AMBERLEY PAROCHIAL SCHOOL
Becoming reflective, independent and aspirational learners for life
CHILDREN AT THE HEART
OF OUR UNIQUE COMMUNITY
Miss Sharon Cale
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THIS WEEK AT AMBERLEY
This week we will be spending a bit of time doing some practical activities to help us get better at drawing circles! The reason behind this is that a circle forms the basis of many of our letter and number shapes so we need to get used to going in different directions, with a pencil or scissors, using good control. To help us with this, I have chosen a piece of artwork called Squares with Concentric Circles by Wassily Kandinsky. After learning about this painting the children will produce their own versions, drawing or painting circles, using mediums of paint, chalk crayon or pencil. We will discuss how to mix colours (primary) to make others (secondary) and also talk about how the painting makes us feel to look at and to create ourselves.
Worship this week will be continuing looking at our value of Trust and during our welly walk we will be taking part in activities, looking at ways we can show we can be trusted!
We will continue with our work on Number bonds to 10 and compare and contrast groups within 10 using simple graphs.
In Literacy we will be finishing our work on Handa and writing our own version of Dear Zoo. The children will be encouraged to add a new page to the class copy of the book. We will also be performing our poem Rhythm of Life by Micheal Rosen.
This week in Hereford Class we are innovating the story of Gorilla. We are writing our own stories, using our own plans and characters, following the structure written by Anthony Browne.
In maths we are continuing to revise and use calculation methods and rapid recall.
In RE we are reflecting on our value of trust. We have been looking at Christians' belief in God and how they show these beliefs. We have linked the Christian value of trust to our own lives, thinking of real life experiences and times where we have shown we are trustworthy. We have thought back to the fable of 'The Fox and the crow', the parable of 'The storm on the lake' and 'The Miracle'. We have our worship box in our reflection are which reminds us of these stories and helps us to make links. We have really enjoyed engaging in these stories during class worship.
Outdoor Learning and PE continues on a Friday and the children are really enjoying being outdoors.
We hope you all have a lovely half term and a well deserved break, ready to start back in Spring 2.
This week, we are continuing to immerse ourselves in geography and will be learning about the countries of Europe and the counties of Britain. We will be looking at some of the physical features as well as the human, and will be looking for evidence of Roman occupation using maps on a variety of scales.
In maths, we will be delving into division and will be learning more effective formal methods, before applying our skills to problem solving contexts. We will also be speeding up and becoming more accurate with times table facts. Over the last few weeks, we have focused on the 4, 8 and 6 times tables and the children have made pleasing progress!
In RE, we are returning to the story of Noah, and looking at the covenant he made with God. We will then make links between God’s promises to Noah and the promises that are made at Christian wedding ceremonies.
Please don't forget that weekly spellings are available via our class page on the website, should you need an extra copy.
Firstly,I apologise for not being able to update the blog last week. While I was away from school, I received nothing but positive feedback about the class and how they worked with a range of different adults. This was so comforting to hear, and is a brilliant sign about how your children will adapt to having lots of changes and a number of different teachers in secondary school. They had a trip to SKillZONE in Gloucester to look at keeping safe and healthy, and to deal with hazard and risk assessment. The children took so much on board from the trip, and the adults who worked with them were so complimentary about their attitudes and maturity. Miss Cale also worked with them in creating designs for our proposed Spiritual Garden, and she was really impressed with the creativity, thoughtfulness and resourcefulness of the class. This week we will be completing our block of work on discussion texts in English, looking at contentious issues such as should children be able to vote and should the legal driving age be lowered. We will also be completing our RE topic looking at how Christians perceive God as both holy and loving with some reflective art work. On Friday, the last day of the term, we will have our termly GECKO Maths event, where the children will collaborate and co-operate to solve a range of fiendish mathematical problems. Our class novel, The Middler, is continuing to capture the children's imagination. They have come up with a great number of wild and wonderful theories about the characters, and have impressed me with some tremendously insightful comments. It is always great to see children choose to read in front of the whole class, and see their confidence developing as a result.
