Otter Class

Our first week back in Otter

This week we welcomed our new Reception children. We had lots of fun playing together and making new friends.

The Year 1 children explored the forest area and made dens!


Oi Frog wb 29th June 2020

This week we have been learning all about the book ‘Oi Frog’. Here are some photos of our learning.

Supertato wb 22nd June 2020

This week we have been learning all about the book ‘Supertato’ by Sue Hendra and Paul Linnet. Here are some photos of our learning this week, both at home and at school.

Elmer wb 15th June 2020

This week we have been learning all about the book ‘Elmer’ by David McKee. Here are some photos of our learning this week, both at home and at school.

How to make your own Elmer ->



I Want My Hat Back wb 8th June 2020

This week we have been learning all about the book ‘I Want My Hat Back’ by Jon Klassen. Here are some photos of our learning this week, both at home and at school. You can watch a lovely puppet show of the text here ->


Our ‘Go Noodle’ daily exercise- Video IMG_2101[1]

The Very Hungry Caterpillar wb 1st June 2020

This week we have been learning all about ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’ by Eric Carle. Here are some photos from the children in school and those who are at home.

Easter Egg Hunt

Today we went on an Easter egg hunt around the school! We have lots of fun 🙂

What have we been up to?

This week we have been having lots of fun in Otter class! Here is just a taste of what we have been up to 🙂

Run, Run as fast as you can! You can’t catch me, I’m the Gingerbread Man!

This week we have continued learning about Traditional Tales and are now focusing in on ‘The Gingerbread Man’. We have use clay to make AMAZING houses for the Gingerbread Man and are now waiting for them to dry before we paint them. Keep your eyes pealed to see our finished creations in a few days time!

Tips for Reading at home

As we quickly move towards half term, I wanted to post some helpful tips for Reading at home. You can find them here —–> Tips for reading with Reception children

As always, if you have any questions please feel free to ask.

Mrs Hedges 🙂

Amazing home learning!

For home learning this week, the children were tasked with making a sock puppet of one of the characters from ‘Little Red Riding Hood’. Below are some examples of the children’s amazing home learning!


Reading book reminder

Just a little recap and reminder after the Christmas holiday about what the different bits and bobs your child brings home in their book bag.

Yellow reading record

This is where we all write comments about your child’s reading. It is really helpful if you can write in their every time you read at home.

Yellow and Green speed sound books

Your child will have both set 1 and set 2&3 speed sound books in their plastic popper pouch. Please recap the sounds we have learnt regularly- it will really help your child’s reading progress.

Library book

Your child can pick any library book from our classroom collection to share with you at home. These books are great at bedtime and are often read at school too.

Blending pack

Your child will come home with word cards that we encourage them to sound out and blend back together. These are words that are decodable and use sounds we have learnt in school.

Red words

In your child’s plastic popper pouch, they also have set of words with a rainbow border. These are ‘red’ words or common exception words. They cannot be decoded and need to be learnt by sight. We recap these regularly at school.

RWI reading book

Your child (depending on their current stage) will also have a RWI reading book. This is either matched to their current phonic learning or a sound (s) they need to consolidate.

Book band book

Finally, your child will also come home with their banded reading book. In Otter, this will be either lilac, pink 1A/B, red, yellow, blue, green or orange depending on their current reading stage. This follows the same pattern as the Oxford Reading Tree.


If you have any questions please feel free to ask.

Mrs Hedges 🙂


Hinduism- Celebrating another religion

This week we have started learning all about Diwali. The children made wonderful Diya lamps out of junk modelling and displayed them in the classroom. Ask your child if they can remember any facts they have learnt about Diwali this week. We will be learning about Rangoli patterns, different foods that are eaten, tidying and cleaning in preparation for Diwali and finishing with a Rama and Sita puppet production.

Welcome to the Spring term!

Welcome back- I hope you all had a super Christmas and New Year.

This half term we are learning all about Traditional Tales and our topic is aptly named ‘Once Upon a Time’. We will be reading and learning about Little Red Riding Hood, Goldilocks, Hansel and  Gretel, The Gingerbread Man,The Three Little Pigs and The Three Billy Goats Gruff. We will be mainly focusing on Little Red and The Gingerbread for our English and Topic learning and also making some exciting things too! Please find our topic web attached here —->

If you have any questions please feel free to ask.

