Otter Class Y1/2
Welcome to the Otter class page!
We are so pleased to see you here.
For more information about home learning, please see the updates and attached PDFs below. Maths worksheets can be found on the 'White Rose Maths Worksheets Y1 & 2' page which can be found under the 'In This Section' header above.
Please see the ELSA page for information on emotional support. Remember to scroll down to find the resources!
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Our Learning Friday 3rd June
Suggested Daily Activity: Dyed Flowers Experiment
Follow these instructions to carry out an experiment to explore the transfer of water through a plant: https://theimaginationtree.com/dyed-flowers-science-experiment/
Then, pop over to the Otter Blog to tell me about your favourite flower!
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Our Learning Thursday 2nd June
Suggested Daily Activity: How to Regrow Vegetables, Fruit and Herbs
Watch this video to learn how to regrow vegetables, fruit and herbs at home: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jze8utzpLhg
You could keep a 'Regrowth Diary' to record what happens as your vegetables, fruit and herbs grow!
When you're finished, pop over to the Otter Blog to tell me what your favourite vegetable, fruit or herb is.
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Our Learning Wednesday 1st July
Head over to the Otter Blog to let me know which is your favourite planet in our solar system and why.
Suggested Daily Activity: Space Day
It's Space Day for Otter class today! This morning we watched the BBC's Celebrity Supply Teacher of the day, astronaut Tim Peake: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000jy9r
Then we learned more about our solar system and the Apollo 11 moon landing by doing online research together. We also practised the order of the planets from the sun using GoNoodle's 'Unicorn Noodles' song: https://family.gonoodle.com/activities/unicorn-noodles
This afternoon, we are making rockets out of coloured card and string. You can find the tutorial here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l2OVaVMI7Hw
Happy Space Day!
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Our Learning Tuesday 30th June
Suggested Daily Activity: Mini-beasts Reading Comprehension
With a grown-up, read the 'Mini-beast Reading Comprehension' PDF saved at the bottom of this page and answer the accompanying questions. The text and questions get harder as they go down - how will you challenge yourself today?
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Our Learning Monday 29th June
Suggested Daily Activity: What do Plants Need?
Explore the 'What Do Plants Need?' PowerPoint saved at the bottom off this page. When you are finished, write a list of all the things a plant needs to live and grow. You could even draw a picture to go with your writing!
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Our Learning Friday 26th June
Suggested Daily Activity: Bright Branches
Choose a medium-sized branch and paint it with bright colours. Add some pattern with spots or stripes. At school we used acrylic paint but any kind of paint (even left over emulsion) would work.
When your branch is dry, wrap wool, ribbon or pipe cleaners around the branch. Glue on pom-poms and other embellishments - use whatever you have at home.
When you're finished you can display your bright branch in your home.
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Our Learning Thursday 25th June
Suggested Daily Activity: Make a Nature Journal
With a grown-up, follow the instructions here https://www.howwemontessori.com/how-we-montessori/2018/05/nature-journal.html?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=facebook to make a nature journal. All you need to start is an empty notebook and some pens or pencils! This activity makes use of your noticing skills, which should be super-sharp since you used them in yesterday's activity.
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Our Learning Wednesday 24th June
Suggested Daily Activity: Noticing Walk
With a grown-up, go for a walk around your neighbourhood. Try to notice 10 things you’ve never really paid attention to before — perhaps the colour of the neighbour’s curtains or the flowers along the road. You could also try to listen for new sounds, too. Why do you think you never noticed them before?
When you've completed your walk, pop over to the Otter Blog to tell me what you noticed!
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Our Learning Tuesday 23rd June
Suggested Daily Activity: Learn the Parts of a Plant
Watch this video to learn about the different parts of a plant https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/class-clips-video/science-ks1-ks2-ivys-plant-workshop-parts-of-a-plant/zvdkpg8. When you're finished, draw a picture of a plant and label the different parts.
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Our Learning Monday 22nd June
Suggested Daily Activity: Pointillist Sunflowers
In school we are beginning to learn about plants and their life cycles. On Friday we painted sunflowers using pointillism. Pointillism is a way of painting using lots of small dots of colour. Learn more about pointillism here https://kids.kiddle.co/Pointillism and then make a pointillist sunflower following the instructions in this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yIuKeZqJ6y0. We also used pointillism to make the rainbows on our classroom window!
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ATTENTION OTTER GROWN-UPS!
Dear Parents and Carers,
Anecdotal evidence from the Hampshire Education Service indicates that children are returning to school with much lower levels of resilience than before. Please visit the Mentally Healthy Schools website here: https://www.mentallyhealthyschools.org.uk/media/2047/coronavirus-toolkit-6-resilience.pdf for activities to carry out with your child to help them build and nurture resilience. I have also saved the above document as 'Building Resilience' at the bottom of this page. Please feel free to contact me if you would like support with any of these activities.
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Our Learning Friday 19th June
Suggested Daily Activity: Promoting Self-efficacy
Read or watch the story of 'The Hare and the Tortoise' with a grown-up: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p011syc1
With your grown-up talk about why it is important to believe in ourselves and others. Talk about the phrase 'self-belief'. What is it and why is it important?