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DEAR PARENTS & CARERS
It seems that Belted Galloway have had another really busy week.
On Monday, Year 5 and 6 children represented the school at the netball tournament. Erin, Lilli, Lila, Aggie, Robyn, Bella, Ella, Tilly and Tias played extremely well as a team. They won their first game 5-0, drew their second 2-2, after being 2–0 down at half time, won their third game 3-0 and lost their last game 5-3. All players showed good sportsmanship and Mrs Apew was really proud of all of them.
On Tuesday Mrs Stevens, Rev John and I accompanied Belted Galloway Class to Skill Zone in Gloucester. Skill Zone is an interactive life skills village where people of all ages can learn how to keep themselves safe whether at home or in their community. We learnt so many basic lifesaving skills to support us in daily life. We were taught about the danger of knives in toasters, how to store meat, what might happen during a house fire and how to protect ourselves, travelling on buses, trains and in cars, making risk assessments about where we walk at night and how to make sensible choices. I personally got a lot from the session and took on board the advice given; I hope the children will remember all that they learnt. The children, as usual, represented themselves and the school impeccably.
PC Mark Weedon visited Year 6 on Wednesday and they built upon their previous learning on staying safe. The session was based around on-line relationships and how to keep themselves safe whilst on-line. The children were very knowledgeable and have been given the tools that they need. On the website, we have information to help you support your family with internet safety. Please visit https://www.amberleyschool.co.uk/e-safety to find helpful hints, tips and links. If you have not already signed up to our school blog, please do. You will receive weekly updates on your children’s learning, as well as weekly safety updates.
The PE kit has arrived and will be issued to the children either today or Monday. Thank you to all those parents that have supported this scheme. We encourage the children to wear their hoodies for outdoor learning and P.E so they can be as warm as possible. The Dexter children can use their hoodies for their welly walks on Wednesdays.
Please come along and support the bingo evening tonight. It will be lovely to see everyone supporting our PTA and all their hard work. We have a staff team coming along with their bingo dabbers!
As you know, Mrs Smith is leaving us at the end of term to take a role as a teaching assistant at Randwick Primary School. On Friday 14th February there will be no Golden Book assembly. Instead, at 2.45pm, there will be a farewell celebration for Mrs Smith. You are all invited to attend – please do come along! There is a collection in the school office if anyone wishes to contribute.
Whole School Attendance:98.3%
Attendance of the Week: 100%
HOT CHOCOLATE & COOKIES
Thank you all for supporting the PTA by purchasing hot chocolates and cookies. It is a great relaxing way to chat to friends & fellow parents and a brilliant family at to raise funds for your school.
BINGO NIGHT - 7th February
Now is the time to buy your bingo tickets. These nights are always so much fun & a major bonus is you get to enjoy one of Leenu’s delicious home made authentic curries (thank you so much in advance Leenu). Thank you to all those who have already paid for tickets. There are also a few parents/carers who have expressed an interest in attending; please confirm attendance and payment. If we do not receive enough interest in this event by Monday we may need to cancel
COW HUNT – 2nd & 3rd May
Cow hunt - 2nd / 3rd May 2020 (please note there is an INSET Day on the Monday so we can all relax after a fun weekend!) Yes it’s that time of year when we start moving rather than talking as we all go cow (& cake) mad! We need everyone’s support to continue the success that we see every year and that includes YOU! More information will be coming out shortly but please start thinking about how you would like to help.
THINGS TO REMEMBER - If you are shopping online THE GIVING MACHINE
With Christmas fast approaching please remember to buy all of your online purchases through ‘The Giving Machine’ Just one click from the site - https://www.thegivingmachine.co.uk/ takes you to all of your favorite online stores such as Amazon.
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 email@example.com
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
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!
Every Monday morning, the children attend church for school worship at 9:05am.
All parents are welcome to attend the service.
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
AMBERLEY SCHOOL CALENDAR
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