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Welcome to Year 2

Otters Diary - Keeping you up to date with what we have been learning about.


This week in Otters, we have been thinking about different animals and their habitats! We matched lots of different animals to the places they live, and then thought about how these animals are specially designed to live in these places. We know that mice normally live in the woods, but in English we’ve been reading a book in English about a mouse called Samson who sneakily boarded the Titanic, as he wanted to get to New York! We used words with –ful and –ness  suffixes to help us write about how he might have been feeling at different points in the story.

We have also been learning all about the Titanic in our Topic lessons. In particular, we have been learning the story of the Titanic and thinking about what life might have been like on board the ship.

In Maths we have been practising subtraction of tens and ones using number lines to help us. We’ve been working really hard!


Happy New Year!

In Otters we have started the new term with learning about Growth Mindset. We thought about the Charlie and Lola stories by Lauren Childs and noticed that Charlie is usually the most positive character who encourages Lola to think about how she could be less negative, and how she could challenge herself. We decided we woud like to be more like Charlie rather than Lola. Lola often moans; especially in the story called 'I am too absolutely small for school!'. Here are some things we could say if we are feeling negative; 

  • I could try another way 
  • There's always Plan B
  • Mistakes help me learn 
  • How could I make this my best? 

We also thought about our new years' resolutions. We chose things that would help us at home or in school. 

Some of Miss Fewtrell's favourites were;

  • I will listen to my parents more carefully 
  • I will work on my swimming skills
  • I will eat fewer sweets and try more fruit
  • I will work on my spelling skills

Also this week we presented our class assembly, we hope you enjoyed listening to what we've been up to! 

Miss Fewtrell was very proud of us!





It is a magical last week in Otter class! 

So far we have had a great time creating our own nativity shadows scenes. Miss Fewtrell thought they were lovely! 


And we have enjoyed a jolly Christmas party today! We got to wear our Xmas jumpers and join in with all sorts of crafts. We even had a disco! The teachers said they enjoyed our funky dance moves! 

And you'll never guess who came to see us...?! 

Yes!! Santa!! 

He brought us some wonderful gifts which we can't wait to play with. 


Otters wish everyone a very Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year! 


The Nativity through shadow puppets


This week we have been thinking about what candle light represents in different faiths. We first looked at advent in Christianity, and then the Jewish celebration of Hanukkah.

In art we noticed that candles can also create interesting shadows. We looked at some artists’ work so we could consider how we could make our own shadow images. Our favourite artist was Kumi Yamashita.

We especially loved watching the Attraction theatre group who made shadows and silhouettes with their bodies. We thought it was amazing!

After, we had great fun on our shadow hunt around school. Back in the classroom we used torches and the projector to practise making shapes. We noticed if you move closer to the light your shadow will be larger, and the further away you are the smaller the shadow will be.

We are looking forward to creating our own images next week! 

Shadow theatre of Attraction with a Great British montage | Final 2013 | Britain's Got Talent 2013

The winning performance from Attraction shadow theatre brings a potted history of Great Britain to the BGT final stage. See the Queen herself make an appearance.


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Throughout our topic learning this half term we have been learning about where we are in the world.

The Go Jetters took us on a journey around the United Kingdom this week!

We visited all of the four countries (England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales) and saw what it was like in their capital cities. We noticed on the aerial photograph that cities are the brightest areas because they are the busiest, and full of buildings. 

We used maps, photographs, postcards and videos to find out what we could see and do in the cities. Then we created posters to tell the Go Jetters what they could visit.

We would love to see the fish sculpture in Belfast in real life, or the amazing castle in Edinburgh.

Also we have been continuing to rehearse our Christmas play. We are very excited about performing in front of everyone very soon. Next week we get to practise in our costumes!

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We had great fun in our English learning yesterday. We decorated our own biscuits in the style of the 'Hansel and Gretel' house, and then used them to inspire our writing. We used noun phrases and similes to describe our setting. Miss Fewtrell was impressed with what we wrote. 

'Wow! Look at that! I can smell crunchy chocolate drops and delicious jelly tots. All around I can hear loud popping candy.'

- Annabelle 

'I had to try a bite! Amazing chocolate! Then I could hear popping candy like fireworks going boom!' 

- Toby. B 


Also this week, we have been visited by a lady from The Dog's Trust. She told us about how to look after our dogs safely, including those which belong to other people. Remember to always ask the owner before you stroke their dog! We played some games to help us remember lots of the key facts. Maybe you could quiz us at home? 



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This week in Otters we have had lots of fun.

Miss Fewtrell said there was some breaking news! We discovered some unusual items in the story telling area outside our classroom. There were baskets, cloaks, a tea set, and lots of other fairy tale paraphernalia. We discussed what all fairy tales have the same, for example they are all set in the forest, they have animals who can talk, and each have a problem. Now in English we are focusing on the story of Hansel and Gretel; we became story tellers and retold the story. We also met the witch and decided she really isn't a very nice character. 



