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Welcome to Iris

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This year, in Iris Class, the Class Teacher is Mrs Dickens. Mrs Coles, who is a Higher Level Learning Support Assistant, will be working alongside. We are also really lucky to have additional adults in Iris class during the week including Mr Palmer, our Sports Coach, and Miss Greener, our Partner Teacher. In Iris Class we follow the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum which is fun, creative and has lots of cross-curricular links. We work really hard to increase our independence skills including developing a really positive approach towards our learning as well as asking lots of questions.  Whilst in the first year at school we aim to equip the children with the skills and attitudes they will need to be effective learners for the rest of their time at school.

Starting Out

Our theme for this term is ‘Starting Out.’ Our learning for this term will focus mainly on finding out all about ourselves and settling confidently into Iris Class. We will be learning about the routines and expectations that we have at school including routines for the toilet, keeping ourselves healthy and safe, routines for lunchtime, sharing resources and going home. We will be looking carefully at each other, seeing what is the same, and what is different about each of us. We will be learning letter sounds, letter names, putting sounds together to make words and reading words that you just have to know. We will be looking at numbers, counting real objects and identifying simple shapes.

Our Learning Updates

Our Maths learning this week has centred around the concept of 'Measures' involving length and height and knowing the difference between the two. We have been refining our mathematical vocabulary to make sure that it is really accurate. We have been using the words long, longer, longest; tall, taller, tallest; short, shorter, shortest to describe and identify the different heights and lengths. Amelia and Ruby both said that they enjoyed "building the towers, making them taller and taller." Hugo said "I liked played with the snakes and ordering them."

We have made crowns for a queen as one of our phonic sounds this week was 'qu' We have been making words using magnetic letters and lots of the children have made excellent progress with their blending and segmenting of the sounds in words.The children have been practising writing their name using a wide range of different resources including sticks in the soil, chalks, pencils and coloured pencils. A really super week.

We have begun our rehearsals for the Nativity so the children may come home singing the songs.

Thanks you to those people who joined us for the 'Come and Read' session. It was lovely to see so many children actively engaged in reading.

If the children have recorded any of the homework tasks in their homework books then can they please hand them in on a Monday morning so they can be marked and given back.

Please...If anyone has any left over gravel, bark chippings, slate or any other natural objects then Iris Class could really use them in our outside area. Many thanks.

Home Learning

Once the Induction Period has been completed and the children are in full time attendance they will each receive a booklet of home learning tasks and activities for them to complete on a weekly basis. The most important of which is to read to, and with, your child every day. In addition to this there is a poem to learn to say, sounds and words to recognise and read and a mathematical activity to complete. After Christmas, as the children become developmentally ready, they will each have a small number of words to learn to spell each week.

How you can help!

These websites will help your child to practise skills that they have been learning 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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