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Skins gambling

What is Skins Gambling? The average age of a gamer is now 32 years old. As such, many online games are aimed at those between 25-35 years old as they are more likely to have money to spend on games and the additional extras that can be bought. If you purchase a game for your child, have you considered against whom they will be playing? Will they want to keep up with other players, to have the best looking virtual equipment? ‘Skin gambling’ is on the rise and encourages gambling behaviours. In ‘skins gambling’ gamers exchange virtual goods that they have won or bought in multi-player games for virtual gambling chips. Millions of pounds-worth are being gambled each year, much of it by children

Hereford Art Day

Mrs Adams came into Hereford Class today for us to have an entire day of Art, funded by the PTA. The children spent the morning creating shields where they drew princes and princesses. They used shapes to create their characters and coloured them in carefully. Children also painted an incredible backdrop which was designed by Mrs Adams. Rapunzel is in her tower and the children painted the background of plants, water, the tower and the view. Later on in the day, the children made fairy tale characters. These ranged from the BFG, three little pigs, dragons, princesses, wicked queen, gingerbread men and many more. They used wooden spoons and spatulas to create their characters, using materials

This week in Belted Galloway

This week, Belted Galloway class will be completing their work on persuasive writing by taking a sideways step from informal adverts to more formal letters, looking at language, structure and tone to a greater extent. In maths, we will be exploring area and perimeter, concepts that the children often confuse, as well as linking these concepts to the more complex one of volume later inthe week. We will also be continuing our revision of the number operations, extending this to decimal numbers and fractions. In PSHE, we will be continuing our work on drugs and keeping healthy, looking at why certain drugs are legal and why others aren't, and also dispelling the myth that all legal drugs are '

This week in Dexter Class

This week in Dexter class we are going to be measuring in a variety of ways and using our knowledge of length, weight, capacity and time to solve problems and make comparisons. In phonics, we are reviewing the sounds that we have learned as well as high frequency and tricky words, and will be using them to play a game of snakes and ladders. We will also be working on reading and writing ccvc words and applying our phonetic knowledge in our writing. We have started the week off with a surprise visit from some two week old lambs and even had the chance to bottle feed them! We are looking forward to seeing where our learning will go next, as we have already had some interesting discussions abou

This week in Hereford Class

This week in Hereford Class we will be showing what we know by completing a few quizzes. Y1 will continue with their topic of time where they will telling the time (1/2 past and o'clock) whilst Y2 prepare for special quizzes, which I will inform parents of during parents' evening. Rev.John kindly came into school today whereby he discussed the Holy Week and how Christians celebrate Easter, including why. It is so amazing that Rev.John can share his expertise with the children but also, that the children can tell him all that they have learned in our topic. Children will continue to perform in Music where they will be playing on the glockenspiels to 'row, row, row your boat.' We will continu

This Week in Friesian Class

This week Friesian Class will go back to some sort of normality after our fantastic Art Day and visit from Reverend John last week. We will begin a new writing unit, focusing on 'Overcoming the Monster' tales. In maths, we will continue with fractions and decimals, looking at solving problems with money. It is brilliant for the children to do any money handling at home, whether this is counting up loose change or working out how much change is needed from a transaction in the shops. Mrs Harbord will be taking the class on Monday and Tuesday afternoon. She will start with an exciting science investigation, looking at light and reflective materials. She will also teach RE, continuing with our

TikTok

TikTok is a social network app from the creators of Musical.ly. As Musical.ly officially went offline in late 2018, TikTok (known as Douyin in China) has taken its place offering the user the ability to watch musical clips, create short clips up to 60 seconds and add special effects to them. All the content that was hosted on Musical.ly is now on TikTok. So if your child had a Musical.ly account they will now be able to access this content on TikTok. Should I have concerns? Although there are some safety features which can be set, the following have been raised as potential concerns: Inappropriate language Parents have expressed concern around the inappropriate language of some of the vide

This week in Hereford Class

What a busy week! So sorry for the late post. The children of Hereford have been very busy showing what they know by writing independent stories based on 'The Tiger who came for tea'. Children have moved onto time in maths where Y1 are telling the time: o'clock and half past and Y2 are looking at 5 minute intervals. We were lucky enough to get the instruments out on Tuesday where we were learning to play row, row, row your boat on a glockenspiel with Miss Griffths. We are continuing our computing topic where we are game testers. We are playing games using the computers, discussing their algorithms and making a testing predictions. We continue to look at the Easter story in RE and are looking

This Week in Friesian Class

This week Friesian Class will be completing some reading and maths booklets in order to show off what they have learnt this term. Miss Cale, who is a music expert, took the class on Monday afternoon for a music session. The children used their new recorders, provided by the PTA, to play some tunes. On Tuesday, we will receive a visit from Reverend John Spires to discuss the question 'What does Holy Week mean to a Christian?' The children will all come up with their own questions to ask him. On Thursday, there will be no swimming, as we are having an Art Day, taught by Sam Adams. We are very grateful to the PTA who have made this possible. Please could the children bring in their canvas bags,

