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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 in Art, we’ve been drawing and painting abandoned places of our choice that use perspective techniques and vanishing points. We used water colour paints to paint our pictures.

‘I liked doing this because it was really educational.’ explained Morgan.


Recently in English, we have been finishing off and writing up our prologues based on a clip we watched called ‘RUIN.’ We had to look at sentence types and writing techniques that impact the reader.

‘It was really fun planning our stories and writing them up after editing our drafts!’ exclaimed Kayleigh


In geography we have been learning about mountains we got to choose a mountain it could a volcanic or no. We did 5 or more pages the main five were location, climate, what to do in summer, what to do in winter and where to stay plus lots more. Most people did a book or a leaflet but we could chose how we wanted to lay it out!
‘I enjoyed geography because I love learning about mountains and learning new things!’

This week’s authors are:

Molly, Kayleigh and Morgan

Well done for all your hard work this half term. Have an enjoyable and safe half term.

Reminders- Please bring your brass instruments to school every Friday.

In English this week we watched a short clip set in abandoned city which had been taken over by robots. Then we wrote a monologue of how the person felt when they saw the robots in video. Before we started writing our monologues, we made notes of the events in the clip and used a range of vocabulary to describe how the person is feeling.

Our focus in Art this week has been perspective. We tried to design our own abandoned city using a single point perspective. We were using vanishing points to help us to see how far away or how small to draw the objects or buildings.

“It was tricky to draw the buildings in 3d to the vanishing point”
“I enjoyed drawing my perspective, I drew a bridge on river”

In Maths, this week we have been learning about perimeter of compound shapes. We were given some of measurements of the sides of the shapes but needed to find the length of the missing side. Then calculate the perimeter. 

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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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