The Amberley Blog

Thank you from Hereford

I cannot believe the term is coming to an end. The year has flown by and I will miss those children who are moving on to Year 3 but feel lucky to have my year 1s for another year. I would like to take this opportunity to thank each and every one of you! You have been a fantastic bunch of parents to work with: generous, supportive and I feel incredibly lucky to work in such a special place with you, the community, the staff and the children of Amberley. Your children have been wonderful, have worked incredibly hard and made such great progress. They each have their own qualities and I have really enjoyed seeing them grow. I hope that you all have a fantastic summer! Enjoy the break. See you i

Friesians’ Dodgeball Tournament

On Thursday 4th July 2019, Friesian class had the best time with Mrs Stevens and Mrs Smith when they gave up their time to provide a phenomenal dodgeball tournament. However, it was not all about the winning there were also fair play points. All the teams took part and had a great time and the leader board ended like this: 4th place with 6 points was red, in 3rd place with 9 points was green and in 2nd place was yellow with 15 points. In 1st, was blue team with 25 points. All the teams also played against each other in the game called “Trust Nobody”. Overall it was a practically perfect day in every way. Written by Alice and Chloe #friesians #activeamberley #main

Fantastic Friesian Class Netball Tournament Thursday 18th July 2019

This morning, Friesian class had an amazing netball tournament organised by Mrs Smith. First, we went into our house colours before the all the rules of netball were explained to us. Every team played each other so that we all had 3 games of netball. We enjoyed ourselves by saving and winning games and some were drawn. It was challenging trying to win each game with only 5 minutes per match but that made it more fun as we were not sitting around for lots of the time. We were able to have a rest between games so that could catch our breath ready for the next match. All the children enjoyed themselves and the overall winner was Blue team. By Harry D, Laurie and Adam #friesians #activeamberl

Fantastic Friesian Class Netball Tournament Thursday 18th July 2019

This morning, Friesian class had an amazing netball tournament organised by Mrs Smith. First, we went into our house colours before the all the rules of netball were explained to us. Every team played each other so that we all had 3 games of netball. We enjoyed ourselves by saving and winning games and some were drawn. It was challenging trying to win each game with only 5 minutes per match but that made it more fun as we were not sitting around for lots of the time. We were able to have a rest between games so that could catch our breath ready for the next match. All the children enjoyed themselves and the overall winner was Blue team. By Harry D, Laurie and Adam

Friesians’ Dodgeball Tournament

On Thursday 4th July 2019, Friesian class had the best time with Mrs Stevens and Mrs Smith when they gave up their time to provide a phenomenal dodgeball tournament. However, it was not all about the winning there were also fair play points. All the teams took part and had a great time and the leader board ended like this: 4th place with 6 points was red, in 3rd place with 9 points was green and in 2nd place was yellow with 15 points. In 1st, was blue team with 25 points. All the teams also played against each other in the game called “Trust Nobody”. Overall it was a practically perfect day in every way. Written by Alice and Chloe

This week in Hereford Class

The last full week of term has arrived and it's a busy one. KS1 were lucky enough to watch the KS2 end of year production which they really enjoyed! Well done to all of those involved. We are finishing our biography journey this week where we will be writing all about different people. We are continuing to embed rapid recall skills in maths where we are playing lots of games including: finger maths, bingo and dice grab. The children will have one more opportunity to complete the rapid recall challenge this year and all this data will be used ready for next year. If your child has a sibling at Amberley Playground, they will be walking down on Wednesday at 11.30 to watch their play. Y1 and Y2

This week in Belted Galloway class

This week is a very exciting week in Belted Galloway class as we make the finishing touches to put our play together. We will be working with props, costumes and sound and lighting in our preparation. After all the hard work the children have put in, this is the week where it really feels like we are making strides forward. Through the process, it has been wonderful to see the children grow in confidence. We know it is a big thing for a lot of children to get up on stage and sing, dance and act, so we are hugely proud of what they are achieving this term. #beltedgalloway #main

This week in Friesian Class

This week we are finishing off our science topic of forces, discussing what we have found out and asking further scientific questions. We will be looking more at the idea of a 'Journey of Life' in RE and writing about our views on the creation. In our topic sessions, we will be discussing the purpose of Stone Henge. In Maths, we will be looking at shape and in English we will be writing the ending to our stories based on the film called Adrift. We are also busy putting the final touches to the play. #main #friesians

This week in Hereford

We can't believe where the time is going! We only have 12 days left of school. Y2 children are having additional move up days with Mrs Crampton as the new Dexter starters have mornings in EYFS with Mrs Penn. This gives Miss Holden an opportunity to work with the current Y1 children and the current Dexter children, ready for next year. This is a great opportunity for all year groups to get to know their new classmates and routines. In English we are writing a newspaper report in full. We are reporting on the fantastic sports day that was held on 28th June. In maths we are really concentrating on rapid recall skills for: number bonds and multiplication. Please continue to do this at home. We a

This week in Dexter Class

This week in Dexter class, we will be looking at problem solving in our maths work. The children will solve logic problems as well as addition and subtraction problems, where they will apply their knowledge of counting on and back on a number line, to add and takeaway. We will also be introducing some dice games. In phonics, each group will be revising the high frequency and tricky words that they have learned and will be focusing individually on the ones they find hard to recall for reading and spelling. On Tuesday and Wednesday morning, the children will be going into Hereford class as part of their transition work, in preparation for year 1. They will spend time with their new classmates

This week in Friesian Class

This week in Friesian class, we are writing a narrative to tell the story of an animation called Adrift. We are focusing on interesting sentence structure and descriptive language. In maths, we are looking at measure, working with weight, length and capacity. We are converting between units of measure and solving problems. In RE we have already compared two religious wedding ceremonies, where we discussed how they were similar and how they differed. In science, we will be continuing to look at forces, and throughout the week we are joining Belted Galloway to rehearse the play in preparation for our performances.

This week in Belted Galloway

This week, Belted Galloaway class will be attending an authors' event at the Everyman theatre in Cheltenham. We will be hearing from the authors of two books that we have been studying and enjoying this year: Ross Mackenzie, who wrote the Nowhere Emporium, a fantasy adventure about stealing imagination and creating a fantastic world, and S.E. Durrant who wrote Running on Empty, a gritty novel about a boy growing up in inner city London with parents with learning difficulties, coping with the death of his grandfather. We have really enjoyed both books, so are looking forward to hearing from the authors. Excitingly, three of our children have been chosen to read some of their work on stage at

Race for Life

On Sunday morning, several members of staff met at Cheltenham racecourse to take part in the Cancer Research Race for Life 5km run. We were all very grateful that the sun was not as hot as the previous day and that we all made it around in one piece! We would like to say a huge 'thank you' to those of you who donated to our fundraising efforts so generously. We are pleased to announce that to date, we have raised a fabulous £1,263 (and gift aid!). If you would like to donate, but haven't had the chance, please feel free to visit our fundraising page: https://fundraise.cancerresearchuk.org/teamamberley There are very few of us that haven't been affected by cancer in some way. Raising funds fo

This week in Dexter class

This week in Dexter class, we will be looking at high frequency and tricky words that we have learned so far and trying to improve the speed of our recall. We will also be looking at words with three consonants in a cluster at the start. This is called a consonant blend. In maths, we are looking at problem solving and investigation. We will be focusing on half and double, and will be using bother shape and number. We will also be completing our rapid recall challenges. On Tuesday morning, the children will go into Miss Holden's class and will spend time getting used to being in a year 1/2 class. It will give them the opportunity to get to know the other children better and continue the tran

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