Forrest View


Welcome to Otters class.


Our names are Mrs James and Mrs Cousins and we are the class teachers of Otters. Mrs James teaches at the start of the week and Mrs Cousins teaches every Thursday and Friday.  The other adults who will be working in our classroom during the week are Mrs Mansell, Miss Carruthers and Miss Prawl. 


We will begin this year by focusing on the story ‘The Little Red Hen’. We will spend time getting to know the story using role play and story-telling. While studying this book, we will also focus on CPHSE in particular developing friendships and the importance of helping others and being kind. We will also spend time recapping the school and classroom rules. 


The topic title for the rest of the term will be ‘Blast from the Past’. During this time, we will focus on The Great Fire of London while developing the children’s historical knowledge and understanding of this significant event beyond living memory. As the fire started in a bakery in Pudding Lane, to hook and excite the children into learning about the fire we will set up our own Forest View bakery where the children will experience life as a baker and make Fire of London cakes/bread. We will then continue to explore what life would have been like in London during this time, when and where the fire started and why the fire spread so quickly. We will also look at Samuel Pepys’ diary and use this as a basis for our own writing. Towards the end of the term we will look at toys and how they have changed in living memory.  We will be visiting the Dean Heritage centre where we will focus on Victorian toys.   


We will continue the theme of The Great Fire of London through many other areas of the curriculum. In Music, we will listen to a range of high quality recorded music and use our voices creatively when singing the nursery rhyme London’s burning. During Art, we will look at different artists that have created art based on the great fire of London and compare their styles of art.  We will then be creating our own versions. In DT we are looking at the style of houses during the Great Fire of London and designing and making our own house structure which we will then put together to recreate the burning of the Great Fire of London. We will investigate materials and their properties in Science and carry out investigations to find which materials are the most waterproof. 


Otters PE days are Tuesday and Thursday so please ensure that your child wears their PE kit to school on these days.  


Homework will be set at the start of the term on Seesaw. Children can upload their work to Seesaw at the end of the term or as they finish each task. If you would prefer a paper copy of the homework please contact the school to arrange this.  Children will receive rewards for completed homework tasks. 

It is also essential that you hear your child read daily and support them with their phonics. An R1 will be given each time your child reads at home and a raffle ticket issued for every 5 reads.  Please remember to sign their link book to let us know they have read and so they can progress up the Reach for the Stars reading ladder in the classroom. You can support us by helping your child to count in 2s, 5s and 10s and practice their spelling.


We look forward to an exciting and busy Autumn term filled with many engaging learning opportunities.