Note for Otter grown-ups : While it is natural to have feelings of helplessness and uncertainty, especially during the current crisis, it is important for children to feel that what they say and do matters and that their actions can make a difference. Self-efficacy is the belief that we can make a difference and have strengths we can draw on in times of challenge. It’s also a core belief underpinning motivation, and emotional wellbeing.
This is not just about feeling good about yourself but also having the inner confidence to believe that there are things we can do to make a difference. Having self-belief and knowing we have strengths to draw on in times of challenge can help situations feel less stressful, and more manageable. This is an important factor for our mental wellbeing.
When you've finished your discussion with your grown-up, pop over to the Otter Blog to answer this question: Can you think of a time when you faced something tricky and weren’t sure how it would turn out, but you gave it a go and did the very best you could?
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Our Learning Thursday 18th June
Suggested Daily Activity: My Home is My Museum
This is a really exciting project from National Museums Liverpool. They explain: "So our museums and galleries are closed, and while we’re really sad about it, we want to turn this negative into a positive and hand the reins over to you!
We love when you visit us to learn more from our wonderful exhibitions and collections, but while we’re not open for visits we wondered whether we could learn about you instead?
If you’re off school and aged between four and 11 years old, we’d love you to get involved with our brand-new project: My Home is My Museum.
Imagine creating your own exhibition or gallery of artworks inspired by you! What would you like people to know about you? What are the important things in your home that are close to your heart? Who might you paint a picture of? Toys, special outfits, holiday souvenirs and much-loved teddy bears are some of the many things you might wish to include as objects are artworks."
Find out more and get involved here: https://www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/my-home-my-museum?utm_source=Earlyarts&utm_campaign=9aa4f88d3a-creative-care-package-8&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_42ae85e286-9aa4f88d3a-129633137&goal=0_42ae85e286-9aa4f88d3a-129633137&mc_cid=9aa4f88d3a&mc_eid=afd2638f37
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Our Learning Wednesday 17th June
Suggested Daily Activity: Listen to the BBC School Radio Episode on Mini-beasts
In this episode Cat Sandion is thinking about all the mini-beasts in the garden and we hear a story about how Susie's caterpillar transforms into a butterfly.
Can you join in the story with some wiggly actions?
When you're finished, pop over to the Otter Blog to answer this question: What is your favourite mini-beast and why?
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Our Learning Tuesday 16th June
Suggested Daily Activity: Ladybird Pet Rocks
Today in school we are following these instructions to make a Ladybird Pet Rock: https://www.hobbycraft.co.uk/ideas/kids/how-to-make-ladybird-pet-rocks When you're finished, pop over to the Otter Blog to tell me what you'll name your pet Ladybird!
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Our Learning Monday 15th June
Suggested Daily Activity: Make Play Dough Mini-beasts
Let's do some fine motor skill-building! Using play dough, follow the instructions here https://masandpas.com/minibeast-activities/ to make some play dough mini-beasts. Be creative about what resources you use. For example, if you don't have pipe cleaners you could use twigs instead. If you don't have play dough, use this simple recipe to make some https://theimaginationtree.com/best-ever-no-cook-play-dough-recipe/ or make your mini-beasts out of saltdough instead. Have fun modelling your mini-beasts!
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Our Learning Friday 12th June
Suggested Daily Activity: Butterfly Lifecycle Reading Comprehension
This activity is saved as 'Butterfly Reading Comprehension' PDF at the bottom of this page. With your grown-up, decide which level of challenge you want to try. Read the text, answer the questions and then check your answers with the answer sheet at the back.
When you're finished, pop over to the Otter Blog for a reminder to STAY SAFE by SOCIAL DISTANCING - even with your friends. We all need to protect each other, especially those of us attending school. Social distancing keeps all of us safe, including the grown-ups at school - so no hugs or holding hands just yet!
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Our Learning Thursday 11th June
Suggested Daily Activity: Learn About the Butterfly Life-Cycle
In school, we are learning about mini-beast lifecycles. We have started with the butterfly. Join in with this song https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LI2Wo2rRWqM to practise the four main stages of a butterfly's lifecycle. But remember, the butterfly's lifecycle starts with an EGG! Can you change the song to show this? When you're confident, draw and label a picture describing the lifecycle, like the one saved here. Then head over to the Otter Blog to answer today's question.
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Our Learning Wednesday 10th June
Suggested Daily Activity: Learn About Charles H. Turner
The scientist Charles H. Turner is best known for his discovery that insects can hear. He was born in 1867 and became the first African-American to earn a doctorate in zoology from the University of Chicago.
As well as discovering that insects can hear, Charles also found out that honeybees recognise colours and patterns. A student who worked with Charles wrote about one experiment: "The bees appeared at the table at all three meals. Then Dr. Turner put jam only at breakfast daily. They still came to each meal but found no jam at noon and night. Soon they stopped coming. This shows they have some idea of time."
