focus for the next few weeks. 

In Encompass we've been learning about the Great Fire of London. We learned about what happened and then created our very own timeline of events using our sequencing skills. Some of us completed a quiz all about the famous event and impressed our teachers with our knowledge! Take a look at some of our learning below. 

Science was very interesting this week - we introduced our new topic Useful Everyday Materials. We learned about the 5 most common materials wood, plastic, glass, metal and fabric before thinking of objects made out of them. Look at photographs of the learning below:




Week Beginning 9th November

This week has been a brilliant week of learning once again! We have celebrated Remembrance Day every afternoon and created some wonderful scrapbooks to showcase our learning. The respect and maturity Otters showed was exceptional and we had some great discussions. 

We looked at what Remembrance Day was, discussed what life would've been like, looked at friendship in the war and created some fantastic artwork.

Take a look at the photographs below:


Remembrance Day Activities

This Friday we also supported Children in Need by coming to school in something yellow, spotty or colourful. Thank you for raising lots of money for a well-deserved charity with your donations, we really appreciate it. 

In English this week, we have published our character description of Plop from our story 'The Owl Who Was Afraid Of The Dark' by Jill Tomlinson. First, we looked at what made a good character description and matched the character to the correct text. We enjoyed looking for clues!

In our own writing we used lots of adjectives and looked at how to expand our noun phrases to make them more interesting! Some of us even managed to use a 2A sentence! Well done!

In Maths we have been learning all about Multiplication! We learned that this means 'lots of' or 'equal groups' of. We looked at repeated addition, groups of and even learned about the commutative form (this just means we can swap the numbers and still get the same answer - magic!) We tried SO hard in our lessons and now we can show multiplication in lots of different ways! Take a look at the photographs below:

Well done for a fantastic week Otters! I can't wait to see what next week will bring! Have a fantastic weekend! 

Week Beginning 2nd November 

What a lovely start to Autumn 2 we've had this week! Well done for coming to school with a positive attitude to learning - we've had a great week with lots of fun and learning! 

In English this week we have introduced our new story for this term 'The Owl Who Was Afraid Of The Dark' by Jill Tomlinson. We enjoyed listening to the story and using role play to act out the different parts of the story. We also started using adjectives to describe the main character Plop and some of our sentences were amazing! Such an improvement from last term, well done! 

If you would like to listen to the story click on the link below:

In Maths we've been focusing on measuring length and height using cm and m. We learned how to use a ruler properly and measured different things in the classroom. When we know how to measure, we then compared and ordered different lengths and heights. To do this we used our knowledge of place value and the symbols < > and =. Some of us found this tricky at first but we showed great determination and made lots of progress in the lesson! Don't forget to keep practising your measuring skills at home! 

We really enjoyed Encompass this week! We learned all about what life was like in 1666, over 350 years ago! We learned that life was a lot more difficult and there wasn't any transport like today such as cars, buses or trains. Instead, they used horses and carriages. 

We compared London in the present to London in the past using our prior knowledge of the city. We discovered that the houses were made of wood instead of brick and they weren't as tall as they are today. Take a look at some of our learning below:

In Science we have started a brand new topic 'Everyday Materials'. This week we have completed a KWL grid and a pre-assessment to see what we already know. I was very impressed with Otters' prior knowledge of materials, well done! We discussed what we want to find out during the topic and came up with questions such as 'How is glass made?' 'What is the strongest material?' 'Why is metal so hard?' We can't wait to learn more and hopefully answer some of the questions we had!

Well done for another fantastic week of learning Otters! 


Half Term Homework

Well done to everyone who completed their half term homework and created a house from the time of the Great Fire of London. I am so impressed with the quality of the work and the time spent is appreciated! Please see some photographs of your homework below:

Week Beginning 19th October

I can't believe we've already reached Week 8 and we're on the last week before Half Term! You have all done amazingly well and I'm so proud of you all for showing so much determination during the past 8 weeks! Well done!

Due to it being the last week, we have spent the week completing assessments to show how much we've learned over the term. Miss Smith has been SO impressed with our efforts, we've all tried so hard and have made lots of improvements since the beginning of the year. In English we published our re-tell of Little Red Riding Hood and some of us have written 4 pages! We included so much in our writing including openers, adjectives and adverbs to make our writing interesting. Well done to Viha, Noah, Georgia and Mavy, I have put some photographs of your learning below:


In Maths, we've also been showcasing our learning by completing our end of term assessments. We all managed to improve our scores which is brilliant! We now need to remember to use the methods we've learned in these assessments (number lines etc.)

