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This Week in Friesian Class

Wow, what fantastic weather we are having this week! It was perfect for our trip to meet our pen pals, if a little hot! The trip went extremely well and the children really enjoyed chatting with their pen pals. On Monday, we started a new writing unit on journey tales, based on our class book 'Bill's New Frock'. So far, we have looked at the structure of the story and substituted new characters. We have also written character descriptions for our new character. Tomorrow (Wednesday), some visitors are coming to watch our English lesson from another school. It will be a good opportunity for the children to show off their amazing writing! In maths, we are reviewing our learning throughout the y

This week in Belted Galloway

Belted Galloway will be another industrious place this week. On Monday we will be taking part in a school trip to Chepstow Race Course, where we will be taking part in a 'Race to School' maths day funded by the national race courses. Friday sees us visiting the Everyman theatre in Cheltenham, where we will be watching two of the authors we have been studying (Kieran Larwood and Emma Carroll) talk about their writing. Two of our children, Millie and Katie, have had their work selected, and will be given the opportunity to present their work to the audience and the authors. In between, we will be preparing in earnest for our Summer play, and keeping our maths work ticking over by investigati

This week in Hereford Class

What a beautifully, sunny way to start the week! This week we have started to look at adding money, recognising the coins and giving change. We understand that there are 100 pennies in £1 and we have used this knowledge to calculate different totals of coins. We have finished writing our letter as Max from the book 'where the wild things are' and we will be writing our own letter, in full, showing how much we have learned about the content and the structure that we have been taught. In RE we are looking at Hanukkah and understanding the story as well as the traditions and celebrations. Our trip to Cotswold Wildlife Park has been confirmed and links in well to our health and well-being week.

This week in Dexter Class

This week in Dexter class we will be continuing our work on positional language and will be problem solving by trying to explain the position of different objects. In phonics, the children will be continuing with their work on the tricky digraphs and trigraphs, as well as practising reading and writing the high frequency words on their individual cards. We will looking at the Elmer story that we have been learning and making innovations in order to create our own versions. The children have already been very creative and have built themselves a monkey enclosure for which they have been encouraged to make signs and information leaflets. With four children in focus this week, we have already

Our visit from Reverend John

On Wednesday 6th June, Friesian class were very fortunate to receive a visit from Reverend John. As part of our Re topic, we have been looking at examples of how Christians try to show love for all, including how Christian leaders try to follow Jesus’ teaching in different ways. He started by explaining where the Christian faith began and how he became a Reverend. We then asked him lots of questions. What are they ways in which Christian leaders follow Jesus’ teaching? “I remind myself that I am a human being first, so I have the same temptations as other humans. Then I am a Christian and Jesus said, ‘love your neighbours as yourself’. It’s about love and love is really difficult. People are

Health and Well-being Week in Friesians

From Tuesday 5th June to Friday 8th June, Amberley School had a really interesting “Well-being Week”. I personally think it was a great idea to start the final term with a week about mental and physical health. My friends and I think that it was to show us how to increase our health. The first thing we did, was look at Homeostasis. Homeostasis is an intelligent thing. It’s where your body cleverly keeps its health balanced. For example, if your body gets really hot, it sweats to cool itself down. To fully understand it, we had a football and separated into groups of 3. In our groups, we balanced a ball to represent our body working at its best. To represent illnesses, we took a hand away. Th

This Week in Hereford Class

This week we are lucky enough to be attending a KS1 sports event. Y1 children will be travelling by coach to Leighterton Primary School while Y2 will be driven to Brimscombe Primary School. Parents of Y2 children - please remember to bring any car seats required for travelling, into school on Wednesday. Children will have their PE kits sent home with them on Tuesday so that they can come to school ready on Wednesday. Children will require a packed lunch and plenty of fluids. Please could children have sun cream applied before coming to school and don't forget sun hats - the weather forecast says it's likely to be 22 degrees. We are continuing with our pictogram topic in maths where children

