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This week in Friesian Class

This week in Friesian class, we are innovating and writing our own versions of the Greek myth of Apollo and Chimera. The children have had great fun creating their own monsters and thinking of imaginative ways for him to be overcome! In maths, we are focusing on money and have started using decimal notation whilst adding and subtracting, as well as converting between pounds and pence. In our art work, we have been looking at the works of famous artists, such as Rembrandt, Picasso, Turner and Munch, and using visual language to describe them, as well as learning about different painting techniques. We have focused in on watercolour and have had great fun trying out new techniques in preparati

This Week in Belted Galloway class

This week in Belted Galloway class we will be completing our science study about classifying and grouping living things. The children will be presenting their power points on their studied animal group, and we will be learning lots of facts about the less familiar 'phylum' of annelids, crustaceans and molluscs. The children will then be combining their maths and science skills by sorting animals using Venn, Carroll and sorting diagrams based on observable features. In English, we will be concluding our topic on non-chronological reports, with the children choosing a topic to write about, with many opting for topics linked to our recent science or history topics. Mathematically, we will be mo

This week in Dexter class

We are looking at the work of David McKee this week and his famous character Elmer, a kind and thoughtful elephant who isn't afraid to be different.We are using audio versions as well as Big Books and standard books to encourage children to listen and look at the story in a variety of ways. The stories of Elmer's adventures lend themselves to all sorts of activities including phonics, maths and creative learning. Today we completed a collaborative collage of Elmer using felt and we will also look at mixing colours, 2D shapes and different techniques for creating patterns. We will also be discussing being different, and how we can be kind and helpful which links to our value of service. We wi

This week in Hereford Class

Wow! Nativity in just over 2 weeks, where have the weeks gone? Our Nativity is on Tuesday 10th December at 1.45pm and 6pm. There is no immersion curriculum this week as we are taking time on speaking & listening activities, drama and singing to prepare for our production of 'The INN-spectors'. Please help your children to memorise their lines, using expression. This is the reason you will not have received a curriculum overview sheet this week. I hope that the children were able to articulate this to you. We are continuing our letter writing journey whereby we are linking this to our Kenyan topic. We are writing letters to the head teacher of the school, explaining about our school and some

This Week in Belted Galloway

This week in Belted Galloway class we will be extending and applying our division skills to solve problems and puzzles. The children will be working through progressively challenging stages, aiming for self-improvement while looking to check that their answers make full sense. In English, we will be writing Non-Chronological Reports. Part of the work will be looking at technical and impersonal styled writing, and extending punctuation structures to include colons and brackets. Our new topic in the immersion curriculum will be a science based one: Grouping and Classifying Living Things. The children will be exploring the different types of vertebrates and invertebrates, and will be focusing o

This week in Hereford Class

This week we have started a new English journey of letter writing whereby we have found the features and are now ordering them, making sure that we have everything in the right place. In maths we are continuing with fractions of number, using our knowledge of division and multiplication. We continue with our Science topic of Humans where we will look at diet, exercise and hygiene. We have given out the parts of the Nativity and your children should have received a script to practise and learn their lines. I hope the continuous Christmas singing doesn't drive you all mad. Thank you to all of you that attended parents' evening. It was such a positive evening and it was lovely to share the prog

This week in Friesian class

It was so lovely to see you all at parents' evening last week and have the opportunity to discuss your children's learning with you. This week in Friesian class, we will be looking at missing number problems and number puzzles in maths, and will be challenging ourselves to persevere with tricky problems which have an element of trial and error. In English, we are continuing with our story writing based on Apollo and Chimera, and are focusing particularly on using adverbs, and adverbial phrases and clauses to make our writing more interesting. In RE, we will be looking at the Jewish festival of Rosh Hashanah, and will be finding out about (and tasting) foods which are traditionally eaten at t

This week in Dexter class

I really enjoyed meeting with so many of you to discuss the progress that your children are making in school. They have all settled so well and seem to be thriving even though some have succumbed to nasty bugs and winter colds! This week, Dexter class will be continuing on their journey into story writing by looking at how we describe the main setting, characters, dilemmas and solutions. We will be following on from our work last week where we talked about what superpowers we would like to have and how we could use them to help serve other people. The children will also be linking their learning to Maths by using a dice to select characters, props etc. Children will be building speed at reco

Online safety- app update

The above images were recently shared at KCSiE19 and Safeguarding for Governors training. Whilst we appreciate that many primary aged children may not have access to their own smart devices, we wanted to share this with you in order to raise awareness of some of the current issues surrounding apps. For more information on these, and other apps, please visit

