AMBERLEY PAROCHIAL SCHOOL

Becoming reflective, independent and aspirational learners for life

CHILDREN AT THE HEART

OF OUR UNIQUE COMMUNITY

Miss Sharon Cale

Head Teacher

WELCOME TO AMBERLEY PAROCHIAL SCHOOL

Our aim is to create confident, well-rounded and motivated children, who are guided by strong Christian values.  

I hope that you find our site informative and helpful in answering any questions you may have.

THIS WEEK AT AMBERLEY

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DEXTERS

I really enjoyed meeting with so many of you to discuss the progress that your children are making in school. They have all settled so well and seem to be thriving even though some have succumbed to nasty bugs and winter colds!

This week, Dexter class will be continuing on their journey into story writing by looking at how we describe the main setting, characters, dilemmas and solutions. We will be following on from our work last week where we talked about what superpowers we would like to have and how we could use them to help serve other people. The children will also be linking their learning to Maths by using a dice to select characters, props etc. Children will be building speed at recognising numerals and symbols on the dice.

 Also in Maths, we are continuing to 'feed' our hungry robots Roberta and Robert to make a given number between 1 and 5, and using the language of add, subtract and equals. Our phonics learning will continue with a recap of Phase 2 and we will be looking at short sentences that children can use in their own writing.

Don't forget the school disco tonight, for our reception children this will run from 5:30pm-6:30 pm, £3 to include a drink and a snack.

HEREFORD

This week we have started a new English journey of letter writing whereby we have found the features and are now ordering them, making sure that we have everything in the right place. 

In maths we are continuing with fractions of number, using our knowledge of division and multiplication.

We continue with our Science topic of Humans where we will look at diet, exercise and hygiene.

We have given out the parts of the Nativity and your children should have received a script to practise and learn their lines. I hope the continuous Christmas singing doesn't drive you all mad.

Thank you to all of you that attended parents' evening. It was such a positive evening and it was lovely to share the progress of your children.

FRIESIAN

It was so lovely to see you all at parents' evening last week and have the opportunity to discuss your children's learning with you.

This week in Friesian class, we will be looking at missing number problems and number puzzles in maths, and will be challenging ourselves to persevere with tricky problems which have an element of trial and error. In English, we are continuing with our story writing based on Apollo and Chimera, and are focusing particularly on using adverbs, and adverbial phrases and clauses to make our writing more interesting.

In RE, we will be looking at the Jewish festival of Rosh Hashanah, and will be finding out about (and tasting) foods which are traditionally eaten at this time.

In computing, we will be debugging animations, by finding the errors in the code and fixing them. The children have really enjoyed our work using Scratch 2. If they have continued at home, please feel free to email in their creations so that we can celebrate them in school.

We are continuing to immerse ourselves in Science this week, and have already undertaken an investigation to find which materials would make the best ear defenders. The children had to use their prior learning of electricity to create a a circuit with a working buzzer. They then used a sound measuring app to record the decibel level of the buzzer under a variety of materials. Please look out for a letter which will be coming home, detailing an upcoming trip to FGR, as part of our Design and Technology work.

BELTED
GALLOWAY

This week in Belted Galloway class we will be extending and applying our division skills to solve problems and puzzles. The children will be working through progressively challenging stages, aiming for self-improvement while looking to check that their answers make full sense. In English, we will be writing Non-Chronological Reports. Part of the work will be looking at technical and impersonal styled writing, and extending punctuation structures to include colons and brackets. Our new topic in the immersion curriculum will be a science based one: Grouping and Classifying Living Things. The children will be exploring the different types of vertebrates and invertebrates, and will be focusing on one in particular, which they will be creating a power point presentation to share their findings with the rest of the class.

 

THE GOLDEN BOOK

DEXTER

Whole Class

HEREFORD

Betsy

George

Zachary

Rose

FRIESIAN 

Decca

Arabella

Olivia

Poppy

BELTED GALLOWAY

Sam

William

Callum

Aggie

Our Latest News

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DEAR PARENTS & CARERS

The football team played so well on Tuesday afternoon at the Atlas Sports’ Football Tournament where the Amberley team played four games and managed to secure a place in the Challenge Cup.  The team had to win two games to get to the final.  In the first game Sam, Tias and Freddie all created chances but the other team put lots of defenders behind the ball, both Alice and Harry M battled well to get the ball to them but the game ended 0-0. This meant we had to go to sudden death penalties in order to get to the next stage.  Luckily we had Tilly in goal and she performed two outstanding saves to keep the team in the competition. Tias stepped up to take a penalty and scored a screamer into the back of the net to put us through.  We managed to win our next game thanks to good midfield work by Harry D and strong defending from Elsie, Gabe and James. Unfortunately, we were beaten in the final by Haresfield who played extremely well. I was so proud of all the team especially as we had more year 5 children than 6.  We came 6th out of 14 schools, a very good achievement. I would like to take the opportunity to thank Carl B and Cliff H for their voluntary work to run the football club.