We started the week learning about subtracting multiples of 10 and 1s from a 2 digit number- look at the methods we used below: 


In Encompass, we had a letter from Paddington Bear! He wanted to visit London so we had to use our knowledge of the city to tell him where it was, where to visit and how to travel around. The past few weeks of learning came in handy because we were able to tell him lots of facts about London, showing we've learned lots! 

Science was another success this week as we completed the baseline assessment again and every single person gained marks - showing we have understand what was taught this term. Our teachers were so proud and we all had lots of smiles looking at how we'd improved! 

Well done for such an amazing start to Year 2 Otter Class - I hope you have a fantastic break! There is some holiday homework on the link below to keep you busy over the break! See you in November! 


Week Beginning 12th October

Well done Otters for another great week of learning - we had lots of fun and laughter as always.

In English we continued writing our re-tell of Little Red Riding Hood - we looked at dialogue in the story which we now know is a conversation and acted this out to show how each character was feeling. We wrote the middle and end to our re-tell using a range of skills we've learned over the half term including adjectives, adverbs and a range of openers. Most of us are using these naturally in our writing now which is great! Keep up the great work in English Otters! 


In Maths we have moved onto addition in a number of different ways. Some of us have been using counters and hundred squares whilst others moved onto using a number-line. We added multiples of 10 to a 2 digit number before moving onto adding 1 digit numbers. We worked hard to make progress in this lesson and Miss Smith is very proud of the determination shown - well done! 


Encompass this week has been really interesting as we have learned all about a new city called Banjul which is the capital city of Gambia in Africa. We completed a reading task to learn all about the city and then compared it to what we know about London. We learned that London has a bigger population and isn't on the coast, whereas Banjul is on the coast of its country and is very hot most of the time. Take a look at our venn diagram which we used to help us organise the facts.

Science was so fun this week! We were taught by Miss Procter who is a new student teacher in our class. We learned all about carnivores, omnivores and herbivores and linked this to making our very own food chain. We now know that all food chains must start with a producer (a plant), then a consumer (prey) and a predator. 

Well done for a fantastic week of learning - we can't wait for next week!

Hello Yellow!

On Friday 9th October, we celebrated Mental Health Day by wearing yellow and thinking about how to keep our minds healthy. We created our very own superheroes which will help us become more resilient. Take a look at some examples below:


Week Beginning 2nd October 

We have had another amazing week of learning! We are trying so hard to have a positive attitude and try out very best in all lessons - keep it up!

In English, we have published our setting descriptions which were fantastic - we included adjectives, adverbs and described using all of our senses. We then moved onto our new genre, a re-tell of Little Red Riding Hood. We carried out lots of drama which we absolutely loved. After completing our roleplay, we came up with some actions to remember the events and created a story map to help us. Towards the end of the week we have written the beginning of the story using openers and the conjunctions 'and' and 'because' Well done on working so hard in English this week! 


Maths this week has been very challenging but we showed great determination. We moved onto adding and subtracting 1 digit and 2 digit numbers from a 2 digit number using our knowledge of place value and counters. Some of us managed to move onto problem solving which was very impressive - well done! 

We are all secure in what addition and subtraction is and understand that addition ends with the biggest number while in subtraction, we begin with the bigger number. This helped us to understand how they link and we managed to find fact families using this knowledge. Take a look at some examples below:


In Encompass this week we have looked at ways of travelling around London. We learned all about the 3 main types of transport and then compared these to Stoke-on-Trent. We learned about the double decker bus, black cabs and the London Underground. We learned that the quickest way to travel was by the Underground because the train avoided all of the busy roads. Some of us then discussed how this is different to where we live. 

Science was very interesting this week - we learned all about 'adaptations' and discussed why certain animals lived in their habitat. We looked at an animal from each of the main habitats and looked at how their bodies are suited to this. We then challenged ourselves by thinking about how different living things depend on each other to stay alive. 


Week Beginning 28th September 

This week we have really impressed Miss Smith and Miss Barker with our attitude to learning. We are beginning to show determination and become more independent each day. Well done to all of you Otters! 