Read the information about Charles H. Turner with a grown-up and then learn more about how honeybees see colour here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N1TUDFCOwjY
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Our Learning Tuesday 9th June
Suggested Daily Activity: Bubbles of Gratitude Mindfulness Colouring
Using the Bubbles of Gratitude PDF at the bottom of the page, cultivate an attitude of gratitude. These are bubbles of gratitude! As you colour each bubble, think of something that you are grateful for. It could be something big or something very small, something that you experience often or something that has just happened once. Thinking of these things helps make us feel calm and happy.
When you're finished, pop over to the Otter Blog to tell me about one thing you're grateful for.
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Our Learning Monday 8th June
Suggested Daily Activity: Mini-beast Collage
This activity was inspired by the work of Tracy Mcguinness-Kelly at All Saint's Primary School. First, cut shapes out of old magazines or pieces of painted paper. You'll need different shapes for mini-beast bodies, legs, wings and antennae like this:
Then, move your shapes around to make different mini-beasts. When you're happy with your mini-beast, glue it down!
Here are some examples of mini-beasts children at other schools have made:
When your mini-beasts are finished, head over to the Otter Blog to read 'First Day at Bug School' by Sam Lloyd and answer today's question.
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Our Learning Friday 5th June
Suggested Daily Activity: Mini-beasts, Insects and Bugs, Oh My!
We use lots of different words to describe the little creatures we see in the air, on land and in water. We might call them mini-beasts, bugs or insects. But did you know that the words 'mini-beast', 'bug' and 'insect' all describe different things? Today I'd like you to find out what each word describes. When you're finished, pop over to the Otter Blog to answer this question: What do the words 'mini-beast', 'insect' and 'bug' describe?
Make sure you watch this video https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/clips/zq3ygk7 and read this article https://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/blog/2019/05/minibeast-facts/#:~:text=What%20is%20a%20minibeast%3F,these%20are%20types%20of%20insect. as part of your research.
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Our Learning Thursday 4th June
Suggested Daily Activity: Read All About It!
Mrs Jolliffe found this fascinating article, 'Ants are Farmers!' in 'First News'. Today's activity is to read the article and then answer these questions:
- What are the ants farming?
- Why are they farming them?
- What is an exoskeleton?
- What do the ants use to make barns?
- How do the ants keep the creatures safe?
- Why haven't these creatures been found in Britain before?
- Who first spotted these creatures in Britain?
When you're finished you could do a little more ant research using the Internet, perhaps starting at https://www.natgeokids.com/uk/discover/animals/insects/ant-facts/. Remember to stay safe on the Internet. Then pop over to the Otter Blog to answer today's question: What is your favourite ant fact?
For Otter grown-ups: 'First News' are offering a three-issue trial subscription that you might want to consider: https://subscribe.firstnews.co.uk/ 'First News' is a brilliant home learning resource and is particularly useful for encouraging more reluctant readers to get reading!
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Our Learning Wednesday 3rd June
Suggested Daily Activity: Butterfly Symmetry Paintings
Following on from yesterday's Very Hungry Caterpillar activity, today we're making butterfly symmetry paintings following these instructions: https://artfulparent.com/butterfly-symmetry-paintings/ Let us know how yours turn out over on the Otter Blog!
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ATTENTION OTTER GROWN-UPS!
Dear Parents and Carers,
Our home learning guide for this half-term is now available. You have received a copy via email and the PDF, titled 'EYFS KS1 Home Learning Letter 3', is saved at the bottom of this page. We have improved the format of the guidance and your child now has certain activities to complete each day. One of these is to complete the White Rose units for their year group. You can find out more about this, and access the accompanying worksheets, on the 'White Rose Maths Worksheets Y1 & 2' page which can be found under the 'In This Section' header above. Please feel free to get in touch with any questions or comments.
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SPOTTED! Two Very Hungry Caterpillars in the Whitewater Playground...
We would love to see photos of your Very Hungry Caterpillars in the wild! Please email them to Mrs Fox in the office.
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Our Learning Tuesday 2nd June
Suggested Daily Activity: Make a Very Hungry Caterpillar
Today, we are reading 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar' by Eric Carle. If you don't have the book at home you can watch this video of Eric Carle reading his story: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vkYmvxP0AJI
When we have read the story we will be making our own Very Hungry Caterpillar by following these instructions: https://www.thesprucecrafts.com/diy-caterpillar-craft-for-kids-4125131
We might even make some of the foods the Very Hungry Caterpillar eats in the story!
Then head over to the Otter Blog to answer these questions:
On which days did the Very Hungry Caterpillar eat an ODD number of foods? On which days did he eat an EVEN number of foods?
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Our Learning Monday 1st June
This term our topic is 'The Scented Garden'. As part of this topic, our ongoing project is to learn about different mini-beasts.
Suggested Daily Activity: Mini-beast Hunt
Follow these instructions https://learning-rooms.com/wp-content/uploads/MiniBeast-lesson-plan.pdf to go on a mini-beast hunt with a grown-up. Then pop over to the Otter Blog to tell me about what you've found!
Remember to always follow the seven golden rules for mini-beast hunting:
- Always put logs and rocks back the same way up.
- Never stand on the logs, you might squash the mini-beasts living underneath!
