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Welcome to Demeter

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In 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. Miss Eastbrook also supports in our class over the week.


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All About Us

In the autumn term, we will be finding out all about ourselves, naming parts of our body and thinking about how we and animals have changed since being babies. We will be using our new Jigsaw character ‘Jack’ to support our understanding of different feelings and emotions and how they relate to ‘real life’ experiences.

We will have daily phonics to start our morning focusing on using ‘Fred talk’ to read and write words. In English, we will be reading a number of different books thinking about words that rhyme and retelling the stories that we have read. We will be working hard on our handwriting and writing sentences using capital letters, finger spaces and full stops. In Maths, we will be counting forwards and backwards in 1s, 2s, 5s and 10s. We will be using the + and – sign to answer sums as well as learning number bonds to 10 and 20, and saying 1 and 10 more or less than a number.

 

Demeter have had another exciting week, especially when the Rhyme Rocket came to visit us. They taught us lots of rhymes and made us laugh a great deal.

In English we have been reading the book ‘Shark in the Park’ where we have made predictions about the text and finding rhyming words. We have also been able to retell the story and make our own booklet about the park. Over the half term holiday there is a production of this at the Lighthouse Theatre if you would like to see it. Our focus in Maths this week has been counting in ones and twos as well as finding one more or less than a number as well as recognising and writing numbers up to 100.

In Art the children used different media to make marks taking their pencil for a walk on the page. Jigsaw Jack has been helping us to keep calm and understand the importance of doing this. In Science we have explored our five senses – see if the children can tell you what these are. Next week we will be carrying our experiments to test our five senses.

Our phonic focus for this week has been – ff, ck and qu See if the children can say the rhyme to go with these sounds and can they remember the ones from last week (ss, zz and ll).

What did the children have to say about our week?

• ‘I have enjoyed learning about numbers in maths’ – Olivia
• ‘I enjoyed all of the maths activities this week’ - Brooke
• ‘I enjoyed acting out the story of Shark in the Park’ - Maya
• ‘I enjoyed practising my letters using paper on sandpaper’ - Gracie
• ‘I liked using the beebots’ - Noah
• ‘I liked using the beebot game on the ipads’ - Ellis
• ‘I enjoyed the visit from rhyming rocket because they were funny’ - Faisal

A few reminders:

• Please make sure only reading books and planners are kept in the children’s reading folder.
• Please make sure homework is handed in on Monday every week.
• On Tuesday 26th September at 3pm we look forward to you coming into school for our first ‘Come and read’ session of the year.
• Spellings tests will be every Thursday.

How you can help!

  • PE days – Friday morning. Please remove earrings for these lessons. The children will need either trainers or plimsolls for outdoor PE until the weather changes and then they will need plimsolls for indoor PE until the weather improves in the summer term.
  • Homework – due on Mondays with the first homework being given on Monday 11th September 2017 which will be due back on Monday 18th September 2017.
  • Spellings – tests will take place every Thursday with the first test being on Thursday 21st September 2017.
  • Please have your book bag in school every day and please make sure your keep your planner and reading books in the clear plastic wallet provided.

How can you help?

These web links may be of use to you to use at home with your child.

www.ictgames.co.uk

www.phonicsplay.co.uk

www.tutpup.com

Home Learning

Here are some activities you can do at home:

  • Read every day
  • Practise reading and spelling the year 1 common exception words (these will be provided for you)
  • Practise your spellings for your spelling test
  • 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
  • Practise using scissors to cut out shapes

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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