Welcome to Mr Amesbury’s class page where you can find out more about what is happening in school and any current information.
I am available before or after school if you ever have any questions or need to talk.
Learning Powers and Mental Health
Our learning Power this half term will be Resilience where the children will learn all about how we can build coping strategies. The school will be focused on mental health and wellbeing where every child will be given a weekly opportunity to express themselves and learn about how to build coping strategies for a range of emotions.
This Term's Topic
We appreciate that some of you have been away from school for quite some time so we will start the term by recapping and refreshing lots of skills. We will do this through a Geography topic called 'Great Adventurers' where will learn about the locations of different countries and look at latitudinal and longitudinal lines. We will also take a look at weather conditions in different countries and will become meteorologists for out Computing project.
All of this is inspired by the text 'Great Adventurers' by Alistair Humphreys which we will be teaching our Literacy through. We will learn about people who have been pioneers in exploring and put ourselves in their shoes when writing from the viewpoint of a world famous adventurer. We have attached a reading list which includes similar non fiction and fiction stories which you can read at home.
We will be reviewing our class rules to ensure we have a happy and safe class this year and will share them here soon.
We are currently reviewing our homework policy given current circumstances and will be updating parents in the next couple of weeks with how homework will work.
With reading being such an important part of every child's learning, we are really encouraging all pupils to read as much as possible out of school as well as during the school day. As mentioned previously, we have now introduced a reading list which we will upload every half term with books that are related to our current topic so that children can immerse themselves in the theme.
All children will be able to choose a book from our class library to be kept in school so they can read at opportunities during the day-which will ideally be every day!
In the juniors, we will introduce a class book as part of guided reading sessions where the children will have the opportunity to widen their vocabulary and deepen their understanding, as well as having independent reading time.
We are currently trying to put into place a way of children bringing books home from the library and will update you as soon as that process is set up.
As part of our new guidelines, children will need to come to school in their PE kits on days when they have PE. They will remain in their kits all day so there is no need to send any spare uniform in. From the week beginning 7th September, our class will have PE on a Monday and a Thursday. The children will have Fitness lessons on a Monday and Dance lessons on a Thursday. Both of these lessons will be outside, weather permitting. It is therefore important that the children come into school appropriately dressed for the weather. All other normal PE kit guidelines still apply. Please make sure hair is tied back and earrings are covered with tape or taken out.
We will update this section about all the great things that are happening in our class and acknowledge any individual superstars!