- Always make your mini-beasts feel at home (pop some leaf mould into the observation pots with them).
- Keep slugs separate, they stick to everything!
- Look carefully, lot of the mini-beasts are the same colour as the soil.
- Keep quiet and tread lightly so you don’t scare the mini beasts away.
- Be gentle! Mini-beasts are fragile.
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Home Learning Friday 22nd May
Suggested Daily Activity: Celebrating Mbira with Google
Today we are learning about mbira, ancient instrument of the Shona people of Zimbabawe. Go to this google doodle link to learn about the instrument and to virtually play an mbira: https://g.co/doodle/wrgq72m
When you're finished, make a fact file about mbira. Make sure you include the answers to these questions: What is the mbira made of? How do you play the mbira? Who are the Shona?
Remember to head over to the Otter Blog to answer today's question.
A reminder that the half-term holiday begins tomorrow, so home learning and blog content will begin again on Monday 1st June. Have a restful break!
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Home Learning Thursday 21st May
Suggested Daily Activity: Kindness Matters - HAPPY MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS WEEK!
“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” – Aesop
I know it will be of no surprise to the Otters, but KINDNESS MATTERS! Kindness is important for helping us to stay happy and healthy. In honour of Mental Health Awareness Week, today's activity is to make a thank you sign for a community helper. Community helpers include:
- police officers
- fire fighters
- the armed forces
- refuse collectors
- postal workers
- shop workers
- delivery workers
- transport workers
- food workers, including farmers
Remember, your sign needs to be big enough to read and stuck somewhere people outside your house can see it. When you're finished, head over to the Otter Blog and have a think about our Thursday Thunk!
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Home Learning Wednesday 20th May
Suggested Daily Activity: HAPPY THANK A TEACHER DAY!
People across the country are joining together to say a HUGE thank you not only to their teachers, but school leaders, teaching assistants, and all support staff for their amazing work, not only in these challenging times but all year round. You can head over to the National Thank a Teacher Day site to find out more: https://thankateacher.co.uk/thank-a-teacher-day/ There you can find a poster to colour https://thankateacher.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/TATD-Poster-A4.pdf or write a poem on a blank Thank a Teacher Day star https://thankateacher.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/TATDayBlankStar.pdf.
Today, I would like to say thank you to all of Whitewater's brilliant parents and carers who are working so hard to facilitate their children's home learning. You are doing a fantastic job, gold stars all round!
I also want to thank my amazing mum, who was a primary school teacher and head teacher for more than 35 years. I imagine the toughest job she ever had was home schooling me and my sister for two years! We can't be together right now so I wanted send my thanks for all her patience and love.
Mum, thanks for being my first teacher and for teaching me always. Love you xxx
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Home Learning Tuesday 19th May
Suggested Daily Activity: Dotty Six
For Otter grown-ups: Scroll down to see ideas for easier and harder versions of the game.
Then pop over to the Otter Blog and roll your dice to answer a question about a fiction book!
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Home Learning Monday 18th May
Suggested Daily Activity: How to Hide a Lion
Polka Theatre, the UK’s No.1 children’s theatre, has opened its new online channel around the theme of Lions, Gorillas and Everywhere Bears exploring some of the much-loved children’s books that the theatre has adapted for stage, providing online story time, workshops and activities to help families stay creative. Explore your animal world here: https://polkatheatre.com/polka-online/.
Make sure you watch the story, 'How to Hide a Lion', which can be found here: https://polkatheatre.com/polka-online/how-to-hide-a-lion/
When you're finished, pop over to the Otter Blog to tell me what your favourite part of the story is.
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Home Learning Friday 15th May
Suggested Daily Activity: Singing Together, Apart
A special treat for you today - a singing lesson with the wonderful Noura! She has several videos on youtube, just ask a grown-up to search for 'Music lessons with Noura'. Remember to stay safe online. I suggest having a go at all of the videos, even the ones for nursery and YR, because they're so much fun! When you've finished your lesson, pop over to the Otter Blog to tell me about your favourite songs.
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Home Learning Thursday 14th May
Suggested Daily Activity: Write a Story
Write a story about the picture to the left. This picture might show the beginning, middle or end of your story. Remember to think carefully about capital letters, finger spaces and punctuation.
Here are some questions to help you get started:
Who built the house? Who lives in the house? Where is the house? Is it always there or does it sometimes move? How does it move? Who does the foot belong to? Are they friendly? Are they stepping on the house on purpose or by accident? Will the house break or will it hurt their foot?
Remember to head over to the Otter Blog for our Thursday Thunk!
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Suggested Daily Activity: A Heart-Filled Treasure Hunt
This mindfulness activity was inspired by a comment left by Sylvi on our blog. Hi Sylvi! :-)
The idea is simple: go outside (you might need a grown-up for this), search for as many naturally occurring heart-shapes as you can and take a photo. Remember to to look high and low, behind and under different objects. Does the bark on that tree grow in an interesting pattern? What’s under that pile of leaves? Can you see any heart shaped clouds? You could also try making heart shapes using the materials you find, such as sticks, leaves or stones. When you're finished, pop over to the Otter Blog and tell me about what you found or made.
