Friday 16 February 2024

Amethyst, Diamond & Emerald Blog - Friday 16th February 2024

 Happy Friday everybody! Incredibly we find ourselves half way through this current year! Looking back, myself, Miss Smith & Mrs Yuille are so, so proud of all the the progress the children have made - we could not have asked them to work any harder and it is lovely to see the pride the children have themselves for the achievements and successes they have made! Here's to the second half of the year being just as fab!

World Book Day

This year, World Book Day is on Thursday 7th March. To promote reading within our school community, for this day the children can bring in a favourite book from home which they can share with the other children in their class.

They can also bring in a prop which serves as a clue to their favourite book/character or come dressed up as a favourite character too if they so wish. On this day all the children will also receive a £1 World Book Day voucher!

We would like all the children to have a relaxing half term, so we are not sending homework books home this week but if you can keep up the reading little and often this will have a hugely positive effect on their progress.

Have an enjoyable and relaxing week!

Much love

Mr Jude, Mrs Yuille & Miss Smith

Friday 9 February 2024

Amethyst, Diamond & Emerald Blog - Friday 9th February 2024

 Happy Friday everybody! Hopefully you will have seen our castles beginning to take shape in this week's newsletter. As we tend to do these sessions at the end of the week, the photos are a week behind where we actually are but suffice to say next week the photos will involve a lot of grey paint!!!

Class Dojo

It is lovely to see so many of you signed up to our Class Dojo app. The children are loving seeing their Dojo points increase and we are all working towards our class goal of 1000 points to get an extra playtime! We will be looking to use Class Dojo's messaging system to replace our Key Stage emails, so if you have any messages for us please feel free to use this. 

A reminder that any messages relating to changes in collection arrangements during the day should still be sent to the office who will bring the message to us. If you need any help in signing up and joining Class Dojo, please come and see us.

Well-being Day

Next Friday (16th February), we will be having a Well-being Day. Children can come to school wearing comfy clothes, not their school uniform. There will be activities planned to enhance everyone's well-being such as mindfulness activities, art, music and yoga!

Maths Homework

This week, we would like you to look at pages 36 & 37.

For Year 1's this focuses on halves. It is helpful when discussing fractions to relate it closely to division. So when discussing finding half, relate it to the same as dividing it in 2. The games below explore how to recognise halves in shapes and how you can find half of amounts by sharing.

Half Not Half Game

Find Half By Sharing

For Year 2's this focuses on doubling and halving. As usual, relate these mathematical concept back to the basic operations of maths - doubles as times by 2 and halving as divide by 2. The game below has a mode for finding half and double of different amounts to help develop a rapid recall of these facts.

Hit The Button


Don't forget to keep up all your fantastic efforts with your reading at home - it will make a huge impact on your child's reading development. Keep using the range of questions we have discussed previously as well!

If you have any issues or questions, please, please come and see us at the end of the day - we would love to see you!

Have a super weekend!

Best Wishes

Mr Jude, Mrs Yuille & Miss Smith

Friday 2 February 2024

Amethyst, Diamond & Emerald Blog - Friday 2nd February 2024

 Happy Friday everybody! Work on our "The Quest" project is in full swing now and we have been looking at how a trebuchet works for our explanation writing in English. We have also started to turn our attention to the most exciting aspect of our project, the construction of our model castles. There will be lots of pictures of this process in our newsletters over the next few weeks so keep an eye out for those!

Maths Homework

This week, we would like you to look at pages 34 & 35.

For Year 1's this focuses on dividing. This is explored initially as practical sharing equally between 2 people. Begin to explore which numbers can be fairly shared and which leaver an odd one left over. This is good to help your child think about odd and even numbers. 

For Year 2's this also focuses on dividing. As mentioned before, in Year 2 we relate all division calculations back to their multiplication inverse as this is often a more efficient method of solving a calculation.

Both year groups can enhance their knowledge of division through the games below:

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/mental-maths-train

https://ictgames.com/mobilePage/doggyDivision/index.html


Don't forget to keep up all your fantastic efforts with your reading at home - it will make a huge impact on your child's reading development. Keep using the range of questions we have discussed previously as well!

