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Term 3, Week 2

This week's highlight was undoubtedly being able to spend an hour in 'Prayer Spaces.' This opportunity was provided by the Open the Book team from St Michael's Church. We are incredibly grateful to the team who gave up their week to create a space within school for prayer and quiet reflection.

Within the room there were five stations. Children were able to sit quietly in the prayer tent, aptly named 'Be Still.' They were also able to write prayers for people in need around the world.They could reflect on 'Big Questions'  and if they wanted to, think about things that they felt sorry about and for which they would like forgiveness. One child said that this was his favourite station because he felt that in saying sorry he could let something go so that it no longer worried him. Finally, the children were told about the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem and they had the chance to write their own prayers and place them on a 'wall.'

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It seems that the children benefited hugely from having this quiet reflective time in their otherwise very busy week and as you will see from the photographs, they were respectful and fully engaged with the different activities on offer.

It was also an hour in which no judgements were made and children had  choices about how to spend the time.

Some of the Big Questions were of a philosophical nature; I am looking forward to the follow-up session in class when Reverend John has the tricky task of answering them!

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TERM 3

Welcome back everyone! I hope you all had a lovely Christmas break.

We all enjoyed hearing about the twins' trip to South Africa. The photographs were wonderful!

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Term 2,Week 7-What a busy final week! We all very much enjoyed some more homework presentations which related to our last Geography topic. It was fascinating to find out about places that you had visited in the United Kingdom and to hear too about places of interest in our local area. Well done everyone!

We spent two days of our final week before Christmas focusing on a topic within the RE syllabus called Incarnation. Years 3 and 4 wrote some beautiful kennings about the Holy Trinity and created their own symbols. 

The final 3 days were spent on a Design Technology topic. The children were presented with the challenge of creating a moving toy with a Christmas theme, using cams. Here are some photos of Day 1!

By Day 2 of our DT project, the moving toys were beginning to take shape!
Everyone was proud of their finished product. The project had involved lots of hard work, thinking and problem-solving!
On the last day of term we had a lovely party. Happy Christmas Otters!
Term 2, Week 6- In a multitude of different ways, the lovely Otters have been demonstrating some of our core school values. It was heart-warming to see them playing together so happily  during a wet play this week. Lovely too, to see them reading together and supporting each other. Our values of compassion, respect and collaboration were certainly in evidence this week. Well done Otters. It is a pleasure to be your teacher!
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A few extra photos...

Someone with an inspirational message on their t-shirt, an inspirational message in our light box, some more fabulous homework (about Bude) and children very focused on their glockenspiel playing!

Term 2, Week 5- This week saw the start of our 'Comfy Reading' after lunch. 
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We had some lovely positive messages in our light box.
We have begun our new topic on Ancient Egypt but today we had some wonderful homework presentations relating to our last topic- Topographical Features. Well done everyone!
Term 2, Week 4- This week we have been enjoying looking at maps and finding topographical features. We especially enjoyed looking at maps and photographs of our local area and finding out more about the River Avon, The Kennet and Avon Canal and local landmarks like the Westbury White Horse. It was interesting to watch the Steve Backshall film and have contour lines properly explained to us. The children went on to write some fabulous essays bringing together all the knowledge they have gained over the past three weeks. Our new topic is Ancient Egypt. Details to follow...
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On Saturday, I attended a wonderfully inspiring conference in Bristol which was called Reading for Pleasure and was all about ways of encouraging children to read. One of the speakers talked about 'Comfy Reading' and it is something I would like to try with the Otters. I wondered whether each child would like to bring in a cushion from home and use it to sit on when we have our quiet reading time after lunch. They can sit wherever they like! I'm going to find a comfy place to sit and read too. I have some spare cushions if the children don't have a spare cushion at home to bring in. 

I enjoyed meeting a local writer of children's books called Gill Lewis who used to be a vet and now writes books about animals. I have a copy of two of her books which she signed inside and dedicated to the Otters. I am looking forward to lending these books to the children. I hope they enjoy them!