When you're back inside you could follow Sylvi's example and paint flat rocks with colourful hearts to leave around your neighbourhood. Imagine how excited people will be to find them!
While you are on your heart-filled treasure hunt, have a think about the ways we love and take care of the Earth. Remember: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle (in that order!) Are you reducing how much plastic you use? Reusing junk to make things? Recycling glass bottles and jars? Well done, Otters!
(Adapted from www.mindfullittles.org; photo by Lisa Sadikman)
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Home Learning Tuesday 12th May
Here is a link to the Save Pangolins website, where you can find out more about how to help pangolins or donate: https://www.savepangolins.org/help
Suggested Daily Activity: Save Pangolins
Pangolins are beautiful, unusual and highly endangered creatures. Some people say that they are real live Pokemon! Recently, pangolins have been blamed for the spread of Coronavirus. But it isn't pangolins' fault that humans are selling them and eating them. To make sure that pangolins are looked after and protected from extinction, we need to learn more about them and spread the message about saving these AMAZING creatures.
Your activity to day is to learn more about pangolins here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/37470783 and then have a go at making a 'Peeping Pangolin' here: https://rachellshaw.files.wordpress.com/2016/02/pangolin-peeping.pdf This activity asks for a split pin but you could tie the pangolin's tail in place if you don't have one.
When you're finished, head over to our blog and tell me what your favourite pangolin fact is!
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Home Learning Monday 11th May
Suggested Daily Activity: Get in Shape!
With a grown-up, use the 'Get in Shape' PDF at the bottom of this page to complete some activities based on three shapes: a circle, a triangle and a square.
How many sides does each shape have? How many corners?
From 'Outside the Box' by Molly Potter
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VE Day 75 Friday 8th May
Although we can't be together, Otter class have found a way to work together. We used our blog to write a peace poem in honour of VE Day 75. Children have contributed a line to poem, answering the question: What is peace?
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Home Learning Thursday 7th May
Suggested Daily Activity: Standing Together as Global Neighbours
This lovely PDF from the Diocese of Winchester encourages us to think about caring for our neighbours and to show them that care and love unites everyone across the world. With a grown-up, read through the 'Standing Together as Global Neighbours' PDF at the bottom of this page and try some of the activities. You may also choose to say some of the prayers and read the Bible verses included.
REMINDER: As tomorrow is a bank holiday there won't be any suggested daily activities or blog posts on our website.
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Home Learning Wednesday 6th May
Suggested Daily Activity: Nature Weaving
In the hopes that you all are able to get into a little bit of nature, here is a fun activity that you can do outside:
The activity comes from Watts Gallery and Artists' Village, which is one of my favourite places in the whole world. You can find out more about it here: https://www.wattsgallery.org.uk/
Remember to head over to our blog to add your line to our peace poem!
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Home Learning Tuesday 5th May
Suggested Daily Activity: Learn about VE Day and make Great British Bunting with the BBC
On Friday 8 May 2020 Britain will be commemorating the 75th anniversary of VE Day, when the guns fell silent at the end of World War 2 (WW2) in Europe.
With a grown-up, you can learn more about VE Day and WW2 here:
Due to the coronavirus restrictions most VE Day 75 events and street parties have had to be cancelled or postponed but you can still mark the occasion, share your pride in our country and honour the men and women of WW2 by making some special VE Day 75 ‘Great British Bunting’ to display in your window at home.
Here are all the instructions you need to get started using any paper, cereal boxes, string, ribbon, sweet wrappers, felt pens, poster paint you have or whatever you can find:
You can decorate your bunting with pictures of whatever inspires you, whether it’s those who fought on the frontline or worked hard on the Homefront, or whether it’s a celebration of enduring peace or your own personal hero.
Hang your bunting with pride over the weekend of Friday 8 May - Sunday 10 May.
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Junior Road Safety Officer (JRSO) Message
We hope that you are enjoying your daily exercise and remembering the Road Safety rules when you are out and about. Most importantly, you must wear a helmet when you are on your bike or scooter!
We would like you to have a go at the following activities:
- Write some DOs and DON'Ts of Road Safety. For example: DO get off your bikes and walk across when crossing a road. DON'T ride your bike across the road.
- Make up some fun, safe games or role plays for when you come back to school.
- Check out the Road Safety Update letter which was sent out to your parents, where you will find some detailed information about the stop motion animation competition and the Arility resource https://arility.com/.
We look forward to hearing your ideas!
Mrs Baronne and Mrs Jolliffe
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Home Learning Monday 4th May
Suggested Daily Activity: Find Kind
Even during a lockdown, kindness is all around us. Sometimes, kindness is hiding in plain sight. For the next two days, go on a quest to uncover the kindness that is already taking place in your home. Tick off each kind act that you spy, and record your total at the end. How much kindness will you find? Find the Kindness Quest activity here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1vzV7YHEfxMvRY-kpnxBL-RXq_GaFr7Yz/view Remember to talk about the Family Discussion Questions when you're finished!
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Home Learning Friday 1st May
Happy May Day!
