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Welcome to Athena

athenaA warm welcome to the Athena Class web page!

I am Mrs Green and I am the class teacher in Year 4.

Mrs Mears will be in the class three days a week supporting learning and conducting interventions.

We are lucky to have a sports coach, Mr Palmer on Tuesday afternoons whilst I have my PPA time.

We are an extremely hard working class who also like to have lots of fun with our learning!

Our Learning Updates

Our theme this term is ‘Gladiators’. We will be taking a virtual trip to discover what life was like in Roman times, and explore its history. Our English lessons will focus on Stories with dilemmas for the first half of this term before moving onto Report Writing. We will be developing our reading, writing, analysis and presentation skills through these focuses. In Science we will be investigating ‘Animals, including Humans’. We will be learning about the Human digestive system, teeth and food chains. In RE we will begin the topic ‘Christianity’. Throughout all our work, we will further our Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural understanding through various activities such as P4C.


 

English

On Tuesday’s English lesson Athena Class completed a Drama for Writing lesson with Ms Gilbert. Ms Gilbert read a text Mousehole Cat. In small groups we acted out scene where children were playing on the beach, fishermen fishing and or a bakers making bread. Then we continued the scene when a storm hit! The wind swirlled, thunder roared and waves crashed! During the thunder storm scene we used freeze frames to explore feelings and thoughs.

Mathematics

This week we have been learning to use a number line for subtraction. Next week we will be solving addition and subtraction problems.

P4C

This week our P4C focus was a question we created based on the text Balaclava Boy.

“Should we ever steal to be in a gang?”

We explored what the consequences and benefits could be of stealing to join a gang. The discussion moved onto what the definiton what a ‘gang’ is. Should friends make us do something that is wrong? How would the victim feel? What is the difference between friends and gangs? Is it ever ok to steal?

This week’s key skill/attitude for inquiry: Communicative

Reminders

Please return the Collection from School forms ASAP
Parent and Teacher Hour will be every Thursday after school. Please book appointments in the folder at the school office.

This week in Science we have been learning about the human digestive system. We named the organs involved in the digestive process and found about what their role.

“I liked learning about the digestive system as I didn’t know how food was digested and I know lots of new words! We even found out what phalanges are!”

In Art this week we have been learning about mosaics, we looked at pictures of different mosaics from the Roman times. We then created our own mosaic pattern.

“I found out that mosaics are not popular anymore”

“I enjoyed making my own mosaic”

We have continued to focus on stories with a dilemma in English. This week we have read Balaclava boy. We analysed and highlighted the key features of the story. On Thursday we thought of questions we could ask George to see how he felt and question why he stole the balaclava through hot seating. We used the key theme of stealing to create open ended questions in P4C.

In history we conducted an inquiry into the Roman Ruling System. Each group had a focus of either Emperors, Kings or Republic. They worked as a team to find out all about their focus. The groups presented their information in very different ways. At the end of the lesson we held a class vote on the ruling systems... the Emperors won Athena class’ vote.

Reminders

  • Can Roman KWL grids be returned to school completed ASAP please.
  • Please ensure all school uniform is named.
  • Homework is due in on Monday.

How you can help!

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

BBC Roman Empire

The Romans

BBC Maths - Place Value

Literacy - Nouns

Please ensure that your child reads every evening and signs the Link Diary. It is still really important to hear them read regularly. We are hoping that all of the children will know their all of their times tables by July. 5 minutes practice a day is the best approach. Spelling is a real target for improvement in our class so any extra practise will really help

 

Home Learning

Year 4 are given weekly homework that is set on a Tuesday and handed back in for marking on the following Monday. This consists of an English activity and a Maths activity. The children are also given weekly spellings to learn, which are tested on a Friday. The mental maths test will be on a Thursday morning; this will consist of either times tables or number bonds.

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.

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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
Kettering
Northamptonshire
NN15 7RP
Phone : 01536 417627

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