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Welcome to Ares

MarsAresA warm welcome to the Ares Class web page! I am Mrs Jones and I am the class teacher in Year 5. In addition to this, we are lucky to have other adults working with us. Ms Gilbert teaches the class on Thursday morning and Mr Palmer on Thursday afternoons whilst I have my PPA time. Mrs Metha and Ms George both support the children throughout the week through intervention and extension work. We are an extremely hard working class who also like to have lots of fun with our learning!

This Terms Learning

This half term, our topic is ‘Changing Children’. During this exciting topic, we will be exploring Victorian Britain and developing an understanding of how life changed during Vitorian times. We will be linking this work to ‘Oliver Twist’ by Charles Dickens. In Literacy, we will be focussing on descriptive writing. We will be developing our use of figurative language in order to create vivid pictures for the readers of our writing as well as improving our sentence structure. In Science we will be investigating forces. In Art, the children will get to find out about LS Lowry and will be creating some art work using his style. In RE we will begin a unit of work on Hindusim. Throughout all of our work we will make links to Life in Modern Britain and continue to further our Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural understanding through reflections and activities such as P4C.

Our Learning Updates

Sections of a book called ‘The Boat’ have been read to us each lesson. We have then been acting these out, persuading different characters to get onto the boat in turn also saving the animals. This allowed us to think about different opinions and work on our persuasive writing.

“Drama for writing was fun for all the class, everyone enjoyed taking turns to persuade grumpy old men to save the animals” exclaimed Grace.


We were attempting to round both positive and negative numbers to the nearest 10, 100, 1000 and higher. This is useful when needing to estimate numbers when an exact figure is not needed, for example number of people at a party to determine the amount of food.

“Rounding numbers was quite difficult at times because they were very large numbers. However, I needed to remember that we only need to look at the end number to determine which way we round,” quoted Sapphire.


During our P.E. lesson this week we completed a fitness circuit, performing various exercises. Some of these exercises were star jumps, discus hold, shuttle runs and spotty dogs.

We also joined in with Joe Wick’s Schools Fitness Week; we performed a 20 minute HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) workout.

“The shuttle runs were fun but made me work hard for 30 seconds,” explained Keira.

Photographs from our Buddy Reading Project


This week in Science we looked at ways of measuring different forces. We used Newton meters to pull along a weight sat on various materials. This allowed us to see which material produced the most friction and how they could be used in everyday life.

“Rubber produced the most friction and gripped to the table, this is one reason we use rubber to produce car tyres rather than foil or cotton” explained Chloe.


Before designing and colouring our bricks we chose positive values that we follow in school and explained why we chose them. Some of these positive values are loyalty, perseverance and encouragement.

“Art was really fun because we got to express our positive feelings through art and discuss them openly” Kayleigh said excitedly!


In English we produced a draft describing a picture of a room we were given, this was our cold writing. We then edited and produced a final piece of writing based on Oliver Twist.

“Writing descriptions about Oliver Twist was very enjoyable because we were able to use our imagination and be creative with our writing!” exclaimed Morgan.

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How you can help!

These websites will help to support your child’s learning:


BBC Bitesize KS2


Home Learning

Phonics fun

Here are some exciting words relating to Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens – can you include these in your writing this week?

whisper, small, damp, alone, love, penniless, poor, dreadful, prison, collapsed, weary, second-hand, worthless, unwanted, wailing, unforgiving

Homework is given out weekly on Tuesday and is due in on Monday. In Literacy, the focus this half term is reading comprehension. Maths homework links to in-class learning to allow the children to consolidate their work. Spellings are tested every week on Friday and children can choose whether to learn ‘Core’, ‘Challenge’ or ‘Extension’ words. The children also have weekly times tables practice which should be evident in homework books.

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
NN15 7RP
Phone : 01536 417627

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