Amethyst Class

Teachers: Mrs Kendall and Mrs Harris

Adults in Class: Mrs Polledri, Miss Youde, Miss Matthews and Mrs Grainger

Amethyst Class yearly overview 2023-2024

Amethyst Class Spring term learning pathway 2024

Amethyst Class Planning pathway Autumn 2023

Our PE days are Wednesday and Friday. Please make sure your child has their kit in school ready to wear on these days.

Learning update 2nd February

We have been artists using our observational skills to look at the life and work of the architect Friedensreich Hundertwasser. We looked at lots of the buildings he designed, and made scrapbook pages in our art books using examples of his work and words and phrases we could use to describe it. This meant that we were able to draw buildings in the same style.

In Science we are learning about living things and their habitats. We have been using our skills of analysing information and asking questions to use classification keys to identify plants and animals.

Learning update 19th January

in maths we have finished our learning about decimals. We have used place value charts to add and subtract decimals within 1, and begun to find out about the relationship between decimals, fractions and percentages.

Our next unit is multiplication and division.

In our writing we have been practising using subordinating conjunctions (as, if, since, although, while, after) to form subordinate clauses, and looking at whether or not we need to use a comma in our sentence.  We have been adding prepositions to expanded noun phrases – The big red car drove slowly up the hill by the woods.

We have started our first Art unit this year, looking at architecture. This week we were artists by using our observational skills to carefully sketch a house.

In Science we are looking at living things and their habitats. We have learned different ways of grouping living things using Venn diagrams, and using classification keys to identify them. We have getting much better at asking Yes/No questions to make our own classification keys!


20th December

This morning we created a snowy village. To make the buildings accurately we had to cut them out very carefully, and follow the instructions to stick them together.

Happy Christmas from Mrs Kendall, Mrs Polledri, Mrs Harris and Miss Youde.

We are looking forward to seeing you all in the new year.


Learning update 14th December

A couple of weeks ago we got another video message from the Head of the Elf and Safety Division of the  Department of Mythical Creatures, asking for our help. The task he gave us was to write an explanation of why we think some mythical creatures have become extinct.

In Maths we have been learning more about decimals, and relating them to fractions.

We have started building our own games in ICT using a game creator application in Purple Mash. It was a challenge to make sure that we had included all of the elements we needed to – the background, sky, walls, baddies and rewards. Next we will be moving on to creating a multi-level game.

We enjoyed our Christmas lunch and a visit to Santa’s Grotto, and wore our Christmas jumpers for the day!


What a busy couple of weeks we have had in Amethyst Class!

In English we have been reading a text about a door that opens into somewhere very unexpected, and we are writing our own versions of this adventure. We are focussing on remembering to use our success criteria to make sure we have included all the features we have been learning about, and practising editing our own writing using our purple polishing pens.

In Maths we have started our learning about decimals and how these relate to fractions. We will be using place value charts and counters to support our learning.

We really enjoyed showing off our bridge designing and building skills during our class showcase on 16.11.23. Thank you so much to the parents who were able to come and join us – we hope you had as much fun as we did! The pictures below show our bridges under construction, as well as the finished articles.

We really enjoyed our class trip to Clifton Suspension Bridge. We learnt about the bridge and how it was built. We also visited the observatory.

We learned some valuable skills in our First Aid workshop on Wednesday 22.11.23, using dummies to practice CPR. We made some very colourful posters to show what we had learned, and feel more confident that we know what to do in an emergency.

In English we have been continuing our work for the Department for the Entrapment of Magical Creatures, and we have written instructions for trapping pixies, dragons and trolls, as well as other magical creatures. We shared our ideas for what we would need and how to use this equipment to trap the creatures, resulting in some really detailed and well-thought through instructions.

In Maths Year 4 have been revisiting and practising exchanging in subtraction and addition, with numbers up to 4 digits, and Year 5 have been finding out how rounding numbers can help us estimate what the answer to a question will be, and how that skill helps us check our answers.

In Science we have completed our work on Forces and Mechanisms, learning about simple mechanisms (levers, pulleys and gears) and we made parachutes to test our theories about air resistance.

Learning update.

In Maths we have been continuing our learning about place value, including working with numbers up to a million. We are now moving onto addition and subtraction, and we will be adding and subtracting numbers with 4 or more digits, using the column method when appropriate. We will use our knowledge of rounding numbers during this unit to help us check our calculations.

In English we have been writing a story based on our text, and we had some amazing ideas!
We are now helping the Department for the Entrapment of Magical Creatures to write instructions for how to catch magical and mythical creatures, following their example instructions of how to catch a pesky elf!

We have been looking at different bridge designs in our topic work, as well as learning more about Isambard Kingdom Brunel’s work, particularly the Clifton Suspension Bridge. We drew sketches of the bridge, as well as learning fascinating facts about other bridges around the world.

What a brilliant start Amethyst class have had! We used our ICT skills to research inventors for our History lesson.