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This week in Belted Galloway

This week, Belted Galloway class will be starting three new aspects of their learning. In English, we will be launching our next book, 'The Nowhere Emporium' by Ross Mackenzie, which we will be using to enhance the children's reading and writing skills. It is a book full of magic and mystery, and promises to really inspire and stretch the children's imaginations. In maths, we will be looking at dividing fractions by whole numbers, which is often an area of maths that adults, let alone children, get confused about. Using models and images as well as numbers, we hope to develop children's practical and abstract understanding. Still linking closely to our overarching theme of Earth and Beyond,

This Week in Friesian Class

Welcome back after the half term! We hope you had a lovely, restful break. The children came in with lovely smiles this morning and were very enthusiastic to tell us all about their half terms. In English, we have started a new unit on discussion writing. We have identified the features of discussion texts and will be writing our own discussion text based on the question 'Should children be allowed to eat chocolate for breakfast?' I'm sure the children will have lots of interesting opinions on this matter. In maths, we are continuing with fractions and decimals, particularly focusing on tenths and hundredths. In RE, we will look at our new value for the term, 'Compassion'. In art, we have st

This week in Dexter Class

Welcome back! We hope that you had an enjoyable break and have managed to make the most of the glorious sunshine! This week in Dexter class, we will be learning the sounds ear, er and air in Mrs Crampton and Mrs Smith's group and reading ccvcc words using the tricky vowel digraphs in Mrs Smith and Mrs Lury's group. We are going to be learning about subtraction in maths and will be beginning to learn the first part of our new story, "Owl Babies" by Martin Waddell. We are hoping to get a closer look at some of the equipment being used by the builders who are working on Culver Hill and will centre some of our writing around this. We have an exciting term ahead and look forward to sharing the ch

This week in Hereford

Welcome back to Spring Term 2. I hope that you have all had a restful and enjoyable break. This week we will explore our new value of compassion and look at the Christian story of 'The Good Samaritan'. We will think about ways that we show compassion and how this helps us to be good people, friends and members of the community. In maths we will continue with our fractions topic; however, we will be looking at finding fractions of number and objects, by dividing by the denominator. Y2 children will also be using their knowledge of finding 1/4 to find 3/4 by multiplying their answer by the numerator. We will begin a new English topic on story - based on 'The tiger who came for tea.' We will le

Cyberbullying

Cyberbullying is when someone uses technology, such as the internet or a mobile device to bully others. Cyberbullying includes things such as sending nasty text messages, excluding others from messaging apps, ‘hacking’ into someone else’s social media account, pretending to be them, ‘tagging’ people into statuses or embarrassing photos about them. ‘Indirect’ cyberbullying is bullying where a name isn’t mentioned, however it is obvious to all involved who is being talked about eg. ‘You know whose dress is disgusting’. Being a victim of cyberbullying can be very distressing for a young person as messages can be sent anonymously and it is difficult to know who the bully is. Moreover, the bully

Musical Visit

Friesian Class were extremely lucky to be visited by Mr Rasch (Paul’s dad), a music composer. He began by taking us through music written a long time ago and played us music from different countries and cultures from around the world. He explained to us that our Western music is made up of twelve tones. He took us back to the oldest piece of European music and then played us a range of Western music, including Star Wars, Indiana Jones and Lord of the Rings. He then told us about the structure of an orchestra and why they sit in a certain formation. The four elements that music consists of are Rhythm, Melody, Harmony and Counterpoint. He showed us an example of each of these. He talked us th

Extreme Survival

Friesian Class were visited by Mr Payne (James’ dad), who works as a Commander in The Royal Navy. He gave a fantastic talk explaining all about his experiences of the navy and surviving in difficult conditions. First he tested us on our geography, showing us all the places that the navy are based in order to support British dependencies. This support includes things like, helping to rebuild houses after devastation from weather. Then we moved onto types of submarine, ships and aircrafts. The children were very keen to find out all about how everything worked and where you could find all of these things. We then moved onto his time spent on HMS Sutherland and he told us some fantastic stories

This Week in Friesian Class

This week in Friesian Class we are starting a short poetry writing unit. We are using a poem called 'The City of Silences' as our inspiration. The poem looks at different types of nouns particularly common and abstract nouns and links these two together. The children have really enjoyed being creative with their poems so far and have written some fantastic things. In maths, we are continuing with our fractions unit and will also have a lesson devoted to problem solving. In RE, we are finishing up our unit on Hinduism, bringing together everything that we have learnt. The children have created posters or fact pages that answer the question 'What is good about being a Hindu in Britain today?'