In English we have continued writing our Setting Description, using all of our skills from previous weeks. We have used adverbs, adjectives and openers to make our writing interesting and exciting, which has really improved our descriptions. We need to remember to include basic punctuation like capital letters and full stops as this will make sure we are secure in the Year 1 skills before moving onto Year 2. 


In Maths we have used our knowledge of place value to add and subtract 2-digit numbers up to 20 using concrete materials. We then moved our learning onto mental addition and subtraction, looking at what happens when a number is added or subtracted. Towards the end of the week we learned all about the 'Inverse' and looked at number families from a given number sentence. 


In Encompass we've learned all about the Royal Family. We enjoyed learning about the British Monarchy - looking at the heir to the throne. We learned all about the different members and discussed why the Royal Family is important to England. This links to our British Values. 

In Science we've moved our learning onto World Habitats and looked at the 4 main ones in the world (Desert, Arctic, Rainforest and the Ocean). We learned about their conditions and thought about which animals would be best suited to live there. 

Well done for another brilliant week of learning - I can't wait to see the work you produce next week! 

Week Beginning 21st September 

Well done for another amazing week of learning Otters! We have made so much progress and we're improving our pace every day! 

In English this week we have moved onto another genre of writing using our description skills from last week. We are aiming to write a Setting Description of the woodland. The main setting from our story 'Little Red Riding Hood'. We watched a video of the setting thinking about our senses - what we could see, hear, feel or smell. After mind-mapping our ideas, we then thought of adjectives to describe them and learned all about verbs and adverbs to make our writing more interesting. 

In Maths, we've been focusing on ordering 2-digit numbers looking at their value. We ordered our height and dienes before ordering numbers. We then moved our learning onto number-lines and made our very own huge number-line in the classroom to help us visualise the steps. We applied this so well to number-lines in our books and Miss Smith was very proud! 

This week in Science we've moved our learning onto local habitats - discussing what a habitat is and thinking about the 4 main ones in Britain (Urban, Coastal, Pond and Woodland) We looked at what the environments were like and then predicted which animals might live there.

In Encompass, we've been continuing learning about London and why is it so special. We completed our first carousel of activities, using the Buckingham Palace roleplay and learning all about the famous landmarks. We learned about Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, Tower of London and the London Eye. We created our own fact-file and learned lots about the city.  

This week's value was Respect - we created our own 'Respect Garden' thinking about how respect is grown. We will continue displaying this value - remembering to show respect at home and at school. Well done on another fantastic week Otters!


Week Beginning 14th September

Well this week has been even busier than last week! We have worked so hard as always and tried our very best. We're very proud of our learning this week!

In English, we continued to describe the Big, Bad Wolf and some of the descriptions were amazing! We included adjectives to describe even though we weren't sure what they were last week! Amazing progress, well done! We published our first piece of writing which Miss Smith is very proud of - we used lots of new language such as 'beady' 'mysterious' 'cunning' and 'tangled' which made our writing even better!


In Maths we've continued to look at our Place Value and started to compare number using our crocodile arms (< > and =). We loved comparing using dienes and even compared each-other's height using the Greater Than and Less Than symbols. 

In Encompass we've learned about why London is a special city. We learned its the Capital City of the UK and is home to some very important people like the Royal Family and the Government. 

Science was very interesting this week - we learned about things that are living or non-living and some of us even discussed things that used to be alive such as wooden pencils or a bunch of flowers! 

It has been a wonderful week and we can't wait for next week's learning! Well done Otters for all of your hard work! 

Week Beginning 7th September 

What a busy first week back we've had! Well done to everyone in Otter's class for your determination and resilience on your first week back to school! I am so proud! :)

We began the week with our story for this term 'Little Red Riding Hood' which links to our 'Traditional Tales' topic. We had lots of fun reading the story and acting out different parts - we loved pretending to be the big, bad wolf. Some of you were very scary! 

In Maths we have been recapping our knowledge on place value looking at how to show numbers using dienes and counting all the way to 100! Forwards AND backwards! Well done to you all!

In the afternoons, we've made a start on our Science and Encompass topics - Living Things and Their Habitats and London. We talked about what we already know and what we'd like to know this term. Some of the questions were brilliant such as 'What is the most famous London landmark?' and 'Why do some animals eat meat?' We can't wait to start out learning!

It has been lovely getting to know you all and I can't wait to see what exciting things this year brings! Keep up the hard work Otters!





W/B 7th September