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Internet Safety - online guides

Online safety guide 6 – 10 years As internet use grows learn about the steps you can make to establish positive behaviour and how you can teach your child to stay safe. Internetmatters.org have produced a handy guide for parents of primary aged children. Visit their informative site to find out more: https://www.internetmatters.org/resources/online-safety-guide-6-10-year-olds/

This week in Belted Galloway class

This week we will be completing an art study of trees, and will be combining painting and sketching skills to do this. The children will be applying atmospheric washes prior to adding their trees, looking at the specific detail of the branches, twigs and leaves. On Wednesday, the children will have the chance to create their own individual and creative pieces following the previous two days of creating work inspired by specific images. In English, we will be starting a short block of work on tragedy narratives: we will be looking at the story line of Shakespeare's Macbeth, and we will be retelling the plot through the medium of drama before eventually moving on to rewriting the story using a

This week in Dexter class

Welcome back, I hope everyone had a chance to relax and recharge over the holiday. Our focus this term is 'Once upon a time...' and we will be learning about traditional stories, including those from the Bible, fables, rhymes and poems. We will use these as the basis for much of our work in literacy and mathematics as well as for our other areas of learning. This week our traditional story will be 'The Gingerbread Man'. This well known story will give us many opportunities for learning including: recipe/instructional writing, exploring shape, space and measure, looking at weighing and measuring (we will be baking gingerbread), being creative with our own designs for gingerbread people (made

This week in Hereford Class

Welcome back to Spring 2 - I hope you all had a restful break and enjoyed time with friends and family! We are excited to be back and launching our new topic for our immersion curriculum. For the next two weeks we are looking at 'wonder women.' We will be studying the lives of Florence Nightingale, Emily Davison and Rosa Parks and thinking about why they are such significant people in our history. Our new Christian Value is forgiveness. Our Bible story which links to this is Zaccheus the tax collector. We will be looking at several other stories which support the value across the term. We will listen, discuss and reflect upon these stories during our class worship. We start a new topic in RE

This week in Friesian class

Welcome back! This week we will be focusing on our termly value of forgiveness in our RE lesson and will be asking 'big questions' about life and the world around us. In English, we will be delving into tragedies as we begin a writing unit based on Romeo and Juliet, using a novel version written for children as our starting point. In maths, we will be starting the week with a Gecko group problem solving challenge, before beginning work on fractions. In our immersion work, we will be learning more about rivers, which will follow on beautifully from the end of last term, where we started looking at the larger rivers in Europe. We will be learning about the water cycle and the different physica

Internet Safety - The 4 Cs

The internet is an amazing resource which enables children and young people to connect, communicate and be creative in a number of different ways, on a range of devices. However, the internet is always changing, and being able to keep up to date with your children’s use of technology can be a challenge. You may sometimes feel that your children have better technical skills than you do, however children and young people still need advice and protection when it comes to managing their lives online. Issues that your child may encounter on the internet will vary depending on their age and online activities. These potential online risks have been grouped into these 4 categories: Conduct, Conten

Internet Safety - Friendly WiFi

If children are taking their devices out of the home, it's worth bearing in mind that they could connect to public wifi, for example, in a shop, cafe or restaurant. Look out for the Friendly WiFi symbol which shows that the wifi has filters in place to limit access to inappropriate content. More information can be found by visiting the website www.friendlywifi.co.uk

Hereford Class: Our Community

On Thursday, 13th February 2020, as part of our spiritual wheel and thinking about others in our community, we walked down to Amberley Playgroup to perform our music to the younger children. We played London’s burning on the glockenspiels whilst singing. Amberley playgroup really enjoyed the performance. Some of the Hereford children had taught their siblings the song at home, so they joined in! Well done Hereford Class. Despite feeling nervous, you did really well and gave great pleasure to the children and staff at Playgroup! Your perseverance and keep on improving attitudes really paid off! Please visit the blog to see a video of some of the children performing in class. Photos can be fou

This fortnight in Belted Galloway class

Firstly,I apologise for not being able to update the blog last week. While I was away from school, I received nothing but positive feedback about the class and how they worked with a range of different adults. This was so comforting to hear, and is a brilliant sign about how your children will adapt to having lots of changes and a number of different teachers in secondary school. They had a trip to SKillZONE in Gloucester to look at keeping safe and healthy, and to deal with hazard and risk assessment. The children took so much on board from the trip, and the adults who worked with them were so complimentary about their attitudes and maturity. Miss Cale also worked with them in creating desi