PC Weedon visited Year 6 on Thursday morning to pass on messages from the police about the need for internet safety. The children learned about what information is safe to share and explored a mocked up website, identifying potentially worrying content.

Congratulations to our art winners who were chosen by Sam Adams.  All the artwork looks amazing and Sam said she had a terrible time choosing as all the art work was extremely good. She loved how the artwork was based around our school vision wheel and all the different ways the children portrayed this. The winners chosen by Sam were: Edward (EYFS), Luther (YR1), Eve (YR2), Emma (YR3), Naunidh (YR4), Nischay (YR5) and Bella (YR6). Thank you to everyone who participated in the competition.  

 

This artwork linked well to our art week with Sam Adams.  The children enjoyed working with Sam to produce the display based on our Biblical story ‘The Sower.’ The Sower links with our school vision wheel and helps tell the school vision through a story.  Having it on the wall will remind the children and staff of this and will help all of us to value its purpose. We strongly believe that our pupils are ‘at the heart of a unique community, becoming reflective, independent and aspirational learners for life’.

Our value this term is service. Your children will be familiar with the story of ‘Queen Esther serves her people.’ Please discuss this value with your children at home and share with us if you feel they show this. We are keen to give our ‘values for life’ awards and will be looking out for this in school also. A big thank you to Mr Clifford, Sophie’s Dad, for putting up our artwork and also Mr Davies, Olivia’s Dad, who came in to give a quote and offer his time to see if he could fix the dishwasher. This is a great example of unique community, as we appreciate all the support that parents give us. Thank you to you both.

Mrs King and Mr Anderson took part in a learning walk around the school with me on Thursday as part of their governing body role.  This gave me the opportunity to discuss all the systems that we have in place so they can monitor and then challenge effectively during the FGB meetings. Mrs Wood was also in as part of her governing role, ensuring that all safeguarding procedures were up to date and checking that school is following the correct formats. We are very grateful for all their support and time. 

It was lovely to see all the parents this week. I hope you enjoyed looking at your child’s work and speaking with the teachers. If anyone would like to discuss their child’s learning further, please do not hesitate to make an appointment with me.

Dexter Class are hopeful for donations for their home corner to include: Dolls and clothes-Drs paraphernalia-Iron & ironing board etc.  Many thanks

Miss Cale

PTA NEWS

It’s the most wonderful time of the year….

 

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 more help! So PLEASE DO SPEAK to one of the PTA team if you can help.

 

So things for your diary:

 

Disco – get those glad rags on and dance to all your favorite songs.

When - THIS COMING MONDAY 18th November.

Times: 5:30 – 6:30 (Dexters + yr 1 / 2 / 3

                        6:45 – 7:45 – Yr 4 / 5 /6

Cost -               £3 to include a snack and a

 

Hot Chocolates – next Tuesday

Come and warm up and catch up over a hot chocolate and cookie on TUESDAY 19th NOVEMBER. 50p cookie / 50p hot chocolate.

 

Christmas Tree Decorating party – 6th December

Plans are underway for the Christmas event of the year. If you haven’t been

Before it is a lovely event where the children enjoy some Christmas crafts and parents enjoy a mulled wine (or two) and then we all sing carols around the Christmas tree. There will be a sign up sheet put up shortly but for now if anyone has a U Christmas Film on DVD they would be happy to share, please speak to one of us.

 

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

 

Plea for new members

We can’t run the PTA (and in turn provide lots of additional fun things for YOUR CHILDREN without the funds raised by the PTA. We really need a few more members to sign up and help on some of the events. You don’t have to be involved in everything let us know what you can do and we will be extremely grateful.

 

Please speak to one of us if you’d like more information.

 

Remember if you are doing any early Christmas shopping THE GIVING MACHINE.

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FSM ENTITLEMANT

 

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  freeschoolmeals@gloucestershire.gov.uk

FREE SCHOOL MEALS


Please apply for FSM online even if you think you may not be entitled via
http://www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/education-and-learning/school-transport-and-free-school-meals/apply-for-free-school-meals/
for every child registered the school receives additional funding to support school trips/excursions/activities

CHURCH

Every Monday morning, the children attend church for school worship at 9:05am.

All parents are welcome to attend the service.

BREAKFAST CLUB

 

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

MEDICINE ADMINISTRATION

 

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!

 

Thank you so much for buying cakes and plants last week.   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!

 

Childhood Cancer

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!

SCHOOL CLOSURE

Should the school need to close due to the weather please access:

https://www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/closures

Amberley School is Carbon Neutral!

 

Thank you so much for buying cakes and plants last week.   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!

 

COOLMILK


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

www.coolmilk.com

AMBERLEY SCHOOL CALENDAR

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