This week in Dexter Class

This week in Dexter class we will be looking at cvcc words and trying to hear all of the sounds in them. This is quite a tricky task, but we are sure that the children will get the hang of it quickly! ​ We will be continuing with our work on Owl Babies and will be learning a new bird call on our welly walk, as well as investigating different animal homes and finding out what they need in their own habitats. ​ In maths, we will be completing the Amberley Rapid Recall club maths challenges and will be looking at ordering numbers on a number line, when some numbers are missing. ​ We are looking forward to showing Boris the sheep, who has been sent to stay with us from the Diocese, the sorts of

This week in Belted Galloway

This week, Belted Galloway class are starting the week with a trip to Zooropia at Bristol Zoo. Apart from having the chance to learn about the animals, we will take part in a high ropes challenge, using this experience in our writing later in the week. We will be completing our block of work on persuasive writing in English, with the children writing an advertisement for Zooropia. In maths this week, we will be solving problems using ration, as well as converting between decimals, fractions and percentages

How young people use the internet

The recent report from Ofqual has highlighted some interesting statistics about children and young people’s internet and media usage. It has also recognised that “Despite rising concerns, parents are, in some areas, less likely to moderate their child’s activities.” If you would like information on how you can activate various safeguarding settings, please visit https://www.internetmatters.org/advice/ and find the ‘Useful Guides for Parents’ section.

Nature Racers Competition

STOP PRESS! Feeling creative? Why not take part in the amazing Nature Racers competition, being held exclusively for Amberley Parochial Primary School? There is a fabulous wildlife camera to be won. For more details, visit:

This week in Belted Galloway

This week will be another busy week in Belted Galloway class. One of the highlights of our week will be Year 6 children taking part in a Mock Trial at Stroud Magistrates' court, which will develop the children's confidence as well as their understanding of the justice system. In maths, we will be completing our work on decimals, and moving onto a block of work on percentages, with the focus this week on finding percentages of quantities. This week the children will also get the chance to achieve personal best scores in their latest attempt at Club Maths. In Science this week, the children will begin their work on forces, with a focus on magnets and magnetism to start the block of work off.

This Week in Friesian Class

Friesian Class have started the week with a writing competition! The children have been given two lessons to write a story about anything they like. We have had some fantastic entries so far. This is an opportunity for children to use all the brilliant vocabulary, punctuation and language features that they have learn throughout the term. On Tuesday, we will have a lesson on problem solving, focusing on creating a list or table to help us systematically solve problems. We will then continue with our fractions and decimals unit. In RE, we have learnt about the significance of each event in Holy Week and sequenced the events that happened. In art, we will make more printing blocks ready for ou

This week in Hereford

This will be our final week on fractions - we have worked so hard to understand the tricky concept and we have all got onto an apply or deepen activity, which is fantastic! We are finishing off our retelling of a tiger that came for tea before we innovate it, changing the characters. We will then be writing our very own stories, using the structure we have learned. In RE we played pass the parcel where under each layer was a picture from the Easter Story. When we unwrapped the parcel we had to detail what was happening in the picture. We looked at Jesus arriving, his betrayal, his crucifixion, rising from the dead and visiting his disciples before going to heaven. Miss Griffiths is looking f

This week in Dexter Class

This week in Dexter class we will be looking again at some of the trickier digraphs and trigraphs in our phonics lessons. We are looking forward to sharing some of the children's writing when we attend a writing moderation with other schools in our cluster group. In maths, we will be looking at both adding and subtracting, and will be trying to solve problems involving sharing having read 'The Doorbell Rang', a book by Pat Hutchins. We will, as ever, be using the children's interests to lead our learning throughout the week, though will also be continuing our work based on the book 'Owl Babies' by Martin Waddell. On Monday, we will be welly walking and will be creating birds' nests and owls

Internet role models?

Ofcom released their “Children and parents: media use and attitudes report 2018” at the end of February. It examines children’s media literacy and provides detailed evidence on media use, attitudes and understanding among children and young people aged 5-15, as well as about the media access and use of young children aged 3-4. The report has identified some interesting changes in how the internet is used, with TV viewing being an area of rapid change. Half of all 5-15s now watch OTT[1] (Over the top) television services like Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and Now TV. YouTube is becoming the viewing platform of choice, with rising popularity particularly among 8-11s. Within this, vloggers are an

World Book Day 2019 in Friesian Class

Friesian Class have celebrated World Book Day in style with a ‘Grim Fairy tales’ theme. We started the day by reading the story of Hansel and Gretel. The children then shared the books that they brought in. They really enjoyed reading to each other and hearing each other read parts of their favou rite books. The children then worked in groups to create a new front and back cover for our Hansel and Gretel book. They drew pictures that they felt portrayed the story, without giving away the ending. They also wrote a blurb. In the afternoon, we had a drama competition. The children acted out the story, changing it to make it their own. Some of them changed the characters, while others re-wrote t

World Book Day in Hereford Class

What an exciting day we have had! We started off this morning with a character hunt. We were given clues about characters from fairy tales and traditional tales along with an anagram. We had to work out who the character was and then locate them around the school. After this, we were given stories; however, within these stories words had been changed to really strange ones - when we had finished laughing, we had to think about what word was meant to be in the story and replace it. We had a lovely Guided Reading session in the library where Miss Holden, Mrs Norris and Miss Griffiths read us stories; we designed our own bunting and made bookmarks. In the afternoon we had a quiz where we had to

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