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Harvest Celebration 21st October 2020


For the last few weeks, Amethyst class have been working hard to learn a couple of songs for our Harvest. We also looked at a poem by Helen Moore called 'Autumn is Here'. We decided we wanted to add our own verses to the poem to personalise it. So we worked as a class and came up with the following! (The first three verses are the original poem and the rest is ours written from scratch!)


Autumn is here.
Another year
is coming to an end.
Summer's finished,
Summer's gone,
Winter's round the bend.

Autumn is piles of crunchy leaves,
orange, gold, and red.
Autumn is sweaters with long sleeves
and blankets on the bed.


Autumn is football,
Autumn is pumpkins,
Autumn's where summer ends.
Autumn is coming back to school,
and seeing all my friends.



Harvest is here.

The time of year

To gather all the crop.

Crunching loudly,

Brown, red, orange,

 Leaves begin to drop


The tractors honk while collecting corns

Potatoes, pumpkin, peas,

Squirrels collect the acorns

Hiding them in trees


We’ve cut the crops

To share the food

And everyone will cheer,

It’s cold outside but we don’t care ‘cause Harvest time is here!



Friday 2nd October 2020


I have been blow away by Amethyst class this week with the incredible writing they produced as part of our learning surrounding the 'Once Upon An Ordinary School Day' book.

In the story, the ordinary boy meets Mr Gee (his substitute teacher)  who plays some music and asks the children to imagine things in their heads...so we did the same! We listened to a classical piece of music and let our imaginations run free!

The ideas were creative...the writing was descriptive...I was astounded! The children got extremely enthusiastic and were visibly proud of themselves during and after.

I am really impressed and thoroughly enjoyed reading every story...I was up till midnight!


The children have also really been thinking about their explanations in maths and noticing patterns, which has helped them in their problem solving.


As you can imagine, the move to online home learning has had its logistical challenges! I understand some families may have been/are experiencing difficulties logging on to various online learning platforms.

Should you be having trouble logging on to 'Spelling/Maths Shed' and you require your passwords, please let me know and I can consult my 'masters' copy!

Should you be experiencing trouble logging on to the 'London Grid For Learning' (LGFL) then I have attached the letter with the log on instructions below, and again, I have a 'masters' copy of usernames and passwords, so please let me know if you need them again.

If you are still experiencing issues, please let me know (with specific details if you can) and I can pass this on to Mr Cook to try and help. I have already passed on to him there are some issues and we are doing our best to find a solution.


An additional point to mention; initially I intended to set home learning on a Monday and mark it on a Friday. However, in reality it is more manageable for me to set the home learning on a Monday afternoon (during my PPA time) and mark it the following Monday (again during my PPA time out of class.) I am then able to reward children with coins, which takes some time as I have to do this individually. I hope this will allow the children more time as well, to complete their learning.


I apologise for any inconveniences you may be experiencing with the online assignments.


Thank you for your patience.


Have a great weekend...hopefully the weather improves!


Miss Newns



Year 3&4 Coffee Morning

Monday 21st September 2020


Hello everybody,

I am so amazed at the continuing enthusiasm from the class and the effort they are putting in to their learning. There are lots of new things to learn and other things to re-familiarise with and all the children are doing incredibly well.


I am just popping a note on the class page with information about the expectations for home learning. This is all being done online apart from the daily reading. Each week, the children will be set a Spelling Shed and Maths Shed assignment by me. They also have to complete some learning on Times Tables Rockstars and 5x reads per week signed by an adult in the reading diary.

Thank you for you patience with Times Table Rockstars and Spelling/Maths Shed, we have had some technical difficulties to overcome, but I can confirm that I have now set a Maths and Spelling Shed assignment for this week.



Miss Newns



It is so wonderful to see you all again after so long! Back together again to continue our journey!

The children have come back this week with such enthusiasm and energy, as well as lovely beaming faces!

I am very much looking forward to working with them all again and they have already made such an incredible start by remembering certain expectations and putting tons of effort and thought in to their learning.


Below is a welcome letter detailing some information about the upcoming year, as well as a topic web to show you what we are learning. During the sessions back in July (when the children returned to school to finish the year) we discussed as a class some of the things we were going to strive to do/be in Year 3. We thought of something for all the letters of the alphabet and turned them in to a class charter. The children thought up all the ideas independently and you can find the finished version below. Already in the last three days, I have seen children trying to show these qualities.


Well done Amethyst class on such an incredible return to school.


Miss Newns

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