This Week in Dexter Class

This week in Dexter class we will be learning about positional language and will be building obstacle courses and directing each other around them by using the correct language and clear instructions. In phonics, we will be reviewing ure, ear and air, and applying these sounds in our writing of sentences. On Wednesday, we will be visiting one of our cluster schools, where we will be taking part in a range of sports activities. The children will need to come to school dressed in their PE kits, with sun hats and packed lunches. Please make sure that you have applied suncream if the weather is forecast to be hot. Unfortunately parents are not able to attend this event. On Friday, we will have o

This week in Belted Galloway

This week in Belted Galloway class we will be spending a lot of time on drama: we will be rehearsing for our summer production of 'Pirates of the Curry Bean', setting scenes and putting action together. Simon Stanhope, a Reception parent and a professional actor, will be coming in on Wednesday to share his expertise and work with some of the children. Year 5 will be visiting Sir William Romney's Secondary school on Tuesday to experience how a secondary school operates. This should be a valuable and enjoyable day for them. We will start our Relationships and Sex Education block on work in PSHCE on Thursday with our initial lesson on changes. Parents are invited to discuss the programme and vi

This Week in Friesian Class

This week, we will continue our recount writing but we will put ourselves in the shoes of Bill, the main character from our class book 'Bill's New Frock'. In maths, we will continue with geometry and the Year 3's will learn how to accurately draw 2D shapes, while the Year 4's will focus on reflection and symmetry. In history, we will look at the rise of Boudicca and we will suggest causes and consquences for some of the actions that took place at this time. We will also begin preparations for the summer production. We will be learning the songs and the Year 4's will have the opportunity to audition for a speaking part. Thursday will be our last swimming session and Friday will be sports day.

Health and Wellbeing Week

We found health and wellbeing week really interesting and it made us aware of how we can make our bodies and minds healthy. We learnt the 5 ways of wellbeing: connect, notice, mindfulness, physical activity and generosity. Generosity: We learnt about the ripple effect, where if you brighten up someone else’s day, they will take that to mind and brighten another person’s day and so on and so on, making the world a better place. It doesn’t have to be a gift, just a smile or a helping hand. Physical Activity: We found out that doing physical activity will keep our body healthy and healthy body = healthy mind. We also found that doing it with friends makes it more enjoyable as we found out after

Health & Wellbeing week in Hereford

HEALTH & WELL-BEING WEEK Tuesday 5th June 2018 Throughout our recent Health and Wellbeing week, Hereford class have taken part in a wide range of activities to promote the importance of applying the 5 ways to wellbeing, and develop understanding of good spiritual, mental and physical health. We wanted the children to explore the value of courage. We had a discussion about what courage meant. We discovered that it means being brave. Doing something that you may be worried about, frightened of or nervous about. We designed medals and trophies that we thought would be a good prize to give to individuals who regularly show courage. We also thought about situations where we have already had to sh

Health and Wellbeing Week in Dexter Class

Health and Wellbeing Enrichment Week 5th- 8th June 2018 Last week the children learned all about The 5 Ways to Wellbeing and about the importance of spiritual, mental and physical good health. Throughout the week they took part in a wide variety of activities and learning opportunities. Tuesday The children visited the prayer stations. They learned about life for the thousands of homeless people on the streets, Amnesty International’s work in Asia, Courage, Fair Trade and reflected on things that they worry about and need to find courage for. We talked about our worries and ready the book ‘Hey Warrior!’ by Karen Young which told us all about how the amygdala in our brain works and how it con

This week in Hereford Class

What a busy start to the week! Y1 have completed their phonic screening and we are incredibly proud of them all and the progress that they have made with their reading. In English we are beginning a letter writing topic. We will be looking at what makes a good letter; good and bad examples; features of letters and then we will move onto writing our own letters for different purposes. In maths we are looking at pictograms, understanding what they represent, especially when the key is more than one. We will then construct our own based on data that we collect. In RE we are continuing with our topic of Judaism and comparing their celebrations to those of Christians. We have school photos on Fri