This week in Dexter class

This week we will be spending a bit of time doing some practical activities to help us get better at drawing circles! The reason behind this is that a circle forms the basis of many of our letter and number shapes and so we need to get used to going in different directions (with a pencil or scissors) using good control. To help us with this I have chosen a piece of artwork called Squares with Concentric Circles by Wassily Kandinsky. After learning about this painting the children will produce their own versions, drawing or painting circles, using mediums of paint, chalk crayon or pencil. We will discuss how to mix colours (primary) to make others (secondary) and also talk about how the pain

This week in Hereford Class

This week in Hereford Class we are innovating the story of Gorilla. We are writing our own stories, using our own plans and characters, following the structure written by Anthony Browne. In maths we are continuing to revise and use calculation methods and rapid recall. In RE we are reflecting on our value of trust. We have been looking at Christians' belief in God and how they show these beliefs. We have linked the Christian value of trust to our own lives, thinking of real life experiences and times where we have shown we are trustworthy. We have thought back to the fable of 'The Fox and the crow', the parable of 'The storm on the lake' and 'The Miracle'. We have our worship box in our ref

Internet safety - parental controls

The 4 big internet providers in the UK – BT, Sky, TalkTalk and Virgin Media - provide their customers with free parental controls which can be activated at any time. They have come together to produce helpful video guides to help you to download and set-up the controls offered by your provider. Visit https://www.saferinternet.org.uk/advice-centre/parents-and-carers/parental-controls-offered-your-home-internet-provider to find out more. No filter or parental controls tool is 100% effective, and many of the risks that young people face online are because of their own and other’s behaviour. It is therefore important to talk to your children about staying safe online and make sur

Hereford Printing Celebration

The Hereford Printing celebration has been delayed slightly! A display will be placed in the Hall by Monday in order for you all to come and see the printing work that Hereford Class have been doing. We have linked our printing to spirituality and the reasons for the children's choices of print have been touching. It has taken a little longer than planned, to make our printing blocks and therefore we will finish the printing by the end of this week. Once the printing has dried, then this can be displayed for viewing. Please do come in and see the children's art work on Monday, after school.

Friesian class map request

As part of our work in geography this term, we will be looking at maps of the area and finding evidence of changes over time. If you have a map of the local area that you would be willing to lend us, we would be very grateful if you could send them in (and name them so we don't get them muddled), please. Ordnance survey/ road maps will be ideal as we can then spot potential evidence of Roman roads and place names that give us clues to the past. Many thanks for your continued support., Friesian class

This week in Dexter class

This week in Dexter class, we are looking at number bonds to 10 continuing our work on addition and subtraction. We will be using practical resources and playing games such as 10 green bottles; building a wall, knocking the bottles off using beanbags, identifying numbers and then working out our number sentence to give us our bonds. Challenges will also include using different shapes and sizes of blocks in groups of 10 to see who can build the tallest and shortest towers. Lolly sticks have been used today with children working together to make their own patterns and designs using only 10 sticks. We will also be counting backwards from 10 to blast off our rockets and looking at what numbers w

This week in Hereford Class

In English this week we are continuing the journey, which we started at the end of last week - the story of 'Gorilla' by Anthony Browne. We have so far: learnt the story, retold the story and boxed up the story into beginning, middle and end (Y1) and opening, build up, problem and resolution (Y2). We will be unpicking the story and then we will go onto writing our own versions of it, before innovating it to make our own stories. In maths we are having a week on calculation whereby we are looking at the four operations but with missing numbers as well as having an emphasis on rapid recall. Our immersion curriculum topic changes this week to Art where we are printing. We are going to be design

WALT be geographers

This week in Freisian class, we are learning about Europe, and will then be looking in more detail at the UK. This week, we have started trying to name different countries in Europe and have been listening to a funny song about their capital cities. If your children would like to listen at home, please use the link below. Please be aware that this link will take you to YouTube. As we have no control over content on the site, we would recommend parental supervision. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w8Oxg9zPUBE

This week in Friesian Class

This week, we will be immersing ourselves in geography and will be learning about the countries of Europe and the counties of Britain. We will be looking at some of the physical features as well as the human, and will be looking for evidence of Roman occupation using maps on a variety of scales. In maths, we will be delving into division and will be learning more effective formal methods, before applying our skills to problem solving contexts. We will also be speeding up and becoming more accurate with times table facts. Over the last few weeks, we have focused on the 4, 8 and 6 times tables and the children have made pleasing progress! In RE, we are returning to the story of Noah, and looki

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