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This Week in Friesian Class

This week in Friesian Class we have finished our innovation story of 'The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe' and we are now moving on to writing our own version of a portal story. We will also use on of our English sessions to write up the method and results of our science investigation that we completed last week. The children planned and carried out their own investigation in groups based on the question 'Does temperature affect the rate at which clothes dry?' The children will use their results to make a bar graph. In maths, we started the week with a very interesting STOPS problem solving lesson. The children had to find all of the different solutions for packing their toys in pairs. They

This week in Belted Galloway

This week, Belted Galloway class will begin our latest computing topic, where we will be learning how to use the text-based programming language Python. This will prove to be both interesting and challenging for the children, so they will be able to exercise their learning powers. In Science, we will be exploring gravity, and using this concept to compare the ideas of mass and weight, linked to using a Newton meter. We will continue our work on fractions and non-chronological reports in maths and English respectively, whilst closing in on the end of our class novel, The Last Wild. It is really wonderful to see all children willing to read to the class, share ideas and express views while rea

This week in Dexter Class

This week in Dexter class we are learning the sounds oo (long as in zoo and short as in book) ar and or in Mrs Crampton and Mrs Smith's group, and the sounds ur, ow and oi in Mrs Smith and Mrs Lury's group. We will, as always, be applying this phonetic knowledge in our own writing of stories, signs and captions. In maths, we are continuing to learn about measurement and will be focusing on capacity. Last week we had great fun trying lots of different fruits, in an activity inspired by Handa's Surprise. This week, we will be finding out about different houses in Kenya and making comparisons and noting differences to the houses near here. We have already had some interesting ideas for our lear

This week in Hereford

​We have began the week with the innovation of The Gingerbread man. We have created our own escapee who will run, meeting many people along the way before being gobbled up by a sly creature. We continue with our division topic where we will share items through use of arrays and poisonous peas on plates. We are excited to have Mrs Hawkins join us for our Science lesson tomorrow where we will be using the outdoors to explore living things, before using maths skills to create tally charts and bar graphs. In RE we are looking at the Islamic festival of Ramadan and then Eid. We are comparing the similarities and differences and understanding the reasons why Muslims take part. Towards the end of

Being SMART online

The Adventures of Kara, Winston and the SMART Crew Childnet International have created guides for children to learn more about what they can do to keep themselves safe online. The cartoons illustrate 5 e-safety SMART rules and include a real life SMART Crew of young people, who guide the cartoon characters in their quest, and help them make safe online decisions. visit www.childnet.com/resources/the-adventures-of-kara-winston-and-the-smart-crew

Safer Internet Day Parent Pack

Safer Internet Day 2019 will be celebrated globally on Tuesday 5th February 2019 with the slogan “Together for a better internet”, the day provides a fantastic opportunity to engage with children about their digital lives. To help you talk to your children about having a positive and safe time online, The UK Safer Internet Centre have created a pack for parents and carers, including conversation starters, a factsheet, family pledge card and more! Visit their website for more details. https://www.saferinternet.org.uk/safer-internet-day/safer-internet-day-2019/education-packs/education-pack-parents-and-carers

This week in Hereford

In maths, we will be starting a new topic on division this week where we will be sharing items using 'peas on plates' and arrays. Other children will be looking at the relationship to multiplication and will use known facts in order to solve problems. We are continuing with our story writing and will be finishing off our versions of 'The Gingerbread Man' before innovating this and writing our own stories. In RE we will be looking at the 5 pillars of Islam and discovering ways that Muslims show their belief in their God, Allah. We touches on this in Autumn 1 and I was blown away with the amount that children could remember. We will be continuing our topic about where we live in PSHE and will

This Week in Friesian Class

This week, we have got stuck into our new maths topic, 'Fractions and Decimals'. So far, we have learnt how to find a fraction of an amount using our times tables. Miss Cale and Mr Beech came and visited our maths lesson on Tuesday to see what we have been learning about. In English, we are continuing with our story based on 'The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe'. The children are doing a brilliant job of using inverted commas and the Year 4's are trying hard to remember the punctuation rules for speech. In science, we have begun planning our own group investigation into the process of Evaporation. The children have created their own experiments to test 'Does temperature affect how fast towe

This week in Belted Galloway

This week, Belted Galloway class will be starting the week off in style with a trip to Bristol to take part in a science day at the 'We The Curious' interactive centre. We will be visiting the planetarium and taking part in a workshop about the Earth, Sun and Moon, which will really focus the children at the start of our new topic. In English, we are in the middle of our topic on Non-Chronological Reports: following our skills work last week, the children will write their own report this week, under my guidance, with regular points where they consider how their work meets the success criteria. In RE, we are at the beginning of a topic called Science and Religion: Complementary or Conflicting

This week in Dexter Class

This week in Dexter class we are reviewing the digraphs that we have learned so far and using them to create captions and sentences. We will also be revising the high frequency words we have already learned and spotting them in our guided reading books. In maths, we are learning about measure and will be using non standard measures to compare objects of different length and height. The children have worked hard to learn and retell the story of Handa's surprise and this week we will be looking at similarities and differences between the village she lives in, in Kenya, and Amberley. We will not be welly walking this week, but having had much discussion on predators and what different creatures

