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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.


In the autumn term we will be finding out about toys from the past and making comparisons to toys we have now as part of our History work. We look forward to seeing what toys our parents and grandparents have that we can look at. In Science we will be investigating Materials, we will be carrying out investigations to find the strongest and the most waterproof material. We will also be looking at different materials that toys are made out of. DT will enable us to be creative, as we will be investigating different structures in order to make a strong structure and taking care to assemble and join components to make a piece of playground equipment.

Daily phonics will continue with a focus on using ‘Fred talk’ to read and write words. The children will have the opportunity to make their own non-fiction book and there will be a focus on reading and retelling traditional tales in English. In Maths we will be looking at money, time as well as continuing to work on our addition, subtraction and learning our times tables for 2, 5 and 10. We will continue with daily mental maths practice, including counting, number bonds to 10, halving/doubling numbers and 1 more and 1 less than a number.

We are really looking forward to another busy term and of course our preparations for Christmas and the nativity!

Demeter have enjoyed reading and writing poetry this week. We have looked at poems linked to autumn thinking about the smells, taste and things they might hear. The children really impressed us with their fantastic ideas for poetry and were even able to use rhyming words at the end of lines in their poems! We have been thinking about Anti-bullying this week and linked some of our poetry and PSHE to this. In Maths we have been thinking about time using the analogue clock for o’clock and half past. If you could support the children with this we would be very grateful thinking about where the big and hand and little hand go for o’clock, half past and quarter to and past if they are ready.

We have started to learn our nativity songs and today had our first rehearsal. The children are very excited to start rehearsing and performing to you all in December. Some children have lines to learn and any help with this would be appreciated.

Thank you to those parents that came to our ‘Come and Read’ session on Tuesday. The children really do enjoy reading with you at school and we enjoyed reading lots of stories with many of the children in the class.

Our Science this week enabled us to explore materials further thinking about their properties e.g. transparent, hard, soft, and opaque. The children had a fantastic understanding of some scientific vocabulary.

When you are out and about, it would be really helpful if you could discuss with the children whether things are natural or man-made as we have been working on this in our Science.

In History we looked at a picture by Breugel which showed different games played in the past. The children then had the opportunity to draw a picture of themselves playing a chosen game from the picture thinking about what they would have done in the past.

What Demeter had to say about their week:

Oliver – I enjoyed naming 3D shapes.
Sophie – I enjoyed doing our spellings.
Ellis – I have enjoyed practising with Mrs Hay.
Lots of us enjoyed starting our Nativity
Phonic sounds for this week: er, ear and air

Show and tell for next week: Please can the children bring in natural and man-made objects which links with our work in Science. The children need to be able to explain why the object is either natural or man-made.

  • The children have all had a letter about their costume for the nativity. Any problems please come and talk to one of us.
  • Please can you make sure you are recording daily reading at home in the children’s planners.
  • We have been learning about time and 3D shape in Maths. Any opportunities to ask the children what the time is (o’clock and half past) and to name and describe 3D shapes you have in the house would be really helpful.
  • The children have been given two letters this week about the pantomime and carol singing at the Christmas Fayre. If you haven’t received these please let us know (two letters left out in class – owner unknown).

How you can help!

  • PE days – Friday morning – please make sure earrings are removed and girls have socks in their PE bag.
  • Homework – due on Mondays every week.
  • Spellings – these will be tested on a Thursday every week.
  • Please have your book bag in school every day and make sure your reading books and planner are in the folder every day.

How can you help?

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

Home Learning

Here are some activities you can do at home:

  • Read every day
  • Practise your high frequency 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
  • 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.


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'.


Contact the School Office

Hall Meadow Primary School

Packer Road
Lake Avenue
NN15 7RP
Phone : 01536 417627

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