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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


This week some of Ares class have been completing their Bikeability Stage 1 and 2. On this course we learn how to ride a bike safely on the road. Not only did we have to learn how to ride our bikes on the road practically, we also had to revise a book called ‘Tales of the Road.’ This book contains signs that we have to learn and remember for when we are on the road and know when tested on them. We each received a certificate proving we completed the course.

“Bikeability was very fun, and interesting. I learnt a lot whilst completing the course, such as turning left and right at junctions,” commented Jessica.

“I enjoyed Bikeability as it teaches a lot about road safety that is important in everyday life, especially as we grow up,” explained Bailey. 


In French we played a game based around describing different characteristics about each other and guessing who each person was talking about. We also asked the question “Who is it?” in French, which is “Qu’est-ce?” This then allowed each person to describe someone in French. We have also been listening to French music in order to expand our vocabulary.

“The games we have played in French to practice our vocabulary have been fun and helped us to learn more about French,” Daisy quoted.


We have been playing various maths games relating to multiplication. One of our class favourite was Multiplication Bingo. We had to quickly work out different number sentences given to us by the teacher and circle our answers, first one to tick off all their number won. This game improved our mental multiplication and allowed us to have fun which we found helped us to improve quicker.

“Multiplication Bingo was very fun and I was able to win the game!” exclaimed Evan. 

We were discussing the evidence that has accumulated over thousands of years to prove that the earth is spherical.


We have been writing detailed, balanced arguments about various scenarios such as whether we should have to wear school uniform or not and whether dogs should be kept on leads in parks or not. Some useful writing tools we have been using are different types of adverbs, time conjunctions and emotional language.

“Writing balanced arguments was very enjoyable because I want to be a lawyer when I am older, this style of writing will be very useful for winning cases,” explained Keira.

Reading Buddies

During reading buddies this week the teacher chose a book to read to us, our teachers chose ‘Tilly Mint Tales’ and ‘The Twits’. Tilly Mint Tales was very good as it lead us on an adventure and challenged us to think about the techniques the writer had used in their writing. In our pairs we then had to think about our favourite sections of the book and whether we would change anything.

“Tilly Mint Tales was excellent, I really enjoyed the section when the little girl danced with the Tree Lords because the writer explained the setting and story really well,” Molly announced.

Decorating our Classroom!

We have been decorating our classroom based on Kensuki’s Kingdom, a book we are reading in during our guided reading sessions. We have made a variety of vines, animals and leaves to replicate the main setting in the book which is a jungle. We also used our computing skills to research different animals that would be found in the jungle so we could accurately draw and make them

“This was very fun as we had freedom to design our own animals and trees, which became part of our classroom decorations!” said Mason excitedly.

“I really enjoyed experimenting with different skills, particularly cutting out and drawing different animals to speed up the process,” Lottie explained thoughtfully.

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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