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Otters explore the Islamic concept of Tawhid through geometric tile designs.

 

Over the last two weeks, Otter class have been exploring the Islamic belief in Tawhid, that Allah is infinite and indefinable. We have looked at how geometric patterns have been used to explore the abstract concept of infinity, a classic feature of traditional Islamic art and design, and had a go at recreating some of the designs ourselves. The work was immensely challenging, with many tricky steps along the way, pushing the children's focus, resilience and behaviour-for- learning to the extreme: the results were frequently stunning.

Have a safe and happy Christmas!

 

As the holidays arrive, I would like to take this opportunity to wish a very merry Christmas and happy New Year to all the children and their families. I hope that the holidays bring some peace and time to relax, some happy times with friends and families, and an opportunity to reflect and collect at the passing of another year.

 

Kind regards and best wishes,

 

Ed King

14th December: Otter Class enjoyed making maths games to play with Badger Class

14th December: Otter Class enjoyed making maths games to play with Badger Class 1
14th December: Otter Class enjoyed making maths games to play with Badger Class 2
14th December: Otter Class enjoyed making maths games to play with Badger Class 3
14th December: Otter Class enjoyed making maths games to play with Badger Class 4
14th December: Otter Class enjoyed making maths games to play with Badger Class 5
14th December: Otter Class enjoyed making maths games to play with Badger Class 6
14th December: Otter Class enjoyed making maths games to play with Badger Class 7
14th December: Otter Class enjoyed making maths games to play with Badger Class 8

Cross country run at Thurston CC.

Some action shots and two proud lads.

Friday the 29th September saw Otter Class taking part in the cross country event hosted by Thurston Community College. Barnham put in a smashing performance coming in fourth place overall. Particular mention is needed for the following children: Elijah Haye - 7th placed boy; Joshua Brown - 10th place; Harvey Hutchinson - 15th place; Connor Shepherd - 19th place; and Ben Freese in 25th position. To place 20% of the top 25 out of about 180 children is fantastic, but the whole class deserve tremendous praise for their team work, effort, and the example they set when out as guests. A well deserved break at the weekend is in order!

Sugar beet sampling on the Euston Estate.

 

We started the year as we mean to go on today - bringing learning to life and getting out of the classroom at every opportunity!

 

The sugar beet harvest season has arrived, however it continues until March, and Euston needs to know the most profitable and practical order in which to harvest their crop before sending it off to Bury St Edmunds. Following on from some excellent work in previous years, the new Otters were invited to carry out the sampling, which saw teams of children identifying, digging, cleaning, weighing and recording representative samples of sugar beet across 23 fields on the estate. The work was carried out with gusto and enthusiasm in some challenging conditions, and we now have some excellent raw data to process in the coming weeks.

 

The results will be fed back to Mr Hawthorne from the Euston Estate and will include a proposed harvest schedule; projected crop yields per hectare; and projected sugar production per hectare. This will involve lots of delightful and challenging mathematics, including calculating mean averages, percentages as well as some fairly hefty multiplications. We love this kind of thing! 

Sugar beet sampling - Monday the 11th September.

September is here, and with it cooler mornings, longer nights, autumn colours, and of course, a return to school. This year sees Otter Class growing to 26 pupils with Mrs Nicholas and Mr King. PE will be on Monday afternoons with Mrs Shepperson, and on Tuesday afternoons, Forest Schools will commence with Mr Holman and Mrs Pointer week beginning 18th September. 

 

I am looking forward to getting to know my new Otters very much, and am excited about all the challenges and learning in the year ahead; it is always lovely to see a new year six group grow into the role-models and leaders they all are.

 

 

 

 

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