What a wet and windy week we have had in Stoke-on-Trent! However, when it rains we smile, laugh, learn and play to brighten the day! With a swish and a flick of our wands, let’s take another trip back in time to look at the MAGICal learning that the children have been completing this week…

The children in Nursery have had another busy week and they have definitely shown us how ready they are for Reception. They have completed some amazing name writing and they have even been ordering numbers. Good job everyone, the Nursery team are so proud of you. Our story this week has been Noah's Ark and the children have enjoyed joining in with the song 'Who built the Ark?’ The Nursery children have been getting messy as always as they have been doing some mud painting! They created some brilliant pictures of animals, including giraffes and alligators. In maths this week, the children have been making Abacuses using Cheerios or pasta on spaghetti and the teachers have seen some very clever counting. Well done everyone for all your hard work!

The Dalmatians have continued to demonstrate their readiness for Year One this week by learning the days of the week, as well as WOWing us with their fantastic letter formation. Fred the frog would be impressed with how well you have remembered the RWI formation rhymes. The children have also listened to 'The Huge Bag of Worries' by Virginia Ironside as part of their PSED learning and they even made their own worry monsters using recycable materials, some of which had 5 eyes and pink hair! What super imaginations you have! In maths, the children in school have been using different methods to solve subtraction problems, such as number lines to count backwards. It has been lovely to see the Dalmatian children keeping active on ClassDojo. They have been moving like sea creatures under the sea in this week’s PE task. They even made a sequence of moves and performed a dance! If you were a sea creature, what would you be?


Our ROAR-some Year One children have had a wonderful week, continuing their learning about the Little Cat and the Big Red Bus story. The children have been innovating the story this week and the teachers certainly think they have been very inventive! They have created characters to go on their own bus adventure and Miss Bailey and Miss Salmon think the children’s stories are even better than the original! In maths, the children have been learning about money and have even been able to identify coins and notes, telling the teachers the value that they hold. For their topic learning this week, the children have been improving their drawing skills over time. Each day the children have drawn a bus inspired by their story and the children were given feedback on a part of their artwork to improve the next day. Year One certainly have some amazing artists! Keep up the fantastic work!

Our 'incredible' children have also been developing their knowledge of money this week; recognising, comparing and working out how much change will be given. In English, the children have enjoyed learning about 'Lila and the Secret of Rain'. Can you share the story with your grown-ups? It has been lovely to see the questions that you have generated to ask Lila and the letters that you have written to her - you are very thoughtful! In topic, the Y2 children have wowed their teachers when creating their very own algorithms. Can you explain to you grown up what an algorithm is? The Y2 children thoroughly enjoyed their Y2 Leavers' Picnic this week. It was lovely to see the children catching up with their friends and the teachers enjoyed seeing you all too! 


What a wonderful week the children have had. We cannot believe that next week is the last week of this academic year! What fun we have all had growing and learning at Hamilton Academy. Continue to use your Mickey motivation to complete the final week of term. We look forward to seeing all of your work and we thank you all for your continued support.


Have a restful weekend and stay safe,

Mrs Moran, Mrs Glaister and Mrs Robinson