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Welcome to Demeter

demeterIn Demeter we create an atmosphere of independence and encourage the children to take responsibility for their learning, in preparation for the rest of their school journey. In Demeter we have two teachers, Mrs Powell and Miss Gilbert, we work very closely together to ensure consistency across the week. Mrs Powell will be in class on a Monday, Tuesday and Thursday morning as well as a Thursday afternoon. Miss Gilbert will be in class all day on a Monday, Tuesday afternoon, all day on a Wednesday and Friday afternoon. Mrs Hay provides learning support throughout the whole week and Mr Palmer teaches PE on a Friday morning.


Our Learning Updates

Demeter are the first year of Key Stage 1 and across the year will continue to develop their independence as they become more responsible for their learning.

Space!

Leading up until Easter, our main theme will be Space! We will be creating lots of different writing linked to our theme of space as well as finding out about a famous astronaut that went into space. In Science we will be finding out about what plants need to grow and carry out a range of investigations to test this knowledge. In Art we will be focusing on collage and thinking about the artist Matisse. Our Maths work will continue to develop our mental maths and build on many of the strategies that we have already learnt this year. We will also be finding out how to divide numbers as well as learning about fractions, position and direction. We will be thinking about how our timetables really help us with lots of areas of learning.

Daily phonics will continue with a focus on using ‘Fred talk’ to read and write words as well as how we can spot all the digraphs, tri-graphs and split digraphs that we have learnt this year in preparation for the phonics screening in June.


 

We have welcomed Miss Smith to our class last week. Miss Smith will be working alongside us as a student. Miss Smith enjoys teaching music and she has a fantastic skill at playing 7 different instruments. We look forward to her showcasing her amazing skills.

This week the children have been soooooo excited as they knew they were making pizzas this week. These were made on Wednesday afternoon and we spent the morning preparing the food. We peeled, chopped, grated, and tore our ingredients ready for putting on the pizzas. We had some interesting ingredients with banana topping the list. Nate was brave to try it but he didn’t like it. Kenrick added it to his pizza and gobbled it all up. We had Gracie deciding she was going to try red pepper on hers and this was a success. Ellis won the prize for the pizza with the biggest pile of toppings and Ava and Hannah get the neatest pizza prize. Ava for her lovely circle of cheese around the edge of hers and Hannah for her presentation.


In Maths this week we have looked at partitioning numbers by their digits and using sticks and bricks. We have found 10 less and 10 more of a number by using a number square, and some of us were challenging ourselves by using our number knowledge.

In English we have ended our Sorcerer’s Spell adventure by inventing our own magic potion to shrink an object or animal. We also invented our own mythical creature and made a fact file all about it.

Sophie has shared her knowledge of Chinese New Year with the class and has bought in items and explained to us all about them.

PE kits will come home on Friday. Please could you make sure the children have suitable outdoor shoes that they are able to put on themselves, and warm clothing as per our uniform guide. Mr Palmer will be trying to go outside as much as he can when we return after half term. Also the usual check for names and can the girls make sure they have socks in their bags as we don’t have alot of spares in class.

Please keep up with the reading during the holidays and our theme next term is Space so if you want to make some planets or small rockets over the holidays we can hopefully turn our classroom into a space station.

Show and tell will be all about space facts and any information the children can tell us.

What we have enjoyed this week:

Hannah & Faisal: We loved making the pizzas
Maya & Risara: We liked doing the spellings
Sara,Claudia, William & Amelia: We liked making Chinese lanterns
Nate: I like playing difference Jigsaw Jack
Kenrick & Ruvimbo: We like doing maths
Theo: I like counting backwards

We hope you have a lovely half term and we look forward to seeing you a week on Monday.

How you can help!

Reminders

  • PE day – Friday morning. Please remove earrings for these lessons and make sure girls have socks in their PE for when they are wearing tights at school.
  • Homework – due on Mondays
  • Spellings – tested on Thursday
  • Please have your book bag in school every day with all your books in your folder.

Web links to you to use at home with your child

Home Learning

Activities you can do at home

  • Read every day
  • Practise your high frequency words/common exception words
  • Practise your spellings
  • Spot the sounds in words, can you find digraphs and trigraphs?
  • Count in 2’s, 5’s and 10’s
  • Learn your number bonds to 10 and 20
  • Practise telling the time
  • Colouring books to improve fine motor skills
  • Ask your child to retell something they did at school

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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Contact the School Office

Hall Meadow Primary School

Packer Road
Lake Avenue
Kettering
Northamptonshire
NN15 7RP
Phone : 01536 417627

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