As you already know, each half-term we have a new value in focus at school. When we are at school we explore this value in Collective and Class Worship and through our PSHE lessons. Our value in focus this half-term is 'Friendship'. You can find the Home School Values 'Friendship' PDF saved at the bottom of the Home School Values page. The Home School Values page is part of the brand-new Religious Ethos section of this site.
To find the Religious Ethos section, head to:
Our School -> Religious Ethos
Have a look at all the lovely new pages while you're there! The Collective Worship page is particularly exciting, as you can scroll down to find information on Home Worship and live services from the Whitewater Benefice.
Suggested Daily Activity: Friends Forever
Our daily activity explores this half-term's value in focus. First, draw a heart shape in the middle of a piece of paper. Next, write the name of one of your friends in the middle of the heart shape. After that, write all of the things that make your friend a good friend (these are called 'qualities') around the outside of the heart shape. For example, you might write: kind, funny, likes Paw Patrol, shares books... Finally, look at your friend's qualities and decide which ones are most important to being a good friend. Then head over to the blog and answer this question: What would you like to tell your Otter friends about your time at home?
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Home Learning Thursday 30th April
Suggested Daily Activity: Get Crafty
Join Claire from the Ditchling Museum of Art and Craft to collage your own imaginary world. What would your dream home look like? Maybe you’d live on a desert island..or on another planet?! 🪐 Gather the materials you need, watch the video below, and then get crafty.
Here’s what you need for this weeks project: paper, scissors, glue, colouring materials (pencils/ crayons/ paint/ pens), old magazines and newspapers to cut up and most importantly...YOUR IMAGINATION!
Then head over to the Otter Blog to find our Thursday Thunk.
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Home Learning Wednesday 29th April
Suggested Daily Activity: Make Music
Use the ‘Rhythm of Life’ PowerPoint at the bottom of this page to explore some exciting musical activities. Then pop over to the Otter Blog to answer the question I’ve left for you.
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The Book of Hopes
Please follow the link below to read 'The Book of Hopes: Words and Pictures to Comfort, Inspire and Entertain Children in Lockdown' with a grown-up:
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Home Learning Tuesday 28th April
Suggested Daily Activity: Be an Inventor
Use the 'Be an Inventor' PDF saved at the bottom of this page to invent a machine that will change the lives of everyone on Earth.
When you're finished, pop over to the Otter Blog to read a message from MRS JOLLIFFE!
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Home Learning Monday 27th April
HAPPY WORLD TAPIR DAY!
Suggested Daily Activity: Tapir Fact File
Learn more about tapirs here: https://kids.sandiegozoo.org/animals/tapir and then make a Tapir Fact File. When you're finished, head over to the Otter Blog to tell me your favourite tapir fact.
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Home Learning Friday 24th April
Suggested Daily Activity: Make a Time Capsule
A time capsule is a collections of objects or information that is saved for people in the future. The mum who made the Covid-19 time capsule that I've linked to below said, "We are living through history right now. As hard as it is to be living in this moment it is something our children will tell their children and grandchildren about!" For this reason it is important for us to record what we are doing and how we are feeling at this tricky time. With a grown-up, follow the link below to download the time capsule and then complete it:
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Home Learning Thursday 23rd April
Suggested Daily Activity: Fill the Box
This activity is all about capacity, which is the measurement of how much a container holds. With a grown-up, have a look at the 'Fill the Box' PDF at the bottom of this page and then give the activity a try!
(Adapted from Mental Maths Homework by Helen Williams)
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Home Learning Wednesday 22nd April
HAPPY EARTH DAY 2020!
Today is the world's fiftieth Earth Day. Every year on 22nd April, Earth Day is celebrated around the world. On this day we think about how we can look after the Earth and everything that lives on it.
You can find out more about Earth Day on the Nat Geo Kids website: https://www.natgeokids.com/uk/kids-club/cool-kids/general-kids-club/earth-day/
Suggested Daily Activity: Take a Nature Walk
With a grown-up, go for a nature walk in your local area. What beautiful natural things can you see? Perhaps you see a tiny flower growing in a crack in the pavement, or a mighty tree sprouting new leaves. If your grown-up has a smart phone or camera, ask for their permission and help to take photos of the things you see.
When you've finished your nature walk, head over to the Otter blog to tell me about it!
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Home Learning Tuesday 21st April
Suggested Daily Activity: Give Thanks
Thinking about things we are thankful for helps us to be happy and resilient. We read 'An Awesome Book of Thanks' by Dallas Clayton as a class and we loved its fun illustrations and joyful message. Today, I'd like you to read the book again with a grown-up. It is available in an online version here:
When you have finished reading the book I'd like you to complete the 'Three Things I am Thankful For' PDF at the bottom of this page.
If you wanted to make a Gratitude Journal you could print several copies of the PDF and staple them together. Then you could complete one page each day.
When you have completed your activity, head over to the Otter blog and tell me about one thing you are grateful for.
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Home Learning Monday 20th April
CHECK THE NEW OTTER BLOG FOR A MESSAGE FROM MS LAMBLE!
Otter grown-ups: Please see the 'EYFS KS1 Home Learning Letter 2' and 'Spelling Soup' PDFs at the bottom of this page for support with home learning.
