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This week in Belted Galloway class

We will be starting new topics in both English and Maths this week. In English we will be beginning some work on persuasive writing, looking at adverts and letters, so be prepared for your children to come to you with some compelling arguments about staying up late! In maths we will be looking at revising, developing and extending the children's grasp of subtraction. The children enjoyed working through the learning stages last week, and they responded well to asking for teaching when they hit a specific barrier. Hopefully this will continue in our work on subtraction. We will be completing our block of work on Forces this week, with the children planning, carrying out and drawing conclusion

This week in Hereford Class

This week we are really excited to be writing our own versions of ‘Peace at Last’ by Jill Murphy. The children have worked really hard to retell, order and box up the story. We are spending some time on comprehending the story before breaking it down and writing the separate parts. (Beginning, middle and end for Year 1 children and opening, build up, problem and resolution for Y2) We are moving onto addition this week. Y1 will look at adding within 20 whilst Y2 will be adding 1 digit numbers to two digit numbers. We are looking forward to sharing this learning with Mr Beech and Miss Cale when they come into our classroom on Wednesday. In RE we are looking at the Shahada, which are the words

This week in Friesian Class

This week in Friesian Class we have started our new story writing journey by retelling the story of Hansel and Gretel. We will be continuing our journey this week by boxing up the different sections and answering comprehension questions. In maths, we are building on our knowledge of place value to be able to compare and order numbers. In RE, we will be answering the question: ‘What are some of the ways that Hindus worship?’. We will be learning about the different ways that Hindus choose to worship as well as exploring what Hindu murtis express about God. ‘The Great Friesian Bake Off’ is happening this week! The children will be working in groups to make their own individual trifles, buildin

This Week in Dexter Class

This week in Dexter class, we are developing our work on sorting and grouping in maths. We have already heard the story of The Button Box by M. Reid, and have used Mrs Crampton's button box to sort, match and compare the buttons. We will have several stories to help our mathematical minds throughout the week! In RE, we are learning about the signs and symbols that different groups use to show that they belong together. We will be using our fine motor skills to make crosses and will also look at the religious symbols for other faiths. In phonics, we are learning the sounds i, n, m and d, and will be using these sounds, and the ones already learned, to read and write simple words. The children

Video Streaming Sites and Apps

Video Streaming Apps & Sites, which allow people to share activities and hobbies with others in real time or watch their favourite films and TV shows online, have been about for a while, and often court controversy. Video streaming has gained popularity in recent years because there is a sense of community when watching with others. The National Online Safety team have created this handy parents' guide to help understand some of the associated risks.

This week in Friesian Class

This week in Friesian Class, we will be finishing off our instruction writing in English by writing a full set of instructions independently. We will be recalling our knowledge of the structure as well as some new grammatical features that we have been learning. In maths, we will be extending our knowledge of place value to represent numbers on a number line up to 1,000 and 10,000. In RE last week, we answered the questions ‘What are the Hindu deities? How do they help Hindus to describe God?’. This week, we will be extending our knowledge to be able to answer the question ‘What do Hindu murtis express about God?’. We will be artists this week, as we will be starting a new Immersion Curricul

This Week in Dexter Class

This week in Dexter class, we will be looking at the Bible story of Noah's ark. We will be using it as a starting point in maths, to recognise similarities and differences, match, compare and sort. We will also be using the story in our English work, as we learn to retell the story using story maps. In RE, we are learning about the Christian festival of Harvest and have already explored a wide variety of fruit and vegetables, many of which we were not familiar with (It was decided that the passion fruit smelled nice, but didn't look it!) We have used vegetables to create models of the animals on the ark and showed great perseverance with a rather fiddly activity! We have started our phonics

This week in Belted Galloway class

Hello! This week we will be finishing our work on story writing inspired by the animation Ruin. The children will be completing their Ruin stories, looking at developing effective resolutions and endings, and will then be planning and writing their own futuristic adventure stories, which I look forward to reading later in the week. In maths, we will be developing and extending the children's addition skills. This could include using decimals, solving missing number problems, practising their basic skills or solving algebraic addition puzzles. The children will work through stages as the week progresses, moving up when they are ready. We will be continuing our work on Forces this week, with s

This week in Hereford Class

This week we finish off our Instruction writing journey, by writing a full set independently. In maths we are representing numbers in different ways (Year 2), using number lines, dienes and coins. Year 1 are looking at finding one more and one less – many children are able to do this, so are being given application and reasoning activities to deepen this understanding. In RE we will be discussing what leaders are, what they do and link this to the Prophet Mohammed and the leader he is to Muslims. We begin a new Immersion Curriculum topic this week: Explorers. This will be Year one’s first immersion curriculum and we are looking forward to having them in class full time. We will be exploring

PEGI age ratings

National Online Safety have recently produced a free online safety guide on age ratings, the means for adults to make an informed choice as to whether or not a game is suitable for their child through the PEGI (Pan European Game Information) system.