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Term 2 Week 3- We are loving our Music lessons on a Monday afternoon when we get to play the new glockenspiels paid for by FOSS. Thank you so much FOSS! Music at Staverton has been transformed!

Term 2 , Week 2- We have had a productive and interesting week. In Reading/English we are continuing to look at the book The Magician's Elephant by Kate DiCamillo. Using the text as our starting point we have been learning to write dialogue using the correct speech punctuation. In Maths we have moved from Addition to Subtraction and have been applying calculation methods to real-life problems.

We have started our new topic block which is a Geography one. Our central question is: 

'What are the topographical features of the UK and of our local area?' We have started looking at maps and learning key vocabulary. 

We have started a new PSHE scheme called Jigsaw and this week we enjoyed a calming circle time session in which we each talked about times when we have felt both included and excluded. Jigsaw comes with a cuddly toy for each class which we enjoyed passing round!

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We have been enjoying learning how to play rugby in our PE lessons!
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Thank you Otters for dressing up for Children in Need and for taking part in the Joe Wicks fitness challenge. How wonderful that as a school we raised £264!
Term 2, Week 1- Welcome back everyone! This term has begun with the children writing some wonderful essays on our most recent topic 'Life Cycles' and presenting some fabulous homework. Well done Otters!
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Term 1, Week 6 

This week we have been rounding numbers to the nearest thousand in Maths and plotting 4 figure numbers on numberlines. Otters enjoyed their lesson with Mrs Ibison in which they were putting numbers in ascending and descending order. We have been starting to plan a newspaper report in our English lessons and the children wrote some beautifully reflective flashbacks based on The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane.

We are becoming immersed in our Life Cycles topic and the children created some interesting non-chronological reports on classifying animals with descriptions of the characteristics of mammals, amphibians, reptiles, birds and fish.

 

 

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Term 1, Week 5-Well done Otters for demonstrating so many artistic skills and so much perseverance and focus as you completed your various printing activities. I'm hoping that you will be able to spot your work on one of the displays!
I have once again been so impressed with the quality of writing and in particular with the children's ability to write sentences that are beautifully constructed and express thoughtful ideas. We say that they are sentences that make our hearts sing! The children have been writing in response to our book The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane. We will be very sad to finish it this week as we have all enjoyed it very much.

Inside the shed there was a dirty cracked window and shattered glass on the floor. There was a broken bucket in the corner filled with water coming from the leaking roof. Maddie
Walking over jagged shards of glass, Bryce gave Edward to Sarah Ruth. Charlie
Smiling at Bryce, Sarah Ruth gave Edward a gentle hug.Jensen
Tenderly and gently, Sarah-Ruth rocked Edward in her arms as if he were a baby. Morgan
Grabbing the wood, Bryce threw the logs into the fire to make the room warmer and they all watched the flames rise. Sonny.
Outside the shed, there was heavy rain hitting the door. Katie.

 

Stomping in angrily, he picked up Edward with his clammy, dirty hands.  
Staring venomously around the room, the father's eyes were full of rage. MATTY
From outside, a lightning bolt illuminated Bryce and Sarah Ruth's father. Glaring once more and clenching his knuckles, the father left. Whimpering like a dog, Sarah Ruth slid under the covers and out of sight. WILF
Sarah Ruth and Bryce were cuddled up in bed while the fire was crackling. Out of the shadows the father appeared. FALLON
Hearing footsteps, Bryce looked up to see a furious looking man.His rage exploded like a volcano erupting.RUBY
The quiet was broken by stamping.He was a big man with a murderous voice which echoed around the room. RUBEN
The man's face clouded with rage and anger as Bryce said,'Get off him. He belongs to Sarah.' The man's anger exploded like a volcano. Furiously, he swung his arm back and hit Bryce in the face. TOBIAS
The man barged through the door with a thunderous growl, scaring the children. RILEY
Suddenly the door swung open. It was the father.His mouth was twisted into a venomous snarl. Raging at Bryce, he snapped furiously. Tenderly, Bryce rocked Sarah Ruth. HARRY

 