This week in Belted Galloway Class

This week in Belted Galloway class, the children will begin their preparations for the Summer Production in earnest. Reading through, group work and whole class scene setting will occur each day this week. In addition to this, the children will be extending their instruction skills in English, and getting to grips with algebra in maths. We will also be launching our new topic - Invaders - focusing on the Anglo-Saxons. On Thursday, the children will complete an extended computing lesson, which has been blocked to compensate for the reduced number of sessions in the run up to the tests. The children will look at blogging and will be recapping internet safety.

This Week in Friesian Class

This week, Friesian class will be starting a new writing unit on recount writing. We will write a recount explaining what we did during 'health and well-being' week. In maths, we will be problem solving using trial and error and continuing with geometry. In our maths clinic, we will revise a range of skills that we have learnt over the year. In RE, we will pool together everything that we have been learning over the year and look at a range of teachings from different religions. In art, we will learn how to create a wash background using powder paints. In science, we will continue learning about animals, including humans. Swimming will be on as usual but we only have two sessions left, inclu

This week in Dexter Class

This week in Dexter class, some of us will be focusing on the digraphs and trigraphs that are trickier to remember, whilst others will be learning how to edit work, by spotting mistakes and correcting them. We have been sent some more postcards and will be looking at maps and books to find out what the world is like in these places. In maths, we will be continuing with our rapid recall challenges and having read the book 'A fair bear share', we will be focusing on sharing equally and partitioning numbers into groups of ten and ones. The children have been writing lots of questions for those that will join us next September and have started to think about how things will be done in Year 1. La

Health and Wellbeing Week recipe ideas

Mrs A Smith is a fantastic cook and recommends this Halloumi and pea salad: (content from www.bbcgoodfood.com) Ingredients End comScore Tag Begin Header Tag Wrapper 2.0 End Header Tag Wrapper 2.0 StartFragment 750g pack new potatoes, halved 200g frozen peas 250g pack halloumi, thickly sliced juice 1 lemon 2 tbsp olive oil Small pack mint, chopped 75g pack pea shoots Method Cook the potatoes in a pan of boiling water for 15-20 mins or until tender, then add the frozen peas for the final 2 mins, drain and tip into a large serving bowl. In a large, non-stick frying pan over a high heat, sear the halloumi until golden on both sides, then set aside. Meanwhile, pour the lemon juice into a small

Health and Wellbeing Week recipe ideas

Try Mrs L Smith's favourite Jamie Oliver breakfast! (content from www.jamieoliver.com) StartFragment Ingredients 1 eating apple 100 g dried fruit , (I tend to use dried blueberries, cherries and raisins) 200 g porridge oats 1 heaped tablespoon flaxseeds 500 ml unsweetened almond milk , or regular milk 1 large ripe banana 4 tablespoons natural yoghurt 1 handful of mixed nuts , (or use a handful of my Gorgeous granola for a sweeter pot) 2 handfuls of fresh raspberries or blueberries , or a mixture of both runny honey , optional You will need: 6 portable pots with lids, plus spoons StartFragment Method Coarsely grate the apple on a box grater, then tip into a bowl. Add the dried fruit (finely c

This week in Hereford Class

Welcome back! We hope you had a fantastic half term and enjoyed the sun! Lots of children have been coming in with very excited holiday news, which is always so lovely to hear! This week we will be joining the rest of the school in our 'Health and Well-being week.' We have already looked at our new value of courage, what it means and times that we show it. We have also reflected on things that we are worried and scared of and will be discussing ways and strategies to deal with this. We looked at what healthy means, and no matter how healthy we are, we all get poorly. This moved us onto a discussion about medicine and we talked about how to stay safe around medicines. We completed the first

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