What did we find in the story telling area outside the classroom?

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This week we have completed our Autumn poems. Miss Fewtrell loved reading them! 

Also in our Maths learning we have been singing our 2, 5 and 10 timetables. Can you test us at home?

In our topic learning we found out that we live in the county of Hampshire. Hampshire has lots of different places to visit. We created our own maps and included a key so we could show what is there.

What can you spot?




It has been a lovely week back at school for Otters.

In English we are thinking about autumn time. We have been learning skills to help us write our own autumn poems.

We went on a welly walk and used our senses to collect adjectives which we used in our sentences.

Some of Miss Fewtrell’s favourites from this week are;

‘The golden leaves rustled like a crackling fire.’

‘The sweet apple pie bubbled in the boiling oven.’

‘The thick mud squelched like peanut butter in your mouth.’

Lots of us have been getting into the spirit of autumn and have enjoyed celebrating Halloween. We told our ‘tick’ or treating’ tales in class and described the creepy characters we dressed as.

Also we have started to learn the songs for our Christmas play. We’re all very excited, and are enjoying learning and rehearsing our lines.
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We have had a week full of exciting learning in Otters!

We had a great time researching and designing our own moving toys. We used axles made from straws so that our wheels would spin. We are very proud of what we created!
On Wednesday we enjoyed a pantomime show of Jack and The Beanstalk. We had a good boogie and sing along! There were some very interesting characters; we thought some of them were lovely but we were scared of the giant and Squire Bogie! Miss Fewtrell was very pleased with our retelling of the story back in our classroom.

We ended the week by sharing information about our parents’ toys from the past. We loved looking at how they worked and hearing about what they were like. Thank you for telling us about them!

It has been a great half term and we are looking forward to the next one! Christmas is coming…


Otters have had a busy week.

In our Maths learning we have been using our number bond, and tens and ones knowledge to answer addition and subtraction number sentences. We have used number lines to help us check our answers. We even tried to mark some of Miss Fewtrell's work. She made some 'silly sausage' mistakes! 

Also, in English lessons we had great fun making marmalade sandwiches for Paddington Bear. We even wrote instructions for Mrs Bird who looks after him. Hopefully she now knows how to make the perfect sandwiches for Paddington too!


This week in Otters we have been continuing to use our partitioning skills in our Maths learning.

We have used our knowledge of 2 digit numbers to compare them and say which ones are bigger than others. We used the equipment to help us.

When thinking about our learning question ‘How have toys changed over time?’ we looked at how Winnie the Pooh teddy bears have changed over time. In the past he looked very different! We prefer how he looks now.

Also, we have been enjoying writing about Paddington Bear. We think he is a funny character! We have practised writing different sentence types such as questions and statements.

Our favourite thing about this week has been our science experiment! We tested which is the best waterproof material. We needed to know so we can choose which one to use to protect the outside toys when it rains. 

"I Am Absolutely Too Small for School" by Lauren Child | Read Along with WILF Books

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Otters have had a great week! We have enjoyed ‘European Languages Day’ and our Harvest Festival Assembly.

We learnt about France and the French language. We found out some of the French names for 2D shapes. Some of them sound very similar to how we say them in English! Also, we used maps to locate some of France’s most famous landmarks. The Eiffel Tower in the capital Paris was our favourite!

In preparation for the assembly we wrote some acrostic poems. Take a look at some of them below!


H is for happy helping hands.

A is for amazing apples.

R is for ripe raspberries.

V is for very yummy vegetables.

E is for excellent farmers.

S is for sweet scrumptious sweetcorn.

T is for tasty tomatoes.


By Toby L 


H is for helping hands.

A is for juicy apples.

R is for raspberries.

V is for very yummy vegetables.

E is for excellent farmers.

S is for sour strawberries.

T is for tea leaves.


By Penny 




It has been another busy week in Otters' class.

We have been learning how to partition numbers into tens and ones, and how to use these skills to help us find ten more, and ten less than a number. In English we have been reading a story called Old Bear, it is by Jane Hissey. We have learned how to write expanded noun phrases about the characters; we think Little Bear is very cute! 

Also, in Science we have started to think about different materials and how we could sort them into different groups.  



Old Bear by Jane Hissey


In Otters this week we found out what our new topic is. We are going to be learning about how toys have changed over time. We have had great fun looking at everyone’s toys from home.  Now we are looking forward to finding out more about toys from the past!

In English we have been looking at teddy bears and choosing suitable adjectives to describe them when writing our sentences.

Also, Miss Fewtrell has been impressed with our Maths learning. We have been practising our number bonds to 20 and counting in 2s, 5s and 10s.



Maths Information Evening November 2017

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