Suggested Daily Activity: How do they make silly sounds in cartoons?
With your grown-up, use the link below to find today’s Mystery Science lesson. During the lesson you’ll investigate how silly sounds are made in cartoons. The only equipment you need is a ruler. https://mysteryscience.com/light/mystery-1/sounds-vibrations/105?code=NDEwMDY3MDQ&t=student
Remember to leave a comment on the Otter blog if you enjoyed this lesson!
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Coronavirus: A Book for Children
Please follow the link below to read 'Coronavirus: A Book for Children' with a grown-up.
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I Spy With My Little Eye...
I spy with my my little eye, something beginning with 'r'!
This rainbow is now on display in one of the school's windows. If you live near our school, can you spot it?
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Home Learning Friday 3rd April
Thanks to those of you who completed yesterday's suggested daily activity. I am enjoying reading your messages! Percy and Wilbur say hello.
Your suggested daily activity is to do some block printing! The artist in the videos below, Molly Mahon, uses a potato to make her prints but you can use other root veg or look here for some alternatives:
For today's activity it is very important that you ask a grown-up to use the knife for carving. Only do this activity with a grown-up helping you.
Click the arrow to watch Molly's videos and then have a go with a grown-up!
A big thank you to Molly for agreeing to let us have her videos and pictures on our class page. With a grown-up, you could have a look at Molly’s Instagram or website for more inspiration. Remember to stay safe when using the internet!
Molly's instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mollymahonblockprinting/?hl=en
Molly's website: https://www.mollymahon.com/
Easter Holiday Reminder
A reminder that there won’t be any suggested daily tasks set over the Easter holiday. If you would like to do an activity over the holiday, why not make a gorgeous recycled spring wreath like the one pictured here? Follow this link for the instructions: https://nurturestore.co.uk/paper-plate-spring-wreath-for-preschool
If you don’t have an egg carton you could use a paper plate or an empty cereal packet. Make sure you ask a grown-up to help you with any cutting.
In addition, here is a link to some resources provided by Winchester Diocese: ttps://www.winchester.anglican.org/education-coronavirus-resources/
I hope you and your families have a wonderful Easter holiday, I'll be thinking of you all each day. Keep a list of the things you do so you can tell me all about them when the holiday is over.
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Home Learning Thursday 2nd April
It feels like such a long time since I saw you all and I am longing for news of how you're doing. So today your suggested daily activity is to reply to the letter I've written to you below. Please tell me all about what you've been up to since school closed. When you have finished your letter, send it to Mrs Fox at email@example.com and Mrs Fox will send it to me!
It's almost two weeks since I last saw most of you, and I'm missing you all lots. I've been busy doing lots of work for school, including putting up the suggested daily activities on this page. Usually I would go for a walk each day but I've had to stay inside this week as I was a bit poorly. I'm feeling much better now and I'm looking forward to enjoying the sunshine soon. My two cats, Percy and Wilbur, are loving having me at home and spend their days chasing pheasants in the garden. Luckily, the pheasants don't take any nonsense and chase the cats right back! That's Percy and Wilbur in the photo above. Percy is all black and Wilbur has some white patches.
I've been enjoying watching the flowers blossoming outside and it's made me wonder how your sunflowers are doing. Are they really tall? Have you got a bud or even a flower yet? Perhaps you could send me a photo. I've read quite a few books recently but my favourite at the moment is 'Du Iz Tak?' by Carson Ellis. I like this book because the characters speak a funny, strange, made-up language. Have you been reading lots of books? Which one was your favourite? Why do you like it?
With so much time at home I've been able to do some arts and crafts. One of my favourites is potato printing because you can make beautiful patterns really quickly. I've also been listening to lots of music and podcasts. Have you been making art or music at home? What is your favourite pastime at the moment? Why do you like it?
I can't wait to hear from you. Lots of love to you and your families.
P.S. Your letter doesn't need to be as long as mine!
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Home Learning Wednesday 1st April
A maths suggested daily activity today! Choose the activity for your year group and give it a go with a grown-up.
Y1 Number bond revision: Watch this video https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/supermovers/ks1-maths-number-bonds-with-martin-dougan/zf6cpg8 and then have a go at the Y1 Number Bonds to 10 activity saved as a PDF below. Make sure you use counters to help you. You could use buttons, large beads, tiddly winks or even dried beans as counters!
Y2 Multiplication: Watch the first video in this series https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/class-clips-video/maths-ks1-ks2-a-world-without-maths/zmbjf4j and then have a go at the Y2 Times Tables activity saved as a PDF below. Remember to stick to the 2, 5 and 10 times tables until you are confident. Make sure you use counters to help you. You could use buttons, large beads, tiddly winks or even dried beans as counters! Why not try making multiplication flowers, such as the ones pictured above?
Emotional support: Mrs Miles has sent us a brilliant ELSA Support April Wellbeing Calendar (see PDF below). Each day there is a new activity to support your wellbeing. I'm going to print it out and tick off my activity each day!
For Otter grown-ups: Please explore the Whitewater E-safety Poster with your children. The poster is saved as a PDF below.