If you have any issues or questions, please, please come and see us at the end of the day - we would love to see you!

Have an amazing weekend!

Best Wishes

Mr Jude, Mrs Yuille & Miss Smith

Friday 26 January 2024

Amethyst, Diamond & Emerald Blog - 26th January 2024

 Happy Friday everybody! Time really is flying in Key Stage 1 and all the children have been working so hard in all areas of our project! We have continued to look at the genre of traditional tales in English this week, in the shape of "The Three Billy Goats Gruff", and looking at all aspects of number and place value in Maths!

Message From Miss Harvey

Buy books, change lives

Want to support our school?

Buy books through LoveReading and LoveReading4Kids and we get  25% of the cover price to buy more books!

 

The LoveReading family — LoveReading, LoveReading4Kids and

LoveReading4Schools — exists because reading matters, and books change lives.

We know that reading for pleasure, and improving reading standards, has a huge

impact on our children’s wellbeing, academic achievements, and future success.

Alongside that, we also know that the current funding crisis has resulted in

devastating cuts to budgets in our schools, which is why LoveReading is redressing

that shortfall through creating an online bookstore with social purpose.

 

 

How it works:

● When you buy any book from LoveReading or LoveReading4Kids, 25% of the

cover price will be given to a school of your choice, such as us!

● Book prices are competitive with at least 10% off the RRP

● After you’ve searched for the books you’d like to buy (after reading reviews

and accessing opening extracts of highly recommended titles), at checkout,

you’ll be able to search for your school, by adding your school name or

postcode, and you allocate that money to us. It will even tell you how much

your purchase has donated to us!

● We can then spend our allocated funds on LoveReading4Kids to get more

books in our classrooms and library.

 

LoveReading has a huge selection of books for all ages, across all genres, at

competitive prices, so make LoveReading and LoveReading4Kids your go-to

bookshops to give our school the chance to access more books.

 

Sounds like a win-win situation - you get great books, while we get funds for great

books to encourage even more reading for pleasure in our children.

Like we said at the start, reading matters and books change lives - buying books

through LoveReading will ensure that continues to happen for students at our

school, and future generations.

Thank you for your ongoing support!

www.lovereading.co.uk

www.lovereading4kids.co.uk

 

Maths Homework

This week, we would like you to look at pages 32 & 33.

For Year 1's this focuses on multiplying. The first step in confidence with the times tables is practising counting on in different steps e.g. 2, 4, 6, 8 etc or 10, 20, 30. Grouping objects such as socks or gloves is a good way of showing this in practical terms. Regular practising of counting on in multiples of different numbers will also help - maybe count the steps upstairs but in 10's or 2's instead of 1's?

For Year 2's this also focuses on multiplying. Remember, practicing little and often at times tables facts will help your child gain confidence in this area. We talk about this in class as "squeezing the orange" - the more effort you put in, the more juice you get out!

Both year groups can enhance their knowledge of multiples of different amounts through the game below:

Coconut Multiples Game

The interactive number square below is really good to "paint" the multiples and explore the patterns that they make too:


Don't forget to keep up all your fantastic efforts with your reading at home - it will make a huge impact on your child's reading development. Keep using the range of questions we have discussed previously as well!

If you have any issues or questions, please, please come and see us at the end of the day - we would love to see you!

Have a relaxing weekend!

Love & joy

Mr Jude, Mrs Yuille & Miss Smith

Friday 19 January 2024

Amethyst, Diamond & Emerald Blog - 19th January 2024

 Happy Friday everybody! We find ourselves in very exciting times as a number of new things are being introduced to our school. Our re-vamped newsletter this week sees the inclusions of photos of what each class has been doing during the week. We are excited to be able to share this with you!

Thank you for the boxes already sent in for our castle construction - if you have any more small boxes, tubes, egg boxes we would love to have them!

Reading Comprehension Homework

Thank you everybody for a great start to our reading comprehension homework. Remember we are working sequentially through the book 1 piece each week, so this week just do the next page!

