Otterbourne Church of England
Primary School

With God's love, all are encouraged to thrive

Zebra Class

Welcome to Zebra Class

Friday 25th November - Winchester Science Centre

Destination Outer Space!

Pompeii Research and Double Page Spreads

Let's Think - Maths!

An exciting EGG-speriment! - 4th October


This afternoon, we used boiled eggs to model the Earth's crust, mantle, outer core and inner core

This is a great model to show tectonic plates and the Earth's layers.



Dragon's Den - Year 5 - 27.09.2022


Year 5 held its own Dragons’ Den today as part of our persuasive writing unit. Teams from each class had the opportunity to present or ‘pitch’ their mini-enterprise projects to a panel of ‘Dragons’ - myself and Mrs Hearn.


After each team had made their presentation, the panel discovered more about the projects by asking a number of questions. The Dragons were extremely impressed by the students’ presentations and by the creativity and effort which went into their projects - including the answers to some very tricky and unexpected questions!!



Mrs Hearn and I have been absolutely wowed by the effort the children have put into this mini project. They thought carefully about every aspect including costings, advertisements, persuasive language, tone and audience. We couldn't have asked for them to do a better job.


I hope to be able to film some of the presentations and upload here later.


Well done Year 5!!!

What makes a perfect friend? - 26th September


We had great fun discussing what makes a perfect friend today and seeing if everyone had the same ideas about this. We discovered that what makes a good friend for one person, isn't necessarily the same for somebody else! 

Dissecting flowers - 22nd February


Digimaps for schools - 23rd September


Today we used the software to find out about longitude, latitude and the equator. We also started to look at the relationship between tectonic plates, volcanos and earthquakes. 

Hokusai Inspired Printing - 19th September


Today we carved into foam and used printing ink to practise Hokusai inspired line drawings for art. Next time, we will be creating 3d waves :) 

Virtual Reality Workshop! - 13.09.2022


Today, a company called Prime VR visited us in school with headsets for the children to experience Volcanos up close. It was AMAZING and the children were absolutely buzzing with excitement and enthusiasm. I heard comments such as 'This is the best thing we've ever done in school!' so it was definitely a success.


After our workshops, we collated a huge vocabulary word bank which we will be using in our writing this week. 


John from Prime VR said the children were an absolute pleasure to work with and we should be very proud of how well they behaved during the sessions. He said they were a stand out class so I am very pleased indeed :)


An excellent day!!!


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The Year 5/6 teaching team is:

Mrs Simpson - Class teacher (Zebras)

Mrs Holland - Class Teacher (Giraffes)

Mr O'Dowd - Class Teacher (Gazelles)

Mr Bagge/Mrs Simmons/Mrs Morgan - PPA cover Wednesday afternoon

Mrs Hearn (LSA support - Am), Mrs Johnson (LSA Support - AM).


Homework Rota: 

Maths and English homework will be given out on a Wednesday.  Homework is due in on a Monday.

Spellings will be set on a Monday in class and be tested on the Friday - Spelling Shed will update automatically with the new spellings each Monday.


Library Time: Our library day is on a Monday this year. Books can be returned on any day but they must be properly scanned back in to avoid them still being signed out under your child's name.


Reading Diaries: Reading diaries are to be returned to school each Monday for checking, house points to be rewarded and they will then be sent home the same day. Reading diaries should be filled in 5 x a week.


P.E.: Please ensure that all PE kits are in school at all times. 


The class teachers will be on the church playground each day at 3.30pm for discussions.  However, if there is any aspect of your child's school experience that you would like to discuss in private, please email or call the school office to discuss further.