Category Archives: Otters

Hampshire Fare

Posted by Heather Smith in Koalas, Otters, Puffins

Our school was selected by Hampshire Fare to be their school to celebrate and promote British Food Fortnight. We had an exciting morning with three food producers from Hampshire Fare. The children in Puffin, Otter and Koala classes found out about different types of food production. They got the opportunity to help make some smoked trout pate with Butler Country Estates and then (the bit they were all waiting for!) to taste it. Owton Butchers showed us all how to make healthy and tasty burgers and chicken nuggets and the children again got hands on helping to make them. As there wasn’t time to cook these we didn’t get a chance to try the finished product but they looked fabulous. Our final producer was from Laverstoke Farm where they make buffalo mozzarella. There were mixed reactions to the tasting as some children found it too salty. All in all it was a busy but fun morning and it’s fair to say that we all learnt a lot more about our food and where it comes from.

Icky Dooh Dah

Posted by Heather Smith in Otters

Koala, Otter and Puffin class all enjoyed a very exciting morning with the author and illustrator Simon Murray. Simon told us his memorable real life experience, that he had 15 years ago, which inspired his fascinating story book Icky Dooh Dah. Later on, Simon visited each class and led a guided drawing session, emphasising the importance of detail, texture and contrast. We created our own pop up cross section of an attic featuring our very own mischievous Icky Doo Dah creatures! He taught us how to draw with perspective and to include meanings hidden in the detail in our pictures. We were all very proud of our efforts.

May the FORCE be with you!

Posted by Heather Smith in Otters

In Otter class over the last few weeks, we have been really busy learning how magnets work.

We now know that:

  • Magnets have two poles- North and South.
  • They work the same underwater as they do in air.
  • You cannot see a magnet working- it has an invisible force
  • Magnets attract and repel each other
  • Not all materials are magnetic- not even all coins are magnetic, even though they’re metal.
  • Magnets can work through materials, such as wood, plastic and paper –this means they don’t need to make contact with the magnetic material.

Arts Week

Posted by Heather Smith in Otters

This week we finally completed sewing our bags for Design and Technology, where we used running stitch to attach two pieces of felt together. Then we added buttons to fasten the felt together and a handle. Some of us chose to add pockets or a design that related to Geography.

In addition to this we learnt about the skills that Graphic designers use to create, posters, leaflets, prospectuses and more. We did this, by using symbols from Anglo-Saxon jewellery and considered how to frame them, overlay them, create patterns and add colour for effect. We think we did rather well at this and all have future careers in the Arts.

We created some designs to see them click  here

Heroes and beasts

Posted by Heather Smith in Koalas, Otters

Over the last few weeks in Otter and Koala class, we have been enjoying learning all about King Arthur and discovering characters from myths and legend stories.

We have learnt how to create magical and eerie settings with powerful description; how to add tension with short sentences, and how to help our hero/heroine battle strange obstacles and beasts.

We had great fun finally writing our own stories and letting our imaginations run wild!


History artefact box

Posted by Heather Smith in Otters

Otter and Koala class have had a great time learning about the Anglo Saxons this half term.

On Tuesday 4th, we had a fantastic artefact box to explore. There were things that the Anglo Saxons used that we still use today, such as instruments for spinning wool, coins and sewing needles- though ours aren’t made out of bone anymore!

We even had some example clothes to see what out would have been like to live as an Anglo Saxon.  The outer cloaks were made of wool and a but itchy, but very warm.