This Week in Dexter Class

This week in Dexter class, we have been looking at the numbers that we already recognise and finding numbers in our environment. We have already had a fabulous welly walk to the Guardianship, and found numbers hanging in the trees! Once the children had spotted them all, they had to work out how to get them down - a task which involved some excellent examples of team work and problem solving. In Literacy, we are continuing with our work on 'Here We Are' by Oliver Jeffers and have been discussing our wonderful natural world. The children have enjoyed sharing their experiences of nature and what they know about the wider world. In RE, the children have listened to the parable of the lost coin,

This week in Friesian Class

After a fantastic start in Friesian Class, we are looking forward to another week of learning! We will be continuing our work in English and starting to write our own set of instructions. In maths, we will be continuing to use our knowledge of place value to represent numbers up to 1000. We will be using a variety of concrete resource and visuals to help us. In RE, we will continue learning about Hinduism (the world’s oldest religion!). In last week’s lesson we retold the story of Svetaketu and related it to our key question ‘How do Hindus describe God’. The water and salt analogy helped us to understand that Hindus believe that God is invisible but always there. We will also be continuing o

This week in Belted Galloway class

We are at the start of our second full week back at school and it feels like we haven't been away! I have really been enjoying seeing the children's creativity in their narrative writing based on the animation RUIN. They will be developing character descriptions and describing the action this week, ending the week by drawing their stories to a satisfying close. If you want to look at the animation, it is available on the following link: In maths this week, we will be extending our number work to include negative numbers, rounding and a little bit of Roman numerals. Our immersion curriculum topic for the week will be a science one: we will be studying F

This Week in Hereford Class

What a busy week we had getting into the swing of the timetable. I’ve really enjoyed getting to know the Year 1 children and the Year 2 children have been excellent role models, modelling expectations and routines. This week we are looking at place value in maths where we are understanding the value of two digit numbers (to 20 for Y1 and to 100 for Y2) we are representing these using dienes. In English we are starting to write our own set of instructions for a variety of purposes. Year 1 children will continue their transition afternoons in Dexter Class. Year 2 start their Immersion Curriculum PSHE topic where we are looking at our rights and responsibilities; wants and needs as well as how

What parents need to know about friends and followers

This week's e-safety blog looks at the different ways social networking sites handle the 'connections' users make with other users on platforms. It was written by National Online Safety. For further information on a variety of internet safety issues, please visit their website

This Week in Belted Galloway class

Welcome to the first full week back of 'normal' school in what feels like such a long time. It is great to be back, and it is wonderful to see the children keen to get back to their learning. Our topic for our first full week is a PSHE-based one: we will be learning about rights, responsibilities, rules and laws in our Citizenship topic. Through this, the children will look at how the government is structured, the justice system and the responsibilities adults have in this system, e.g. in paying taxes and in taking part in jury service. In English, we will be beginning a block of story-writing work that will be based around the animation RUIN, which is a dynamic post-apocalyptic adventure pi

This week in Friesian class

Friesian class children have settled in fantastically this week and I am so proud of how they have made our new faces feel so welcome, including me! They have been fantastic and mature role models. This week, in English, we are exploring instructions. We will be understanding the structure through finding the important features. In maths, we have started investigating place value and using this knowledge to count in 100s and 1000s. The children made a fantastic start in RE last week, recalling the Parable of the Sower and explaining how they can use it to help themselves become a reflective, independent and aspirational learner for life! As well as this, during a spirituality session, we com

This week in Dexter Class

This week in Dexter class, we will be continuing with our work on the beautiful Oliver Jeffers book, 'Here we are'. We will be looking at our place in the world as active and caring citizens, and making links between the book and this term's Christian value of 'Friendship'. In maths, we will be working on one to one correspondence when counting, and making comparisons (bigger/smaller, longer/shorter, more/fewer). We have already taken a look at the 'Oi Frog' series of books by Kes Gray and Jim Field, and have had a great deal of fun working out what different creatures can sit on, using rhyming words. Alongside all of this, the children will be developing their understanding of the new expec

This week in Hereford class

Welcome back to Amberley School life! It was so lovely to have a full class of children last week. It was great to see the Y2 children again and introduce Y1 to life in Hereford Class. They have settled in beautifully and the Y2 children have been great role models and buddies. You should have all received a letter last week detailing the curriculum and other important information. If you didn't receive this, you will find it on the Hereford Class page. This week we are beginning maths, we are looking and counting forwards and backwards as well as practising club maths where children will be rapidly recalling addition and multiplication facts. In English, we are exploring instructions. We wi

Adopt me

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