Monday 13th November
This week we continue with subtraction in maths lessons. We are learning to subtract by partitioning numbers first. We will also be learning how to find change in problems involving money. In english lessons we are using our egyptian theme to plan and write a time travel story. Our egyptian topic leads us to mysterious mummies, and we'll learn about this strange process and why the ancient egyptians felt it was important.
Invitations should have reached you for our assembly on Friday 1st December at 9-15 am in the school hall.We will be practising our singing and recorder playing ready to astound you!
This week the school book fair is open daily after school. Please come along and browse. By selling books at the book fair the school is able to add many more books to its own library stocks.
Monday November 6th
This week we continue to hear and write about the story of Isis and Osiris in our english lessons. In maths we move now to subtraction using partitioning. This will eventually lead to 'column subtraction' but it's so important not to rush things! In History we learn about the gods of Ancient Egypt, and a strange ceremony called 'The weighing of the heart' which always generates lots of interesting discussion. Thursday is 'Numberful 'day when children can (if they wish) dress as a number! On this day number will take a prominent place in our class work.
I still have all of your blenders!!! PLEASE come and collect them soon! The children have now made a start on our Ancient egyptian musical, and we look forward to performing it for you in the school hall at 9-15 am on Friday December 1st.
Monday October 30th
In this second half of the term we continue looking at addition in maths, using partitioning to add 2 and 3 digit numbers. We also look at how we can add amounts of money. Our Ancient Egypt topic begins and in english lessons we'll be learning about punctuation using stories from those ancient times; The creation, Hathor and the lake of blood, and Isis and Osiris! We will learn about the black land and the red land and make maps of the River Nile. We'll also travel along the Nile and see how people lived in those times. This week we will start work on our ancient egyptian musical which we will hope to perform to you later on this year.
Monday 16th October
We had a lovely time last week with our 'food ,fitness and fun' theme. The children were very enthusiastic making apple rings and smoothies and learning about healthy eating. They were really interested in the amounts of sugar in food and drinks, and it was interesting to sit with the children at lunch time in the forest and listen to them discussing the sugar,fat and salt content of their various snacks! We had a fantastic day at Ashdown Forest led by Rachel from the forest team. As well as having a good walk and enjoying the countryside, we learnt about mice, built nests, experimented with insulating properties of leaves and grass and covered ourselves in leaves! We also made works of art using available natural resources. We had a great day.
Thank you for all donations of blenders. They are in my classroom awaiting collection. A big thank you to Mrs Whitehead who donated a huge box of delicious apples to the class. Thank you so much to all parents who came in to help over the week.
We are now almost at half term, and this week on Tuesday we look forward to seeing you at our junior harvest celebration at the Baptist church at 11am. I also look forward to meeting with you at parent consultations on Wednesday and Thursday after school.
This week in class we begin to look in more detail at partitioning numbers (splitting into parts) , and how to use this to add two and three digit numbers. This is the start of a maths journey that will lead some children to more formal methods of addition.
In english we will continue with our 'Tales from the rubbish dump' and learn about how plastic is made, and the difficulties in recycling it. We will also look at how the process of making paper and carry out an experiment to test which tissues are most absorbant. In our geography topic we will visit Ireland and learn about the legends of Saint Patrick.
And then next half term we will begin our adventures in Ancient Egypt!
Monday 9th October
This week we put aside our normal timetable and have a week focussing on healthy living! Each day the class will have a 'mindfulness ' session , developing a quiet space for reflection. We will be doing plenty of exercise, and also have 'Zumba' and Tai Chi sessions along with the whole school. On Monday we'll learn about bread making, and bake our own bread rolls. On Tuesday we'll be visited by the 'smoothie bike' people! They will show us how to make smoothies while riding a bike! On Wednesday we'll sample breads from around the world, and we'll also be using a clever little device to make healthy apple rings. We will design our own smoothies, and make enough for the whole school brunch on Thursday morning. The whole school will come together in the hall for a shared meal made with exciting recipes from each class. Alongside all of this we'll be studying the sugar content of many foods, and looking at healthy alternatives. Friday is our day at Ashdown Forest, so all in all this is a lovely week of healthy exploration.
Thank you for donations of food blenders. Any more would be very welcome. ALSO does anyone have lots of apples, perhaps you have too many from your own apple tree? I'd be grateful for any donations.
Does anyone have an old VHS tape player? I have some resources on VHS tape that I want to use soon, but my tape player has finally broken. Please let me know if you can help.
Monday October 2nd
This week in english lessons we look at the weather. We'll be learning about how forecasters find information, and at the various cloud types. We'll also investigate the Beaufort scale for measuring the wind. We'll learn how to write simple reports using titles, subtitles and paragraphs of information.
In maths we look in more detail at number patterns and times tables and then explore 'magic squares'. Our geography topic takes us now to Scotland where we we learn about the rugged landscape and hear about a mysterious monster....
On the week after this, beginning October 9th we will be learning about food. We will at some point be making fruit smoothies. Do any parents have a decent sized blender I could borrow for that week? Throughout the week I'll be making use of the 'change4life' website which can be found via the link below. It's an interesting and informative place to think about food.
