AMBERLEY PAROCHIAL SCHOOL
Becoming reflective, independent and aspirational learners for life
CHILDREN AT THE HEART
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Miss Sharon Cale
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THIS WEEK AT AMBERLEY
This week in Dexter Class, we are continuing to learn the story of Handa's Surprise in detail. The children are verbally retelling the story and are using actions (which they have chosen) to convey the meaning. They almost know it 'off by heart' and we will be performing it to Miss Holden at the end of the week. By memorising stories in this way, children build up a repertoire of traditional tales which have been recognised as 'rich' texts. They provide us with challenging voabulary and have a memorable structure which will help children when writing their own stories.
In Maths. we will be having fun with dice, recognising the number pattern on sight ,known as subitising, so without counting the dots. We will be combining amounts when we add the scores from two dice and recording our results on paper. We will be playing board games and also using the ICT in the classroom to play snakes and ladders and other mathematical based games.
The Dexters are very lucky as they can take their learning outside most of the time if they choose to. Our welly walks offer a different experience and on Wednesday we will be heading down to the Guardianship to explore.
Today we have sent home a letter about reading books. If you have any questions about this then please do speak to me or Miss Holden.
This week has begun with the immersion curriculum with Mrs Lury whilst Miss Holden has been on a course. The children have been identifying hot and cold places around the world as well as identifying key landmarks and where they are located.
We continue with newspaper reports this week where we are writing our own version of the end of WWII using information that we have previously learnt.
In maths we are learning to tell the time: Y2 have begun with 15 minute intervals, moving onto 5 minute intervals whilst Y1 are looking at half past and o'clock.
Immersion curriculum will continue in the afternoons where we are looking and devising our own maps using compass directions.
In computing we are being researchers and we are using our knowledge of the 7 continents to find out more about them, for example: the countries found within them; animals; weather and other information which the children wanted to find out.
Please remember that children can come into school in outdoor learning on a Friday to save several changes!
This week in Friesian class, we are continuing our work as scientists and will be learning about food chains and webs, and using scientific vocabulary to classify creatures according to what they eat, and where they come in the food chain. On Wednesday, after school, you are welcome to pop in and find out a bit more about what we have been learning about, as part of our celebration.
In English, we will be planning and writing our own non-chronological reports, based on different animals (a great opportunity to include some of the scientific language we have been learning!).
In maths, we are continuing with multiplication and will be looking at more formal methods for calculation. We will also be seeing if we can beat our scores with the Rapid Recall Club Challenges- it is great to see such a positive attitude to learning and improving from the children.
Outdoor learning was a great success on Friday, and will be continuing throughout the term on Fridays.
This week in Belted Galloway class, we continue with our work on Invaders, Fractions and Flashback narratives! We are focusing on equivalence in maths, moving onto using this to order fractions with different denominators. Our history topic of the invaders centres on the Anglo Saxon and Viking invasions, and looks at King Alfred in particular. Using The Piano animation as our stimulus in English, the children will complete their versions of this flashback narrative, ready to create their own version of this text type next week. It has been wonderful to see the children writing with such sensitivity and emotion: I look forward to inviting you in to look at your children's work when they complete this. It was wonderful to welcome Mr Oakey back for Outdoor Learning on Friday last week: we look forward to continuing our outdoor learning, using DT skills, this week. Children are more than welcome to come to school in their outdoor learning clothes if they wish, as there will be a considerable number of clothes changes otherwise!
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DEAR PARENTS & CARERS
A big thank you to all the children for their performances at the Christmas play on Tuesday. The KS2 children delighted us with their songs and Mrs Mitchell did a great job with teaching the children to sing. The Nativity was amazing and all the children managed to deliver their parts at the right time and sing the songs with great big smiles on their faces. It was a great team effort with Mrs Waugh and Mr Stanhope providing acting lessons for the children. The parental support was fantastic and it was great to see the church so packed. This has really put us in the festive mood.
Wednesday started off with a surprise from the PTA. They had kindly organised a Pantomime for all the children so it was their turn to watch a performance. Wonder Productions performed Beauty and the Beast. We all enjoyed the singing, acting and the unusual costumes of the Dame. It was great to see the year 6 children sitting with the Dexter children to reassure them that it was just a performance and the Beast wasn’t real! This is one great reason to work at Amberley, watching the older children support and show compassion to the younger ones, without being directed to do so. Lucy and myself got a lovely surprise when the cast and school sang ‘Happy Birthday’ to us both. We both received cuddly gifts which was a lovely gesture.
Thank you to the PTA for the Xmas Celebrations on Friday evening and for all the people who supported this event. There are not many schools in the county that can say their community come together and sing to welcome in the festive season. It was a lovely atmosphere enjoyed by all, and it is lovely that they are continuing with this Amberley tradition.
