Happy Thursday everyone! Although this week has been a slightly shorter one, the children throughout Hamilton Academy have continued to use their MAGIC attitudes in all that they have done. The children have also been looking forward to seeing who the hot chocolate winners were this week in their classes and we would like to congratulate those who have been awarded a hot chocolate so far. Those who have achieved a hot chocolate have their photographs proudly displayed outside Mrs Glaister’s office! You are all amazing and we can’t wait to see who we will be celebrating with next week.

Nursery have had a great week this week. They have been using the story 'Time to get up' as a focus for their learning. The story is based around a little girl who is getting ready for a party. The children have been busy making cakes in the playdough area, designing cakes using construction and loose parts and making sandcastle birthday cakes in the sand tray. The home corner was turned into a party and the children enjoyed writing out invitations and party food lists. In maths the Nursery children counted how many candles were on their cakes. What a fun week!

In Reception the children have enjoyed getting into the Christmas spirit a little earlier this week...  The children have had the opportunity to look through catalogues and create their own letters to Santa, as well as using loose parts to create a decorated Christmas tree. Last week the children took a keen interest in their environmental session about 'where paper comes from' and so this week the children have explored recycling and helped to sort materials into the correct recycling boxes. They have also used artic animals in the small world area and used their Fred fingers to help them to describe the animals. In art, the Dalmatians have been critiquing their peers self-portraits and discussing how they can make them even better! This led to discussions about adding more detail such as eye lashes and eye brows as well as selecting appropriate colours and colour mixing. In maths the boys and girls have WOW-ed their teachers by counting and ordering numbers to 10 and some were even challenged to go to 20. Well done Dalmatians for another super (and festive) week!

In Year One, the Dinosaurs have begun to read a new story, ‘One Snowy Night’ by M Christina Butler and Tina Macnaughton. The children have thoroughly enjoyed going on a magical journey through the snow with a carefully wrapped up parcel to pass on to many creatures. The children pondered over what the parcel may have contained. Can your child retell the story using our class story map on ClassDojo? In maths this week, the children have been continuing their learning about addition and subtraction. They have blown their teachers away with their knowledge of the inverse operation. The children even worked hard to use the equal symbol at the beginning of a number sentence instead of just at the end! What superstars!

The children are continuing to develop their knowledge of Rosa Parks this week and have written fantastic recounts about the day when Rosa stepped on to the crowded bus. The children impressed their teachers using their Y2 skills in their independent writing, keep it up! In maths the children have developed their knowledge of column subtraction and have begun to 'exchange'. Can your child show you how we 'exchange' when solving column subtraction problems? In history, the children have continued to learn about the life of another significant individual - Nelson Mandela. The children have enjoyed finding facts about Nelson Mandela and why he is famous. The children then made comparisons between Nelson Mandela and Rosa Parks, debating similarities and differences about their achievements. Can your child share with you facts about Nelson Mandela and Rosa Parks? 

We hope the children have a wonderful weekend and we will see them all on Tuesday next week,

Mrs Moran, Mrs Glaister and Mrs Robinson

Happy Thursday everyone! Although this week has been a slightly shorter one, the children throughout Hamilton Academy have continued to use their MAGIC attitudes in all that they have done. The children have also been looking forward to seeing who the hot chocolate winners were this week in their classes and we would like to congratulate those who have been awarded a hot chocolate so far. Those who have achieved a hot chocolate have their photographs proudly displayed outside Mrs Glaister’s office! You are all amazing and we can’t wait to see who we will be celebrating with next week.

Nursery have had a great week this week. They have been using the story 'Time to get up' as a focus for their learning. The story is based around a little girl who is getting ready for a party. The children have been busy making cakes in the playdough area, designing cakes using construction and loose parts and making sandcastle birthday cakes in the sand tray. The home corner was turned into a party and the children enjoyed writing out invitations and party food lists. In maths the Nursery children counted how many candles were on their cakes. What a fun week!

In Reception the children have enjoyed getting into the Christmas spirit a little earlier this week...  The children have had the opportunity to look through catalogues and create their own letters to Santa, as well as using loose parts to create a decorated Christmas tree. Last week the children took a keen interest in their environmental session about 'where paper comes from' and so this week the children have explored recycling and helped to sort materials into the correct recycling boxes. They have also used artic animals in the small world area and used their Fred fingers to help them to describe the animals. In art, the Dalmatians have been critiquing their peers self-portraits and discussing how they can make them even better! This led to discussions about adding more detail such as eye lashes and eye brows as well as selecting appropriate colours and colour mixing. In maths the boys and girls have WOW-ed their teachers by counting and ordering numbers to 10 and some were even challenged to go to 20. Well done Dalmatians for another super (and festive) week!

In Year One, the Dinosaurs have begun to read a new story, ‘One Snowy Night’ by M Christina Butler and Tina Macnaughton. The children have thoroughly enjoyed going on a magical journey through the snow with a carefully wrapped up parcel to pass on to many creatures. The children pondered over what the parcel may have contained. Can your child retell the story using our class story map on ClassDojo? In maths this week, the children have been continuing their learning about addition and subtraction. They have blown their teachers away with their knowledge of the inverse operation. The children even worked hard to use the equal symbol at the beginning of a number sentence instead of just at the end! What superstars!

The children are continuing to develop their knowledge of Rosa Parks this week and have written fantastic recounts about the day when Rosa stepped on to the crowded bus. The children impressed their teachers using their Y2 skills in their independent writing, keep it up! In maths the children have developed their knowledge of column subtraction and have begun to 'exchange'. Can your child show you how we 'exchange' when solving column subtraction problems? In history, the children have continued to learn about the life of another significant individual - Nelson Mandela. The children have enjoyed finding facts about Nelson Mandela and why he is famous. The children then made comparisons between Nelson Mandela and Rosa Parks, debating similarities and differences about their achievements. Can your child share with you facts about Nelson Mandela and Rosa Parks? 

We hope the children have a wonderful weekend and we will see them all on Tuesday next week,

Mrs Moran, Mrs Glaister and Mrs Robinson