Also I notice in my diary that on the FRIDAY OCTOBER 13th we will have our first trip to Ashdown Forest!
Monday September 25th
This week in literacy we will continue hearing the story of the King of Ireland's son, and we'll be writing stories trying to use careful description.
In maths we will now investigate 'triangle numbers' and explore various ways to write number problems. We'll look at how to halve numbers and begin a focus on number bonds.
Our geography lessons keep us in England, hearing english folk tales and collecting facts about the land and the people.
This week children will receive their recorders and we will make a start on learning how to play them. Recorders will NOT be coming home until the end of the school year!
Of course this is only a brief look at what happens this week. There are many other activities and learning opportunities that I don't usually mention. For example, in this coming week we will also be learning some more new songs and another poem. We will have French on Monday morning as usual, and we will have a games lesson with regular short movement sessions every day. We have a guided reading session most days, and each day there is a quiet reading time after lunch when I usually hear individual children read. We paint most weeks-this week we'll be learning about mixing the colours blue and yellow. We also have PSHCE lessons or 'Personal, social, health and citizenship ' lessons. I often don't see these as discrete lessons, but try to teach them as a part of our topics. For example in our geography work it is very easy to discuss 'citizenship'. Last week our theme was bullying-what it is, what to do if it happens, who to talk to and so on.
A few children still need to bring in painting aprons as soon as possible.
One last thing. Please, please do come to me with any issues or concerns about your child. I do need to know if there are problems and I will do my best to help find a solution.
Monday 18th September
We have had an excellent first couple of works. The children have been enthusiastic in lessons and keen to learn! This week in maths we will continue to look at times tables, number patterns and number squares. As Dex said last week to the class in one of our maths lessons.... " Oh I see! Maths is all about patterns!"
In english we continue to use the story of 'The King of Ireland's Son' as a springboard for our work. We will be telling stories, writing descriptions, using adjectives and even similes, and finally writing our own version of part of the story.
Our geography work moves on to the whole United Kingdom, and we will learn where the four countries are. This week we will focus on England, hearing stories of Saint George and the dragon, the flag of Saint George and we'll hear some traditional english folk tales.
Some of you asked for electronic copies of our weekly spellings. See below for link.
Monday September 11th
We had a great first week! Children are settling into new routines and seem to be enjoying the new challenges!
This week in english we continue with the story of 'The King of Ireland's Son' , and we will look at nouns, adjectives and adverbs. In maths we look at number patterns and begin to examine the times tables in many different ways. Our geography topic leads us to looking at a plan of the whole school building, and then introduce 'Grandmother Britain' and maps of the whole United Kingdom.
Please can you make sure that your child brings a painting apron or old t shirt to school for art lessons.
I look forward to seeing you at our coffee morning on Thursday at 9-15 am.
Monday September 4th
Welcome back to school everyone! I hope you have had a great summer break. I'm looking forward to an exciting new term and to getting to know new parents and children of this year's Amethyst class. This year my Teaching assistants will be Mrs Wood and Mrs Seltzer, two very experienced teaching assistants who I'm very lucky to have.
We start the term looking at the basics of number-counting, place value, and number patterns. It is essential that the children are active in their maths learning, and there will be a lot of movement involved in these lessons.
In english lessons we will use the story of 'The King of Ireland's Son' to stimulate our skills. I told the children the start of the story in July, and we will continue with it now for the next four weeks or so. This week we will focus on handwriting, basic punctuation and having a look at verbs and how to use them.
For much of this first half term we will also have a geographical topic exploring our local environment, drawing plans and maps, extending this to look at the whole United Kingdom. We will be visiting Ashdown Forest again this year-dates will follow soon.
Starting in the second week, children will receive spellings to learn on Monday. On Friday we will have a regular spelling test on these words.
All children at this age should read regularly at home. Please be as active as you can with this, and remember that reading to your child is just as powerful for their learning as them reading themselves! I would say around 15 minutes a day would be a target. Find below a link to a homework grid with suggested activities that children can do at home. These are not compulsory, but many children enjoy doing these tasks.
HOW CAN I BEST SUPPORT MY CHILD WITH SCHOOLWORK?
Our children have a long day at school. Once school is over they need to play, and by play I mean active creative play, not passively looking at a screen. The most important things you can do to help me at school are;
Keep children away from screens.
Let your child play: run, climb trees, paint, help in the garden, cycle, etc....
Read to your child and keep it enjoyable.
See below the suggestion from the National Trust for '50 things your child could do out of school.'
HOW BEST TO CONTACT ME
Please, please do contact me if you have a question. You can e- mail me via this school website, or let the office know, or pop in most days after school. Just before school begins is NOT usually a good time, but I realise that sometimes this is unavoidable.
WHAT CHILDREN NEED TO BRING TO SCHOOL
All children will need a school PE kit, a water bottle, and a bag to carry things to and from school. They will also need a painting apron. An old shirt or T shirt would be fine.
If you would like to contact Mr Pritchard, please use the form below. Please note that the response time to this system of contact is two working days.