This week in Belted Galloway

This week, children in Belted Galloway class will be taking part in maths assessments, where they will have the chance to show the progress they have made this term. Alongside this, they will continue to develop their calculation using decimals, focusing particularly on dividing whole numbers by decimals - something I never did until well into secondary school! Friday's maths lesson will culminate with our GECKO challenge, where the children will work collaboratively and co-cooperatively to solve a range of demanding problems. It will be a lovely way to end the term. We look forward to seeing some of you at Fantastic Friday at the end of the week, where you will have the chance to look at y

This week in Dexter Class

This week in Dexter class, we are looking back over the sounds and high frequency words that we have learned so far and assessing the children's progress, so that we can help to improve their confidence with any sounds that they are less familiar with. In maths, we will be completing our club maths challenges using addition and will be learning how to use what we have found out to make more accurate estimates with number. We will also be doing some problem solving. We have had great fun learning about Kenya, as part of our work on 'Handa's surprise' and will be talking further about the similarities and differences between our two countries. We are looking forward to seeing you on Friday mor

This week in Hereford Class

We are finishing off our letter writing in English and have continued writing letters for different purposes: a thank you letter; a post card and finally a complaint. We are continuing our topic of fractions where we are looking at shapes. Y1 are identifying halves and quarters whilst Y2 are identifying these as well as thirds and three quarters. I was over the moon to see how much the children had learned in RE. Comparing Islam to Christianity - the detail and facts that the children have remembered and recording was absolutely amazing! Well done Hereford Class. We will finish our puppets this week, with a dedicated morning lesson to ensure that they are finished so our fairy tale character

Safer Internet Day 2019

This week, we celebrated Safer Internet Day and joined others around the globe in working 'Together for a Better Internet'. In Dexter class, the children talked about what they use computers, tablets and phones for, and learned that all these devices are connected through the internet. The children talked about how important it is to stay safe on the internet by only using apps and programs that parents have checked, and taking the device to an adult if something pops up on screen that they are unsure about. In Hereford class, the children watched a video released by the Safer Internet Day organisers, and discussed how they treat people in real life. They then discussed how they should be ki

This Week in Friesian Class

This week in Freisian Class , we have been continuing our portal stories. The children are really enjoying writing their own version of a portal story and they have come up with some fantastic ideas. In maths, we started the week with a brilliant, practical, fractions lesson, taught by Mr Beech. We turned the classroom into a pirate ship and the children explored different practical representations of fractions. It was so much fun! We have used the skills that we learnt in the lesson to continue with fractions this week, moving onto equivalent fractions and adding fractions. In RE, we are continuing with our Hinduism unit, focusing on Dharma, Karma and Reincarnation. The children learnt a lo

This week in Belted Galloway

Hopefully this week will be a less weather-interrupted one! We hope to complete our current novel, The Last Wild, which promises to be an interesting and emotional ending: the children have really invested in these characters, and their reading comprehension has been really impressive. We will be starting our new block of writing in English, which will be story-writing in the science fiction genre, while we will continue our fractions work in maths. We will be celebrating Safer Internet Day on Tuesday by empowering our young people to take control of their digital lives and consider how consent works in an online context. The work we will carry out explores how young people ask for, give and

This week in Dexter Class

This week in Dexter class, we will be learning the sounds igh, ur, ow and oi with Mrs Crampton and Mrs Smith's group and ear, er and air in Mrs Smith and Mrs Lury's group. We will be putting our phonic knowledge into practice throughout the week as we make signs, write sentences and even make our own books. ​ We are continuing to learn about Kenya as part of our work based on Handa's Surprise and will also be learning about Chinese New Year and how it is celebrated. In maths, we will be continuing our work on measurement and will be learning about weighing, trying different ways to measure how heavy things are, making comparisons and solving problems. We have already heard from one of

This week in Hereford

We are really excited to be starting a new, non-fiction topic of letter writing this week. We will be basing our writing around the story of Lost and Found by Oliver Jeffers. We will be finding the features of letters, comparing letters and writing our own, for different purposes. Tuesday will be our final lesson on division before we move onto fractions of number and shape. We are continuing to program and debug our sprites during computing, instructing them to move to different planets. We are excited to show Mrs Crampton what we have learned as she is visiting us Monday afternoon. In RE we are continuing to look at Islam where we are exploring the Muslim place of worship, the mosque. We w

Safer Internet Day

Safer Internet Day 2019 will be celebrated in the UK on Tuesday 5th February, focusing on the theme of: Together for a better internet and the children of Amberley Primary will be taking part in a range of activities to support their understanding of staying safe when online. The aim of Safer Internet Day is to inspire a national conversation about using technology responsibly, respectfully, critically and creatively. Coordinated in the UK by the UK Safer Internet Centre the celebration sees hundreds of organisations get involved to help promote the safe, responsible and positive use of digital technology for children and young people. Find out more at www.saferinternetday.org.uk. The UK Saf

**SCHOOL CLOSURE**

Please note that school will be closed today, Friday 1st February, due to adverse weather. We apologise for the inconvenience. Apparently the county website is not coping with the large amount of traffic, so may not be up to date. Wrap up warm and enjoy the snow!

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