This week in Belted Galloway class

This week, Belted Galloway class will be beginning their learning by taking part in a movement and music block of work linked to their previous learning of World War 2. Our visit to the war memorial to pay our respects will also occur on this day, making it a poignant time. We will then be working on a PSHCE topic looking at aspects of citizenship and British values: we will be exploring the themes of liberty, respect and tolerance through work on personal identities, personal opinions and conflict resolution. In English we will be focusing on writing non-chronological reports, while in maths we will be developing the children's written methods of division. We will also be having a problem s

This week in Friesian Class

This week in Freisian class, we will be looking at the different parts of our Greek myth and having a go at writing our own versions, in our English lessons. We look forward to showing you our character descriptions during parents evening on Wednesday and Thursday this week. We will be using Venn and Carroll diagrams to sort 2d shapes to a variety of criteria, as well as subtracting and multiplying in maths. We will be adding finishing touches to our animations in computing and tying together our learning on World War 2 in History - a topic which the children have been greatly interested in. We are very grateful to those who have sent in memorabilia and personal information to help make bett

This week in Dexter class

This term we will be teaching the children about our value of service and discussing how we can be of help to others. On Monday, we will be visiting the war memorial at 11am to remember all of those brave service men and woman who have given service to our country in years gone by and also in more recent conflicts. We will be holding a 2 minute silence so that we can reflect and show thankfulness to them. In guided reading we will be continuing to look at Supertato in more detail by producing our own story maps, describing the characters and making up our own characters, writing captions and labels. We will make masks for our characters and also link to health and self care by talking abo

This week in Hereford Class

We will be celebrating our WWII week by visiting the war memorial at 11am to remember all of those brave soldiers who gave service to our country. We will hold a 2 minute silence to reflect and show thankfulness. In Science we are starting a 2 week block on Humans where we will be looking at the body parts, the parts associated with our senses, offspring which grow into adults and how important it is to consider our diet, hygiene and the amount of exercise we do. In maths we have begun a division topic where we are using peas on plates, arrays and our knowledge of multiplication to solve calculations and problems. In English we are excited to be innovating the story of Not Now Bernard where

Phonics Evening Tonight

A reminder that there is a phonics evening tonight for parents and carers of children in Dexter and Y1 class from 5.45pm to 6.45pm. This evening will provide you with information about the teaching of phonics, how to support at home as well as the statutory assessments which Y1 will undertake in June 2020. We hope to see as many of you as possible!

This week in Dexter class

Welcome back to all our Dexter class children. The children have all returned full of stories of their time spent with families and friends. I am please that they all seem to be so keen as this term will be a busy one! We will soon be starting preparations for the Nativity, we have our phonics curriculum evening on Thursday and the sign up sheets for Parents evening are now available in the school entrance lobby. We are continuing our Maths mastery approach, looking at one more and one less, using short number sentences to solve problems and how to partition numbers up to 5. In our literacy/guided reading we will be focusing on Supertato by Sue Hendra, for the next couple of weeks, linking

This week in Friesian Class

Welcome back! I hope that you have all had a good break. This week, we will be starting a new English journey, based on a Greek quest myth, Apollo and Chimera. When we were learning about the Romans, the children were interested in the early Roman religion and today, whilst looking at timelines, we talked about the overlap in the religious beliefs of these ancient civilisations. The children have enjoyed retelling the story today and discussions are already taking place about the adaptations they want to make to create their own stories! In maths, we looked at the properties of 2d shape today, and as year 3 continue working to develop formal methods in subtraction, year 4 will be starting wo

This week in Hereford Class

Welcome back! We hope that you had a restful half term and enjoyed time with your friends and family. This term is a very busy term with parents evening, the phonic's curriculum evening and The Nativity! I can't believe we are already mentioning Christmas! This week in English we are continuing with our story journey of Not Now Bernard where we are retelling the story as well as innovating it. We will continue to practise the skill of multiplication and move onto applying and deepening this. Our new RE topic is "What does it mean to belong to a faith community?" where we will be looking at what happens during traditional ceremonies in different faiths and thinking about the love and belongi

This week in Belted Galloway class

This will be an incredibly busy first week back after half term, so we hope your child has had a good rest at half term! Our topic this week with be World War 2, where we will be looking at the reasons behind the war and considering evidence from the time, such as radio speeches from Chamberlain and Churchill. Year 6 pupils will have the opportunity to hone their cycling skills as they take part in 'Bikeability' this week, while all children will be working with local artist Sam Adams on some exciting art work linked to spirituality that will be very prominent in school soon. In maths, we will be looking at the order of operations (BIDMAS or BODMAS, depending how old you are!) and multiplyin

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