This week we started out new topic 'Life Cycles.' Here we are enjoying some wonderful books on the topic, on loan to us from The Wiltshire Library Service.
Term 1, Week 4- This week we finished our Printing topic with some beautifully presented essays. In the essays, the children described various printing processes and talked about two artists whose work we had looked at-Andy Warhol and Rembrandt. The essays also included photographs of the children's own artwork.
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On Friday afternoon, we created some underwater-inspired batiks using glue and fabric paints. Here we are, hard at work having to really concentrate and focus!
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Here are some of the finished batiks (which got taken home for me to wash and iron!)
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We had great fun in numeracy this week, comparing and ordering numbers on a spiral numberline.

We had great fun in numeracy this week, comparing and ordering numbers on a spiral numberline.  1
We had great fun in numeracy this week, comparing and ordering numbers on a spiral numberline.  2
We had great fun in numeracy this week, comparing and ordering numbers on a spiral numberline.  3
TERM 1 Week 3- This week we have been learning to start sentences in a variety of ways, focusing mainly on verbs and adverbs. In Maths we have been learning to partition numbers and today (Friday) the children were tested on the times table of their choice. Twenty correct answers in a minute! Several children were able to colour in an apple on their tree. Well done for working hard on your tables Otters. Once learnt, never forgotten remember!
How lovely it was to be outside in the autumn sunshine enjoying a game of hockey!
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We have been extending and developing our printmaking skills this week. We created landscapes on styrofoam sheets by scoring into the surface with a pencil. We were proud of the results.
Look at our beautiful artwork!

TERM 1 WEEK 2- This week we have been rounding numbers to the nearest 10 and 100, writing character descriptions in English and continuing to enjoy our wonderful class book 'The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane.'

The children have been using phrase banks to help them write more creatively and descriptively. Here are some examples of fabulous descriptive writing:

 

Edward was left directly staring at a giant of a man. He had a broad smile and a sunburnt face. Edward was comforted by the old man's calm, deep voice. The man's eyes were lost within his wrinkles. Oliver

 

Edward lay under the covers looking at Pellegrina. She held the book with her cold, bony hands. Her voice, as she read the story was as smooth as silk. Her eyes were large and ice-grey and her skin was like thin, crumpled paper. Lexie

 

The man's clothes were tattered and worn. He had deep, mysterious eyes which were sapphire blue. When the man spoke Edward could see his stained, chipped teeth. He had a dry rasping voice which made Edward shiver. Ruben

 

The fisherman was a burly man with a big patch of stubble on the underside of his chin. His bright blue eyes dazzled everyone who looked at him. His clothes were tattered and worn and his skin was orange from the endless days at sea in the burning sun. He smoked a pipe full of sweet smelling tobacco which he took a puff out of every few minutes. The man had a wooden leg and when he walked he limped a bit. The man's hair was tangled and knotted and his eyebrows were heavy and black. His voice was so quiet and over the years had become a husky murmur. Wilf

 

 

We have also been continuing to work on our Printing topic. This week we have been printing from string designs (based on our fruit observational drawings) and creating landscapes on styrofoam tiles.
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Term 1 Week 1

We have had a wonderful first few days back in school. Otters Class have been working hard and I think we're going to have a great year!

These are the adults who will be working with the Otters this year:

Class Teacher: Mrs Gurr

PPA Teacher (Thursday mornings) : Mrs Ibison

Teaching Assistants: Ms Hendry and Mrs Barham.

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It was lovely to meet up with the parents who were able to attend the after-school powerpoint presentation this evening. If you were unable to make it, the presentation is here:

The homework choices for the first homework task relate to our first topic which is Printing. Here is a copy of the homework and also the Knowledge Organiser which outlines the areas which will be covered.

This week we have enjoyed finding out about Roman Numerals and playing a matching game. Next week we will be looking at Rounding in Maths.
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We have started thinking about creating printing blocks for our art topic and have taken inspiration from fruits. We cut various fruits in half and did some careful observational drawing.
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We have been enjoying working together!
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On Friday we started learning how to play hockey!
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