Simple Internet Safety

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This week in Hereford

We have continued our multiplication topic this week whereby we are looking at repeated addition and arrays. The children have really got the hang of this - particularly Y1, to who it is a totally new concept. We are also working on our numbers bonds to 10 and 20 so that we are rapidly recalling these facts. Megan 'WOWED' Y2 this week with her superb recall and they are really enjoying the competitions we are playing in class to speed up our recall. In English we are beginning to retell the story of 'The Gingerbread Man.' where were are using punctuation, vocabulary and grammar taught to embed into our writing, making it really interesting to read. Y2 are having a huge focus on apostrophes f

This week in Belted Galloway

This week, Belted Galloway class will be beginning a very important block of work on fractions. Often children (and adults) can have a negative mindset about these concepts, so we will be making sure we share enough images, ideas and models to help all children visualise the concepts, as well as fostering a positive, 'can do' attitude. In English, we will be continuing our non-chronological work, while in science we will go further into our work on the Earth in Space, looking at the relative movements of the Earth, Sun and Moon. On Friday, the class will be split in three directions: a number of children will be representing the school in the Stroud District 5-a-side football event; half the

This week in Dexter Class

This week in Dexter class we are learning the digraphs ai, ee, and oa in Mrs L Smith and Mrs Crampton's group and oo, ar, or and igh in Mrs A Smith and Mrs Lury's group. We will be revising the sounds and high frequency words we have already learned and spotting them in our guided reading books. In maths, we are continuing our work on subtraction and will be developing our ability to count down from numbers from 20 and below, as well as using practical equipment to work out problems. We had an action packed welly walk on Monday, with sightings of both buzzards and a kestrel and have since been talking about what different creatures eat and what they need to survive. This has tied in well wit

This Week in Friesian Class

This week, it feels like we are all getting used to being back at school. So far, we have continued to write our substitution version of 'The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe'. The children are really enjoying changing the characters slightly and putting their own spin on it. During this English unit, we are focusing on using description throughout a story, beginning with a fantastic setting description. We will also be looking at use of inverted commas and punctuation for speech. In maths, we are continuing with out unit on multiplication and division. This week, we will look at recalling division fact for the tables we know, as well as using a formal written method for division. In our 'Ex

Gadgets for Christmas?

Although too late for Christmas gift buying, the Australian Government gift guide has some helpful suggestions and guides for any electronic gifts that your children may have received over the festive period. With so many gadgets able to link to the internet, or other smart devices, it is worth a look to ensure that your child is protected as much as possible. https://www.esafety.gov.au/giftguide

This week in Hereford

Happy new year to you all. I hope you all had a fantastic Christmas and new year and are feeling refreshed and ready for another busy term. A huge thank you to you all for your generous gifts at the end of last term - you are all so kind, thoughtful and I am very grateful to have such wonderful parents, so thank you! To launch our new topic, we started the week with a letter from a very sad gingerbread man. It turned out that over the Christmas period, his family (all 30 of them) had been eaten. We decided that we would bake gingerbread men to replace his family. We had to weigh the ingredients using weighing scales, teaspoons and tablespoons. We baked them in the oven and the Gingerbread ma

This Week in Dexter Class

Welcome back! I hope you all had a wonderful holiday and enjoyed the festivities. The children have come back to school with such positivity towards the next steps in their learning. This week, we will be looking at the ng and nk digraphs in Mrs L Smith and Mrs Crampton's phonics group and ee, ai and oa in Mrs A Smith and Mrs Lury's group. All the children will be recapping on the many sounds that they have already learned and will be paying particular attention to the sounds th, ch, sh and qu, which often cause confusion. In maths, we will be beginning to look at subtraction and the children will be using objects to help solve subtraction problems. We have already had some interesting inf

This week in Belted Galloway

Hello and Happy New Year! This week, Belted Galloway class will be starting our new topic - 'Out of This World' - which will focus on the Earth in space. The children have lots of questions that they are keen to try and find the answers to in this subject, and I need to make sure I am doing lots of background reading to keep a few steps ahead! We will be continuing to use the Piers Torday novel 'The Last Wild' as our main text in whole-class guided reading, and will be focussed on inferring and deducing from the text. It is wonderful to hear all the children volunteer to read in front of the class in out 'Tune In / Tune Out' sessions. We will be painting in art this term: the children will

This Week in Friesian Class

A very Happy New Year! Welcome back. We hope you had a fantastic Christmas break and a brilliant start to the year. We are looking forward to getting stuck in to our new topic 'Extreme Survival'. We will begin the term with a topic launch day, where the children will find out all about our new topic. We will build shelters, look at weather patters and learn about the different types of climates around the world. In English, we will begin a new story writing unit, based on a classic book 'The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe'. The children will start by identifying the features of the tale and then begin to write their own version. In maths, the children will learn a written method for divisio

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