Otter Class

Otter Class

Hello and welcome to our page.

I will take this opportunity to introduce you to the team. I’m Kate, the class teacher and our class is supported by Lindsey and Sue.

Otters are very social animals and know that they work best as a group. As a class we share this trait and encourage each other through each of our North Ridge journeys. In Otter Class, we always treat each other with respect and have high expectations of ourselves and each other as we strive towards excellence in everything we do.

In our class, we offer a supportive environment where learners are encouraged towards being as independent as possible. We encourage students to learn the value of overcoming challenges and having the resilience to succeed when they make mistakes. Remember, FAIL stands for First Attempt In Learning!

We like to ensure that students enjoy their time in class as school should be among the best days of your life. Therefore, we encourage a balanced curriculum where they can blend academic and practical skills all of which will help them now and in the future.

Please continue to keep us updated via SeeSaw. It is also an amazing tool to show us WOW moments from home!

Week commencing 21/06/2021

This week Otter Class have been completing the Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Expedition.  They walked 6 miles on day one, and completed a short circuit on day two.  They camped overnight at Walesby Park.

Our intrepid explorers, as they began their adventure:

This week Otter Class have also been practising their independent living skills, where they cooked themselves a breakfast, and healthy lunch and prepared a snack.

Stars of Day this week go to:

Monday – Marcel

Tuesday – Emily

Wednesday –  Aleksei

Thursday –  Marcel

Friday – Emily

Star of the Week goes to:








Week commencing 14/06/2021

This week Otter Class have had a very busy week, and they have excelled themselves in Maths and English.

All the class have concentrated on their George and the Dragon work for cross curricular Art and English:

Otter Class have also be also been practicing their overarm throwing skills in Good Health, in preparation for Sports Day:


Stars of the Day this week go to:

Monday – Aleksei

Tuesday – Jake B

Wednesday – Oliver

Thursday – Emily

Friday – Simran

Star of the Week goes to:

Kaiden Crawshaw


Week commencing 07/06/2021

This week Otter Class successfully completed their ‘Mini First Aid’ programme.

They are able to follow the DRS ABC recommendations;  put a casualty into the recovery position; perform rescue breaths and perform CPR.  They can treat cuts and burns and help someone who may be choking.

Otters Starts of the day, for this week include:

Monday – Jake M

Tuesday – Kaiden

Wednesday – Marcel

Thursday – Simran

Friday – Connor

Otters Star of the WEEK goes to:

Simran, for her outstanding independent work this week.


Week commencing 17/05/2021

This week, we have been focusing on measuring in maths and letter writing in English about climate change and the environment. We have also practiced our D of E skills, cookery and some basic first aid. The class as a whole were fantastic at putting each other into the recovery position and we also had a go at some CPR.


Week commencing 10/05/2021

This week, we have been focusing on questioning in English and the group have managed to create some very interesting questions around events and places and people they admire and like. In maths we have done some fantastic work on addition and subtraction and I am really pleased with the effort put in by the whole class this week. As always, the class have produced some fantastic food in cookery and are now a very well-oiled machine. It is obvious that they have been doing this with you all at home so please continue the good work!


04.05.21 -07.05.21

This week, the class have shown us some amazing English work. We have been focusing on adjectives to describe a scene by using our senses. The class have been really creative with this and have pleasantly surprised us all with how well they have done. In maths we have been looking at addition and subtraction. We have introduced some new concepts and techniques with this and we have been very impressed with how quickly they have grasped this.


26.04.21 – 30.04.21

This week, the class have done some amazing work towards their ‘Art’s Award’ in English focusing on song writing. In maths we have been focusing on number bonds and addition using the column method. The class as a whole have really impressed in this area!

As always, we have had some fantastic work in DofE and cookery which will serve them all really well in the future.

Finally, a huge well done to Marcel for being our ‘Star of the Week.’ He has shown resilience and perseverance in his work and has grown in confidence in working within a new area.


19.04.21 – 23.04.21

Firstly, I just want to say a massive well done to all of the class this week. I know I say each week how hard of a choice it is to pick a star of the week but I’m pretty sure that this week each and everyone deserves it and it has not gone unnoticed by anyone in and around the school.

The group have really embraced teamwork this week and have all supported each other across the week be it using Trangias in their D of E work, working together in their cookery or in PE with our new sport ‘Dodrickders’ (the name is a work in progress but it is a cross between dodgeball, cricket and rounders).

We began working towards our Arts Award in song writing as part of our English work and the group have really surprised us with their musical and written talents! We will be continuing with this over the next couple of week to ensure that they receive their accreditation.

Finally, this week our star of the week is proving to be too difficult to decide and I am unable to come up with a winner at the time of writing due to too many deserved winners. The winner will be announced on SeeSaw as it will go down to the wire!



We’ve had a fantastic week back after a well-earned Easter break. The students have all come back refreshed and have hit the ground running.

This week, the class have really shown what they can do in all areas but they have particularly impressed in the kitchen. It is clear that many of them are doing this at home as they have shown themselves to be safe, efficient and, most importantly, their food looks amazing!

