We welcome all children back to Whitfield Aspen School from Monday March 8th
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Welcome to Otter Class!

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Miss Morinan (Class teacher)

Supported by Mrs Watson & Miss Smitherman

Happy Easter

The children have spent this week doing all things Easter and we finished the afternoon off with an Easter egg hunt in the sensory garden! They have taken home all their creations and a little sweet treat from us adults in Otter class. We hope you have a lovely Easter break and finally get to spend some quality time with your families in the garden!

Best wishes,

Miss Morinan, Mrs Watson and Miss Smitherman


Easter Egg Hunt

Merry Christmas

We just wanted to say that we hope that you all have a fantastic and safe Christmas! It has been a great term for Otter Class and watching them work so hard and have fun in unusual circumstances has been a pleasure. We would also like to take this opportunity to thank you for your continued support at home with their learning!

Have fun and enjoy the pictures below!

We hope you enjoyed the class Christmas otter calendars!!!
This week has been our first big write! The class have been working hard to retell the story of The Gingerbread Man. We even had some surprise visitors caught on camera early in the morning before the children arrived! 


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The class have been learning about Queen Elizabeth II and her coronation. To relive the moment they watched footage of her crowning ceremony and made their own royal crowns!

The Gingerbread Man

This week we have begun to learn our new story 'The Gingerbread Man'. The class have had to learn the actions to help them to remember and retell the story. They have also created story maps and three of our Otters have been chosen for the achievement video next week because of the work they have completed! Next week we will be continuing with the same story, building up to our first independent big write the week after!

We have also made some of our own gingerbread men!

This week, we have been focusing on the book 'Monty and the Poodles' by Katie Harnett. We have been learning about how to write instructions to help someone to wash a dog, just like Monty in the book! This involved washing a dog in class (a teddy of course) just to check each step was correct! Today the class were very excited to meet the author of the book through web cam and to be able to ask her lots of questions. They also got to take part in Katie's 'learn to draw' class!

Rainbow Words

The children will have a colour to practise reading and spelling at home. The children will then be tested on these words to see if they can read and write them before move on to the next colour. Once the children have completed their rainbow words there will be new words to practise.

Halloween Fun!

Today in Art we have made moving pictures of spiders on their webs! The class have painted their paper plate and learnt how to draw a spider's web with chalk. They then created a googly eyed spider with fangs to live on it!

This week in Maths we have been learning our number bonds to 10. We have used numicon, counters and tens frames, multilink and rainbow bond sheets. To finish the week we have created number bond rainbow clouds to see if we could remember our number bond sentences!

Children could also play the hit the button number bond game to practise further (link below).

Continuing our Autumn theme in art, we have made animal pictures using natural resources collected in forest school. The children decided on what animal they wanted to create and then looked at the shapes of leaves and twigs in order to create it. Below is a small selection of the outcome!
In art today we have made autumn hedgehogs out of printed leaves from last weeks art lesson. The children have cut out out the leaf prints used them to create the hedgehog's spikes! 

Otter Class have had a fun afternoon in Science where they have been able to name and explore the 5 senses. They have taken part in an activity for each sense…

Taste – trying a variety of different foods from lemon to sweets.

Touch – feeling corn flour before and after adding water.

Sight – trying to find Wally with a magnify glass.

Smell – sniffing a range of sniffing pots from onion to mint.

Hearing – playing guess the animal from the sound.

In Maths this week we are working on adding two single digit numbers together. We have been using numicon and counters to help us to work out the answers and are beginning to record number sentences on our whiteboards. 
This week we have started a new book, 'Funnybones'. The children have been learning to retell the story fluently as a class, in pairs and independently. We have been learning actions to help us and have also been sequencing picture cards to help us remember the main parts of the story.
Today we have been discussing the changing of seasons and how we can look at the weather and nature around us to show how summer changes into autumn. We have looked at photos of autumn trees and discussed the changing colours of the leaves. The class have created their own autumn tree with tissue paper.
In Maths this week we have been working on counting and recognising numbers 0-20. We have completed a range of activities using numicon, counters, multilink and matching cards and begun to write numbers 11-20.
This week in Literacy we have created our own plasticine monsters. We have been describing them to each other verbally and have begun to try to write simple sentences about our monster.

In Maths this week, we having been focusing on number formation from 0-10. Children have completed a range of activities such as chalking and water painting the numbers on the playground, creating rainbow numbers with pencils and pom poms and finger painting over the numbers. They have also been learning rhymes to help them remember how to correctly form each number (link below).


In Literacy, we have started reading the book 'The Colour Monster'. We have been exploring the different emotions within the book such as feeling happy, sad, worried, loved, etc. Today, we were focusing on how we can keep calm and relax and have enjoyed making mindfulness jars!