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Our Learning Updates


This term we begin our learning journey through the theme of Jamaica! In DT we will be busy exploring lots of Jamaican recipes. Jamaican food is famous for its tasty, spicy flavours. Throughout the term, we will have the opportunity to research many Jamaican dishes, such as jerk chicken and beef patties in order to help plan, make and evaluate our own dish.   As well as exploring Jamaican food, we will also investigate some Jamaican artwork and have a go at creating our very own Jamaican masterpiece! As part of our Science, we will be identifying and comparing the suitability of everyday materials, including wood, metal, plastic, glass, brick, rock, paper and cardboard.  We will also find out how the shapes of solid objects made from some materials can be changed by squashing, bending, twisting and stretching.  Throughout the term, the children will explore ‘Information Texts’ in order to produce their own non-fiction writing about Jamaica.  Ideas we have given to the children as starting points are:

Can I take an aspect of learning about Jamaica and explore it?

  • Find out about the capital, location, language and flag
  • Identify different fruits grown in Jamaica and explore why these may differ from those grown in the UK
  • Compare the differences in weather between Jamaica and the UK and think about how this could affect how we live our daily lives
  • Jamaican animals
  • Cultural celebrations and Carnivals
  • Find out about the life of Mary Seacole, a very famous Jamaican figure
  • Jamaican Music
  • Successful sports people who hail from the Island, such as Usain Bolt


This week, as part of our learning on ‘Plants’, we have been looking at the life cycle of a sunflower.  We have all had the opportunity to plant our own sunflower seeds (including some we are going to use as an experiment) and we are looking forward to observing them and describing how they grow into mature plants.

Plants and trees are alive like humans and other animals. In order to stay alive, all living things do certain things called life processes.  We have learnt this through the use of the mnemonic ‘MRS GREN’.

M – Benjamin ‘moving’
R – Elaine ‘Respiration’
S – Emilia ‘Sensitivity’
G – Amy ‘Growth’
R – Santino ‘Reproduction’
E – Jessica ‘Excretion’
N – Jack ‘Nutrition’

Plants do these too but in a different way. Plants can move, grow and sense changes in their environment.  They need to take in nutrition and air to survive and they also need to get rid of waste. Plants can reproduce to make new plants and all living things have a life cycle.

How you can help!

Useful websites are:

BBC Bitesize
Characteristics of Materials (BBC)
Gallery of West Indian Art

Continue with daily reading at home and try to encourage your child to read a variety of different text types.  Remember to practise spellings each week and spend time carrying out weekly homework activities to develop reading comprehension and key skills in maths.

Home Learning

The homework can be linked to any of the above or can be completely the children's own choice, but if you follow the suggested structure given, week by week it should serve as a useful aid.

About Us

At Hall Meadow we promote achievement in all areas and from all members of our community. We respect and value each person as unique. We work together to create an active, caring and high quality environment that encourages self-sustaining lifelong learning.


Teaching & Learning

We are a fully inclusive school, children are always at the centre of everything we do. The curriculum is innovative and provides maximum opportunities for intellectual, social and emotional development. The children study the National Curriculum through themes such as 'Keen to be Green'.


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Hall Meadow Primary School

Packer Road
Lake Avenue
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