Mrs Hedges 🙂

A Christmas production to remember!

A enormous well done to all our amazing Otters for such brilliant singing, dancing and acting in our performances of ‘Little Angel get wings’. We are all so proud of you and hope you have a fantastic Christmas break. See you on 6th January 2020!

100 books to read in EY and KS1

Here—> 100 books KS1  pie-corbett-reception-1393132 pie-corbett-yr1-1393259 are 3 different lists of books you could read to and with your child at home. You may already have lots of these lovely books at home but why not try something new 🙂

If you have any questions, please feel free to ask 🙂

Ride + Stride

We have really enjoyed riding and striding today! Here are just a few photos from our fabulous day.

RWI videos- how the help your with their phonic learning.

Click on the link here -> to see some very helpful videos about  how we teach children to read and write with Read Write Inc. Phonics. Have fun 🙂

Phonics information from the DfE (Department for Education)

Please find a link here ->Phonics-Information-for-Parents-DFES to useful information from the DfE about Phonics and the Year 1 Phonics Screening Check that happens every June. More details and workshops will follow. As always, if you have any questions please feel free to ask.

Mrs H 🙂

Our first full week in Otter

This week we have continued to learn and establish our class routines, stayed for lunch and went out to play with the other classes. What a brilliant week it has been!


Phonics resources

Next week we will be starting our phonics learning. Please see the link here —–> RWI booklet for parents – Set 1 sounds.96801334 for lots of helpful information about each of the sounds and what your child will be learning in Reception and Year 1.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to ask.

Mrs H 🙂

Our marvellous learning

Just a few snaps of the incredible learning the children have been doing in Otter so far this week. What fantastic learners you all are!

An amazing first week!

This week we welcomed our new reception children into Otter. We have been exploring our class environment, singing songs, dancing in the hall, painting amazing pictures, drawing our families and even went to our first assembly! Starting school can be very daunting but you have all settled in so beautifully -I am very proud of you all.

Otter long term overview

Please find here —>Otter and Hedgehog long term plan (1)  the long term overview for learning in Otter. Please note, this is subject to change but does give an overview of our topics and key learning in each area of the curriculum.

Sealife Centre Trip

This week we went to visit the Sealife Centre in Weymouth. We had a fantastic time travelling down on the coach, visiting the pebble beach and then exploring the Sealife Centre. We even had a tasty ice cream from the Sealife Centre shop!


Health and Well-being week

This week we have been learning all about how to lead a happy and healthy life. We started our week with Sports Day, climbed Kilimanjaro, wheeled around school on our bikes and scooters, and finished off by running a mile around the field and learning Fire Fit drills.

Summer 2 topic overview

This half term our topic is ‘Oh we do like to be beside the sea side!’ Please see our topic plan below:

Stay and Play 6th June 2019

Today we welcomed our new reception children for their first stay and play session. We had lots of fun getting to know each other and we are really looking forward to seeing you all again for our next session.

Home Learning 7th June 2019

This week please can you:

  1. Read your reading book with an adult as many times as you can.
  2.  Recap all set 1, 2 and 3 sounds in your RWI books.
  3. Can you spell any of the words from our sensory spelling sessions? Write as many as you can.
  4. Write a list of all the things you would take to the seaside.

RWI Phonics

If you would like to learn more about RWI and how to pronounce the graphemes we learn at school then go to:

The Lighthouse Keepers Lunch!

Yesterday a mysterious package arrived for Otter Class. Inside was a letter from Mrs Grinling asking if we could help her make some sandwiches and iced biscuits for Mr Grinling’s lunch. She said the pesky seagulls were eating his lunch again! We couldn’t resist making some lovely jam sandwiches and decorating biscuits (they were delicious!).

We are very excited to welcome our very new teacher, Mrs Hedges.  It has been great fun getting to know Mrs Hedges and sharing our favourite things with her.


Otter Station – how many tickets would you like?


Last term we were learning about Knights, Castles and Dragons!