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Home Learning Tuesday 31st March
Today’s suggested daily activity is to listen to, and talk about, Episode 1 of the Big Life Kids podcast with your grown-up https://biglifejournal-uk.co.uk/blogs/podcast/episode-one and then watch this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L1KPLj6adj8
You may not be able to focus on listening for the entire length of the podcast, so try listening in two or three chunks. You can talk to your grown-up about what you’ve heard between each chunk.
The Big Life Kids podcast is for children ages 5 to 10. It teaches children to stay resilient, believe in themselves, and face life's challenges with confidence. In each episode, Zara and Leo (sadly not our Otter Leo - hi Leo!) travel the world to discover the living heroes that are making a difference in the world today. The podcast is produced by Big Life Journal.
In this episode, Zara and Leo travel to Paraguay. They discover Los Reciclados de Cateura, the children’s orchestra that plays with instruments made out of recycled garbage. Follow their journey and find out how YOU can dream big and believe in yourself!
Once you’ve listened to the podcast and watched the orchestra in action, you may feel inspired to make your own recycled instrument. Follow this link for some ideas:
For Otter grown-ups: Please note that there are several paid links on the above web page. It is not necessary to purchase these items for your child to enjoy the podcast. Your child is not expected to complete the linked activities.
I highly recommend that you take a look at the Stay-at-Home Care Package by Big Life Journal PDF at the bottom of this page as it provides lots of great ideas for simple and fun home activities.
The Big Life Journal website has lots of interesting information about how to support your child in developing a growth mindset and I encourage you to explore the site further.
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Home Learning Monday 30th March
I hope you all had an enjoyable weekend. I'm missing you all so much and thinking about you each day. I have two suggested daily activities for you today, choose one or both as you like.
Challenge 1: Cut-out Calculations (Maths)
Cut out the cards to practise addition and subtraction. You can find the PDF at the bottom of this page.
Challenge 2: An Attitude of Gratitude (Mindfulness, Resilience)
Thinking about the things we are truly grateful for helps us to get through tricky times like this. With a grown-up, try one of these gratitude activities (I like the gratitude flower, pictured above):
Top of my gratitude list today is...OTTER CLASS! I'm so grateful to have such an amazing class. I love imagining you reading our class page and having a go at the home learning challenges. Remember, you are STRONG, you are BRAVE, you are LOVED and you MATTER.
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Home Learning Friday 27th March
A little video message from me today!
Your suggested daily activity is to design a family crest. The PDF is linked at the bottom of this page.
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Home Learning Thursday 26th March
Your suggested daily activity is about this creature:
Bootle was brought here from Blobbo Island and set free. The problem is that Bootle eats bricks and he is trying to eat my house! For this reason, he needs to be trapped and returned to Blobbo Island.
Your task: Design and label a trap that will catch Bootle without hurting him.
Some facts to help you: Bootle loves sausages. Bootle likes to push red buttons. Bootle always follows green arrows. Bootle always eats bricks but never eats wood or glass. Bootle's ears get tangled very easily. Bootle has a very strong magnet at the end of his tail. When Bootle gets wet, the end of his whiskers become extremely sticky.
(Adapted from Outside the Box by Molly Potter)
I hope you are well and doing lots of fun things at home. Look out for a little video message from me tomorrow!
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Home Learning Wednesday 25th March
Another beautiful spring day! I hope you all get a chance to go outside and enjoy the sunshine. I have two suggested daily activities for you today, choose one or both as you like.
Challenge 1: Sit Spots (Mindfulness, Writing)
Find a comfortable seat somewhere (outside is preferable, but inside works too). Take five deep breaths in and out. Close your eyes and listen to the noises around you. Open your eyes and observe what you see. What do you smell? Pay attention to your body and how you're feeling. Now write down what you noticed. You could illustrate your writing with pictures.
Challenge 2: In a Minute (Maths)
You will need: A helper, something to time one minute accurately (such as a cooking timer or smart phone), a pencil and paper.
You are going to: See how long one minute lasts. 1. Start by watching a minute pass on your timer. Talk to your helper about what you think you could do in that much time. For example, could you write your name 10 times? Line up 15 coins? Hop 20 times on one foot? 2. What does your helper think they can do in one minute? 3. Think of a way of writing down what you can do in one minute. 4. Try each of your activities. Write down the results.
Bet you can't: 1. Estimate a minute. Shut your eyes, then hold up your hand when you think a minute is up. Was your estimate too long or too short? 2. Repeat one of your activities and see if you can do it more times in a minute.
(Adapted from Mental Maths Homework by Helen Williams)
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Home Learning Tuesday 24th March
Your suggested daily activity is a Rainbow Treasure Hunt! You can find the PDF at the bottom of this page.
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Home Learning Monday 23rd March
I hope you're all staying well and enjoying your home learning. We are working hard to find a way for your grown-ups to stay in contact with us. Check this page each day for suggested daily activities, starting tomorrow!
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Emotional Support for Children
For Otter grown-ups: Some children are naturally feeling more anxious during this difficult time. Please explore the new ELSA page on this site. Remember to scroll down to find the resources!