Welcome to Otter Class!
We are very excited to get to know you and your children. Below you will find information which will guide you through your child’s first term in Otter Class.
Class Teachers: Mrs Akers
Teaching Assistants: Mrs Kirby
Children can enter the classroom from 8:30 via the front (Year 3) and back (Year 2) playground. We encourage the children to put away their own belongings. Children will join the rest of the school for break time at 10:25/30 until 10:45. The Y2 children can be collected from the back playground at 15:10 and the Y3 children may be collected from the front playground at 15:15.
Due to the nature of being a split Key Stage class we ensure that the children have the opportunity to play with friends in their year group and they are not separated at these very important social times of the day. Year 2 will have the opportunity to play on the back playground with the other Year 2 children in Turtle Class. Year 3 will have the opportunity to play on the front playground with their Year group in Dolphin Class on a daily basis. This is very important to allow children to maintain friendships.
Each day the children will require their bag with their snack, drink and lunchbox if they are having packed lunch. When the children begin taking home books they will need to bring their reading pack each day as well. Please ensure all of your child's belongings are clearly named. PE kit is no longer required in school as it is worn on a Tuesday and Thursday as their school uniform. If for any reason this changes, we will contact you via the Google Platform and school email.
Your child may bring their own pencil case with a pencil, rubber, sharpener, blue handwriting pen (Y3 only, Blue Berol is recommended) and fountain pen (Y3 only) with blue ink cartridges (we recommend a Lamy or a Parker). Year 2 will use pencil for writing. Year 3 will earn their pen licence during the year and you will be notified when they are ready for their fountain pen. We welcome any independent practice at home in preparation. All other equipment will be provided. PLEASE NOTE: Biros, gel pens and other ink based implements for writing are not permitted.
If your child required medication a form must be completed at the school office so the school has clear direction on how and when to administer. Please hand any medication directly to a member of staff rather than your child so we can store it correctly and securely. We are more than happy to help if your child needs medication given for a short period such as antibiotics - again we just need a form completed and the medication.
All information on your child's curriculum and letters can be found on the Google Classroom Platform which will open on the 13th of September. You will receive a letter regarding how the platform works on the 10th of September. To provide user support there will be a drop-in session on the 22nd of September from 15:30 in the Otter Classroom.
For uniform information please click here
For information our diary of events please click here
For information our school homework policy click here
Please ensure that your child brings in warm clothes and are appropriately dressed for the weather that day. Children MUST have a pair of wellies in school to wear. Please do not provide them with clothing that you are unhappy to get muddy or dirty. Forest school is all about getting muddy!
For information about Forest School and the learning intentions please click here
A Final Note from the Otter Class team
We hope your child has the most enjoyable year but if there is ever a concern with their social or academic needs please do not hesitate to contact the school through the office and use 'FAO - Otter Class' in the subject bar. We are of course available to talk in the morning and afternoons during drop off and pick up times too.