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Friday 3rd April 2020


Good morning Otter class,


Well we made it to the Easter holidays, I am glad we managed to fit in our Easter egg hunt in before we finished school but I wonder how many of you have managed to keep your egg ready for Easter Sunday! I know this has been a very strange last couple of weeks learning at home but I think you are all thriving and being rather outstanding otters, just as I knew you would be.  We have not managed to have the usual Easter celebrations that we would of had at school, which would have included our Easter service where we would have told the Easter story and thought about the importance of this time to Christians. I  hope that you will all find time for some quiet reflection to think about the special people in our lives that are there to look after us, those we know and those that we don't. Maybe you joined in  yesterday's  Clap for Carers, recognising and thanking our amazing NHS workers, sometimes it is important to say 'Thank you', a simple but powerful prayer. 

I wish you all a happy holiday and I really hope to see you all very soon.


Mrs Elilio


Thursday 2nd April 2020


Good morning Otter class,


Hope you are all well this morning, I enjoyed seeing photos yesterday of some of the seeds that you planted growing already. We will be doing some more science today and looking at the different parts of plants. You will be looking at a wonderful animation from a fantastic website  lots of amazing clips for your curious minds! 


Have a fantastic day


Mrs Elilio

Wednesday 1st April 2020


Good morning Otter class,


Thank you for all your updates on what you are all up to  I am trying to collect as many of the pictures as I can and put them on our class pages for you all to see so keep checking! Today, you will be drawing a story map for your defeating the monster story but for those enthusiastic writers who have already written fabulous stories I have added a new task onto the  English planning so check for that. Those of you that like to plan and write stories, look at for some great pictures to give you story plot ideas.


Have a wonderful day

Mrs Elilio

Tuesday 31st March 2020


Good morning Otter class,


What a wonderful morning! I hope you are all well, I really enjoyed catching up with some of your pictures yesterday. I was especially impressed by some of the sketching work you did on Friday. You looked like you had really listened carefully and your still life pictures were bought to life by your edging and shading pencil work. Well done. I had an audio clip of Dougie playing the recorder, again such improvement. I hope you managed to begin your application for your Blue Peter music badge, and for those without printers if you  email me today or tomorrow, I am in school on Thursday and could print out copies and send them on. 

Have a look at what you need to do to apply for the other badges as I am sure with all of your talents you would be deserving of quite a few.

Have a super day Otters

Mrs Elilio

Monday 30th March 2020


Good morning Otter class, 


I hope you all had a relaxing weekend and are ready for another week of home learning! I am sure that you have all established a routine in you house and so the lessons I send should be completed throughout the day in the way that suits you and your family. Are you all starting the day with Joe Wicks? Did you have a go at completing his challenge of writing your own workout? I think that is a great idea and one that we might use when we get back to school so be sure to keep yours. 

Have a great day

Mrs Elilio

Otter class - Home learning Week 1

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Friday 27th March 2020


Good morning Otter class, well we have come to the end of our first week of home learning and I hope it has been a good one for you all. I can see that you are all doing and learning such new and exciting things with your families and that makes me so happy. I will keep trying to plan interesting lessons for you to do at home and would encourage you to keep learning using all the wonderful free live lessons that are out at the moment including dancing lessons, music, maths, science investigations, cooking. 

Have a wonderful weekend Otter class

Mrs Elilio

Thursday 26th March 2020


Good morning Otter class, another wonderful update from so many of you yesterday about what you have  made, planted and played. You really are the most creative and imaginative class!  I was in school yesterday with Seren and Connie and we completed the Joe Wicks workout which left us out of breath but we really enjoyed it. I hope you are all spending lots of time outside in this wonderful sunshine finding the first signs of Spring in your garden.


Have a wonderful day Otters

Mrs Elilio

Wednesday 25th March 2020

Good morning Otter class! Thank you all for the wonderful pictures that you have sent of your learning, I am so very impressed by your attitude and determination to keep working. I am very proud of you all. I will be sure to share all the pictures at the end of the week so you can see what your class mates have been up to. 

Tuesday 24th March


Good morning Otter class

Monday 23rd March 2020

Good morning Otter Class, hope you have had a lovely weekend and really treated your wonderful mothers yesterday! 

So our first day of online learning! 

