Penygarn Community Primary School

Ysgol Gynradd Gymunedol Penygarn

01495 742090

Penygarn Road, Pontypool. NP4 8JR

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Classes | Otters

Otters - Miss H Thomas

Croeso i Otters!


The class teacher for the Otters class is Miss H Thomas and with her is Mrs L McDonough, Miss H Davies and Mrs T Wills.  Miss Thomas is currently on maternity leave and is covered by Miss K Sallis


Our topics this year are:


Autumn Term:

Ourselves, our community, our planet - We will be learning all about what keeps us healthy and future careers We will look at what makes a community who helps us in our community. We will also be researching our planet and learning about our solar system.

Alchemy Island - In this topic, we will learn about survival. We’ll use our imaginations along with coding software to create a game, and learn how to read and plot co-ordinates.


Spring Term:

Time TravellerWe will go back in time to learn about life in the past. We will predict what the future will look like and create timelines of our lives using pictures

Stargazers -  We’ll take a trip to the stars, looking at planets and suns, and discover the amazing wonders of the night sky. read information texts to find out about the Solar System and the Sun, using mnemonics to help us remember the facts. We’ll make a Solar System and investigate the cycle of day into night. We’ll learn aboutGalileo, the ‘father’ of modern astronomy and his famous astronomical discoveries.Then we’ll make a space shuttle or satellite, testing the materials for durability.


Summer Term:

PharaohsIn this topic, we will travel to ancient Egypt when learning about the mummification process. We will be debating whether or not Tutankhamun’s tomb should’ve been opened.Studying historical sources will help us learn more about the Pharaohs, the Egyptian gods and ancient religious beliefs

Beast Creator This half term we will be investigating minibeasts, all shapes and sizes! We will look at arachnids, insects, molluscs and myriapods. We’ll learn how to categorise insects and explore woodlice habitats. We will be creating ‘bug hotels’ and writing advertisements to attract minibeasts to stay in them.


Homework and PE:

Our PE day is Monday. Please remember kit!  Homework will be sent home during the holidays


Additional information about our class:

Please ensure that you child brings appropriate outdoor clothing to school, including a coat as we will be having outdoor learning sessions no matter the weather. Children can leave a pair of wellies/ outdoor clothing on their peg if they wish.


All learners to bring in water bottles with their names on it. Unfortunately, we are unable to offer cups or use our water fountains at the moment.


If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact Miss Sallis.