Nick Steel from Make Music visited school yesterday to discuss the music provision at Amberley. We had a very interesting morning looking at the schemes of work and adapting this to adopt quality first teaching, which was very exciting. I really enjoyed my time in Belted Galloway last week when we managed to play a round with the glockenspiels, recorders, guitars, cello, flute and keyboard. Mr Beech even played a solo with the help of Alfred mouthing the notes to him. The whole class played a tuned instrument, played a piece of music from memory and performed as a group. Well done BGs!
Unfortunately, it has been reported that there are children that are not safe when crossing the road. Children have been seen running across Culver Hill, without an adult, and without looking. Please can I politely remind everyone that the children are your responsibility when they leave the school gates. The governing board are trying hard to tackle this issue again, and we have contacted a variety of organisations to improve the safety. We have also advertised for a lolly pop person but we have had no interest. If you know of anyone who could fulfil this important role, please get them to contact Mrs Russell in the office.
A reminder that next week we finish on Thursday 19th December at 1:30pm and return to school on Monday 6th January 2020. There will be NO clubs next week with the exception of Eco Club on Tuesday with Mr White. A big Christmas thank you to all those who volunteer in school or hold clubs. We really appreciate everyone’s support and kindness.
It’s the most wonderful time of the year….
Well it is definitely one of the busiest as we all get ready for Christmas. The PTA can’t operate fully without the help of parents, carers, family members etc. we just need more help! So PLEASE DO SPEAK to one of the PTA team if you can support a PTA event during the year.
Please remember to pop up to Michinhampton to purchase your Christmas trees and mention Amberley School so we get some money for the school
As always if you have any questions for the PTA or would like to speak to us about joining please email PTA@Amberley.gloucs.sch.uk
Well it is definitely one of the busiest as we all get ready for Christmas. There are some exciting activities happening at school this term but the PTA can’t do it without your help!
As the new academic year escalates, I thought this would be good timing to remind parents/carers of the changes to the free school meals application process. Last year GCC launched an online portal for parents/carers to apply for their child/rens free school meals and to date GCC have received over 10,000 applications. GCC have recently conducted a survey with parents/carers that used the portal and the feedback was very encouraging and they were happy that there was this on-line facility. GCC therefore want to continue to encourage parents/carers to self service using the GCC on-line system.
GCC have a new dedicated email address for Free school meals which is firstname.lastname@example.org
FREE SCHOOL MEALS
Please apply for FSM online even if you think you may not be entitled via
for every child registered the school receives additional funding to support school trips/excursions/activities
Every Monday morning, the children attend church for school worship at 9:05am.
All parents are welcome to attend the service.
Following an increase in Breakfast Club running costs, it has been decided by the Governing Board to increase the daily booking fee from £3.50 to £4.00, effective January 1st 2019.
This is only the second price increase since the club began, the first one being January 2016 and I feel sure you will agree still represents excellent value for money.
Breakfast Club booking Forms will be available through the usual channels e.g. Breakfast Club-School Office-Website.
Many thanks Mrs S Russell
In recent years’ the number of children attending education settings with a variety of medication needs has increased. For this reason, medication training has been completed, however any medicines requiring administering is still preferred to be administered by a parent/carer. The school needs to take into consideration not only the needs of the child but also those of the staff team and others such as the LEA, OFSTED and Healthcare Professionals
Please administer any medicines before school and inform the school office of dose administered and I will monitor your child throughout the day and contact you should the need arise
Amberley School is Carbon Neutral!
We have succeeded in raising enough money to buy an offset to remove from the atmosphere the 32.19 tonnes of CO2 Amberley School's electricity and gas produced last year. We hope you enjoy watching the bees coming to your bee friendly plants next summer!
September was Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and we are looking to support the 'BCRT used postage stamp appeal' to raise money for the Bone Cancer Research Trust (Charity Number 1159590), the leading charity dedicated to fighting primary bone cancer, and would love the support of your school and connections.
We are looking for used and new postage stamps from the UK and overseas, and any amount at any time of the year is very much appreciated. Every stamp sent will help, even if you get a few stamps a year for your birthday or Christmas.
Instead of throwing away your stamps, we can raise vital funds to help continue with research, providing information and raising awareness.
Primary bone cancer can occur at any age, but affects mostly children, teenagers, young adults and the elderly. On average 12 people every week are diagnosed across the UK and Ireland. The survival rate for this disease is just over 50% and this has not changed in the last 25 years. With your help we can work towards changing this, so more people have a chance to live!
Amberley Parochial School will be providing Free milk for under 5's from September 2018
and a subsidised price of around £14.00 per term for children over 5.
To register your child for school milk
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