We learnt all about Grace Darling during the last 2 weeks and her heroic efforts in saving 9 souls from the stormy seas. We talked about where we wanted to go with our learning and you were all very keen to think more about the role of the lighthouse. We looked at a map of the U.K and where they are positioned. Maybe you could use Google maps to visit some! 

Task - I would like you to look at the power point, read all the facts and look at the pictures of the different style of lighthouses. Your task, as we discussed, is to apply the features and make your own in any way you choose. You had very creative ideas of a 'cake' lighthouse, lego, or junk modelling.  Continue your research and then, using your learning journal,  write your own information report on lighthouses, grouping your information under headings

Introduction - What they are, what they do, where they are found, the very first one

What will I find at a lighthouse - The different parts of the lighthouse

The role of a lighthouse keeper

Amazing facts.

Include additional headings depending on what you find out. 

Please work to finish this by the end of the week and send picture of your models and written work so I can upload on to our class website! 



Lighthouse powerpoint

Monday 23rd March


Maths - Click on this link to play play this creative game finding 10 and 20 .

We have had a great Book week! What a lot we had going on. Have a look at some of the pictures of our activities.

We started off with a visit from author Gillian McClure. We loved her books and bought some for our class library.

We had a great dance workshop where we had to be the  'Revolting children' from Matilda! 


Fabulous costumes on World book day! 
We looked at the importance of illustrations in books and how they bring the characters to life. We loved Quentin Blake's illustrations and followed a tutorial showing us how to draw Willy Wonka. The children wanted to try drawing more illustrations and created the most amazing work! 

Homework - 24th January 2020


We have looking at odd and even numbers this week and playing this game.

For homework this week you can play the game below to find out more about the Great Fire of London! 
We have been counting in 2s, 5s and 10s this week and learning to identify multiples of our times tables. We have enjoyed playing this game in class and the children were very keen to be able to play it at home too!
We had an exciting visit today from the Saffron Walden firefighters and their fire engine. We learnt that in 1666, when the Great Fire of London happened, there was no fire service and people had to use buckets to try to put the fires out. The children were able to see how fires are put out today. They had lots of questions answered and were able to climb into the engine and some children were able to have a go at using the hose!  
As you know, we have been skipping daily since September. Every child has improved so much in their technique, speed, endurance and fitness. We conclude our skipping session with a 'mad minute' to see how many skips we can do in this time. We were invited to enter the Uttlesford Year 2 skipping challenge and record our skip count in one minute. We entered our results and heard today that our hard work has won us two gold medals for Isaac and Hattie, with Connie and Kyler winning silver. Well done Otter class, everyone of you should be proud of your skipping skills.
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This week we have made our own handmade soap! Mrs Henderson bought in herbs and fragrant plants which we added along with some essential oil to make their own soap as a gift to someone in their family! 
On Thursday 5th December, Otter class took part in the KS1 cheerleading event at Flitch Green. We had been working hard to make sure our routine was perfect and it was because we achieved 1st place! The children have worked as a team to create a great routine and performed it with confidence. They were delighted with their win and the whole school are so proud of them. 
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How do animals keep warm in Antarctica? We have been finding out about penguins and seals but we wanted to know how they manage to live on and in the seas around the coldest place on Earth! We used margarine as blubber and compared the effect on our hand in icy water, with and without a layer of fat to protect us from the cold.

We had a wonderful day at Hatfield Forest. We  went on a fungi hunt and found out all about the plants and animals that live in the woods. We worked in teams to read maps and find the clues to solve a riddle.  

We found out that the oldest tree was over 1000 years old!

Otter class skipping superstars! Our daily skipping sessions are really helping us to develop stamina and become speed skippers! 
We have been using an atlas to locate and label the countries, oceans and seas of the UK. We made a puzzle to help us with our learning. 
More clay otters were made today! 

Making our clay otters!  Group 1 

The children concentrated so hard to capture the shape and detail of real otters. Group 2 are looking forward to making theirs next week and I know they are going to be 'Outstanding Otters' 

Today the children have been using their homework research sheets to write up an information leaflet all about otters!

The children have produced the most wonderful work full of the most amazing otter facts! 


Otter class 2019!


We have all enjoyed getting to know each other and welcoming our new Radwinter pupils

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