Maths Homework

This week, we would like you to look at pages 30 & 31.

For Year 1's this focuses on adding and subtracting. The ability to switch between these different operations is very important for the children, so take particular care to look at the sign when solving these calculations to decide which approach to use!

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/5-7-years/addition-and-subtraction

For Year 2's this again focuses on times tables and their related facts. All that we mentioned last week holds true for this week too. Just like reading or riding a bike, practicing little and often at times tables facts will help your child gain confidence in this area.

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/number-facts/number-fact-families

Don't forget to keep up all your fantastic efforts with your reading at home - it will make a huge impact on your child's reading development. Keep using the range of questions we have discussed previously as well!

If you have any issues or questions, please, please come and see us at the end of the day. Just come down the steps to see us!

We hope you enjoy seeing what we have been up to this week in the newsletter. Have a super weekend!

Best wishes

Mr Jude, Mrs Yuille & Miss Smith

Friday 12 January 2024

Amethyst, Diamond & Emerald Blog - Friday 12th January 2024

 Happy Friday everybody and a very Happy New Year to you all! It has been lovely to have welcomed all the children back and we have begun work on our new project for the Spring Term - "The Quest" where we will be exploring the areas of knights and castles!

Reading Comprehension Homework Book

Your child will be coming home with a comprehension homework book this week! Just like with the maths homework book, we ask that you complete one page (double page where the task is spread across 2 pages) and bring the book back to school by Wednesday.

In the blog from 24th November (scroll down to remind yourself of this blog) we spoke in depth about all the key skills involved in comprehension and how reading is more than just mechanically reading the words on the page. The activities in these homework books will help develop these skills. Again, please come and see us if you require further advice on this area.

Castle Construction

As part of our project on "The Quest" we will be creating our own model castle. We have boxes that make up the main "body" of the castle but if you could send in any small boxes (mini-cereal box size at the most please), cardboard tubes or any interestingly shaped packaging we would warmly welcome these. Please send these in with your child from next week onwards.

Maths Homework

This week, we would like you to look at pages 28 & 29.

For Year 1's this focuses on subtraction. As with all the different operations in maths, as much practice as possible is key in learning the approaches to solving these calculations. Try number lines, try concrete objects - toys, pencils, spaghetti - anything!

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/5-7-years/addition-and-subtraction

For Year 2's this focuses on times tables. All Year 2 children are expected to know their 2, 5 and 10 times tables by the end of this academic year. This also includes the related division facts, so if we know that 4 x 2 = 8 will also know:

2 x 4 = 8

8 ÷ 4 = 2

8 ÷ 2 = 4

The more eagle-eyed of you will realise that this is just the same as addition and subtraction being the inverse of each other and, yes, we can represent it on a triangle!



And again, the game below is good for reinforcing this idea:

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/number-facts/number-fact-families

Don't forget to keep up all your fantastic efforts with your reading at home - it will make a huge impact on your child's reading development. Keep using the range of questions we have discussed previously as well!

If you have any issues or questions, please, please come and see us at the end of the day. Just come down the steps to see us!

Have a great weekend!

Much love

Mr Jude, Mrs Yuille & Miss Smith

Friday 15 December 2023

Amethyst, Diamond & Emerald Blog - Friday 15th December 2023

 Happy Friday, everybody! What an exciting week it has been for everyone in Key Stage 1 - we have performed our Christmas Production of "A Builder's Christmas" to the whole school on Tuesday and all the parents on Wednesday and Thursday. We are all so very proud of everybody - it has been tricky with a lot of illness floating around but all the children stepped up and did a fantastic job - WELL DONE!

Half Term Homework

We will not be sending home the homework books this week or during the holidays - have a break and enjoy any new presents you get! It would be useful, however, if you keep up the reading, little and often, to ensure your child's continuing progress in this very important area. 

Although we are all here until Wednesday next week, we would like to use this opportunity to wish you all an amazing Christmas and a peaceful New Year. We look forward to welcoming everyone back on Monday 8th January!

Much love

Mr Jude, Mrs Yuille & Miss Smith