We would all like to wish Connor a belated Happy Birthday for last week. I know he isn’t one for fuss but we are saying it anyway!

Finally, our ‘Star of the Week’ this week goes to Connor. He has come back and picked up where he left off and really impressed us all!

Every single member of the class could fell slightly aggrieved that it isn’t them as a case could be made for everyone so if they keep this up the staff and I are really going to have some selection headaches in the weeks to come.




This week we have continued our work on time and writing news articles. The class have done amazingly well and have really started to have a good grasp of both concepts.

The group must have been practicing at home as the tent erecting skills have really come on over the past week. I’m sure that come the Duke of Edinburgh they will be able to get them up in no time at all come rain or shine!

Congratulations this week to Jake B for being our star of the week. He has done some amazing English and Maths work and has come on amazingly well in his own independence and life skills.

Have a good Easter everyone!


15.03.21 – 19.03.21

This week we have had a focus on writing news articles in English around an area of interest. The students planned their writing from scratch and formally completed their report later in the week. We have also focused on time in maths which is also a fantastic life skill for everyone to have. The students enjoyed throwing sponges at staff as part of Red Nose Day and we raised lots of money while doing it.

Congratulations this week to Emily for doing ‘the double!’ Emily had been off school for over a year and came back to school and fitted straight back into everything and it was like she had never been away. In recognition of this she won both ‘Star of the Week’ and ‘The Headteacher’s Award’ Well Done!



08.03.21 – 12.03.21

This week we have continued to look at real life super heroes including the personal heroes of the individual students and the students themselves looking at why they are heroes. We have encouraged them to look at their own skills and achievements (their superpowers), things they still need help with (powers they can work on) and who can help them (their sidekicks).

In maths we have been looking at shapes and symmetry and the class as ever have really impressed in this area.

We have practiced our DofE skills including putting up tents and the sleeping bag challenge where students are timed in a head to head battle on who can pack away their sleeping bag. Every student did the challenge in very good time and all should be proud but Aleksei was the overall winner. I’m sure everyone else in the class will be looking to win next time!

As always, the class have really impressed in cookery and have got the skills to make their own snacks at home (although some supervision may be required if using the oven, hob or sharp tools) or to help prepare breakfast in bed for Mother’s Day!

Congratulations this week to Aleksei for being our star of the week. He has worked really hard in English and maths but has really impressed all of us with his leadership skills and for his skills in the kitchen. Well done!

Finally, a Happy Birthday from all of us to Simran. We hope you had a great day with lots of cake and presents!



01.03.21 – 05.03.21

We have had a really busy week in class this week and the class have really impressed all of us with their hard work in all areas. As you know, we have been focusing on real life super heroes as part of our topic work and we have used this when researching and writing about Captain Sir Tom Moore as part of our English work. We have done some amazing work on number bonds in maths and, as always, the class have really impressed in their cookery and PE sessions.

We couldn’t pick just one star of the week this week (and we really did try) so congratulations to both Kaiden and Marcel.

Both students have tried extra hard this week in all areas but particularly their maths and English and have both shown an improved attitude and effort to their learning. Well done!

22.02.21 – 26.02.21

We have had a good first week back after half term and the class have really hit the ground running. We have been focusing on real life superheroes as part of our English and topic work and in maths we have been focusing on various number bonds. We had a special science lesson this week where the students looked at the water cycle and have made an experiment which we are checking on every day.


01.02.21 – 05.02.21

As it is children’s mental health week, we have spent a lot of time looking at what mental health is and what we like to do to ensure that we stay positive and feel happy.

As the weather hasn’t been ideal, the Duke of Edinburgh students had to improvise and put up a tent in the classroom. Well done to the Fantastic 4 who managed to use a lot of teamwork and problem solving abilities to make it stand up.

Star of the Week:

Our Star of the Week this week is Jake M for trying really hard, doing some fantastic work in maths and for his teamwork abilities in PE. Well done!

Our Virtual Star of the Week is Jake B for working really hard at home, being really independent and logging into bingo with the class.

Well done to you both and to everyone else in class too as it was a really difficult decision to only select one winner for each.


Badger/Otter Class

18.01.21 – 22.01.21


This week, the students have done some fantastic work in their English and maths. We have been focusing on Jack and the Beanstalk in English as part of our wider topic on ‘New Beginnings.’ In maths, the class has been focusing on number with some students working on their rounding skills and others on working out which numbers come ‘before and after.’


While we miss the students who are not in school, it has been great to see them take part in our online lessons via Teams. This has enabled everyone to see their friends and will have no doubt helped the students’ mental health and wellbeing.


Congratulations to Marcel who is now a teenager after his birthday on the 22nd January!


Star of the Week:

We have decided to keep nominating stars of the week as it is important that the students’ hard work is noticed and appreciated.


Last week, Kaiden was our winner for a huge improvement in his maturity and behaviour.


This week the in school star of the week is Simran for outstanding work in English and Maths.

It was a truly difficult choice as there were many others who impressed throughout the week.


Not forgetting those at home, we have our first Virtual Star of the Week winners.

It has been impossible to just pick one so congratulations to Emily and Macy for logging onto teams every day and continuing to do your school work from home.


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