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Welcome to Poseidon

 

poseidonWelcome to Poseidon class! Our names are Mrs Spencer and Mrs Townend and we teach the Year 3 class at Hall Meadow. Poseidon class is also very lucky to have other adults that teach us and support our learning. Mrs Mears, Mrs Matthes and Mr Palmer also support the children across the week.

Poseidon are in the first year of Key stage 2 and across the year will continue to develop their independence and their approach to learning.

“What did The Romans ever do for us?”

Our theme this term is ‘The Roman Empire’. We will be discovering some fascinating facts about what life was like in Ancient Rome and using our inquiry skills to research key events and people from this era. We will investigate the effect of the Roman invasion of Britain and look for evidence of the Roman legacy on our lives. In Science, we will be investigating animals, including humans. We will be learning about how our bodies work and what keeps us healthy as well as looking at different animals and making observations about their skeletons. Poseidon will also be learning French, we include lots of games, rhymes and songs to help us to learn key phrases, numbers, colours and objects.

Throughout all of our work we will make links to Life in Modern Britain and continue to further our Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural understanding through reflections and activities such as P4C.


Learning Updates

This week was anti - bullying week and we started this off with a poem called 'The bully' during a P4C session. After reading and discussing the poem and what it meant and how it made us felt, we began to work in groups to generate a 'juicy' question to talk about in more detail. We all agreed on 'Why do we bully and do they do it for any particular reasons?' The children shared their thoughts and were very respectful of each others opinions. On Thursday we looked at a short story and answered some inference questions about it from looking at the clues provided in the text and the pictures then we sorted the good ways to deal with the situation and the bad ways. Great discussion points!

In French we learnt a new colour (grey) and in music we practised playing note B on the recorder! 😊

Athletics:
The ten children that took place representing our class/school did a fantastic job and really tried their best with a combined result for the school of 6th out of 15! Well done to all who took part.

In literacy, to prepare for our persuasive texts about deforestation we looked at the Amazon rainforest via video clips and a short powerpoint; exploring all of the wonderful life that exists in this colourful part of the world in South America. The children were then given free reign to research using IPads and books to find out more facts to support their viewpoint on this issue.

In maths we have practised the use of grid method in multiplication lots and with our final look at it with word problems on Friday we are ready to leave this and revisit next term and start division: grouping by division. On Thursday, the children who did not get a chance, this time to go to Athletics, in maths we had a puzzle morning of division dominoes, multiplication triangles and missing boxes challenges.

To end our week on anti - bullying we will design and create a poster about anti - bullying / bullying and some of us will get the opportunity to present these to a lower key stage class as role models for expected behaviour around the school.

Thank you
Mrs Townend and Mrs Spencer

Poseidon have had a great second week!

We started off the week practising making circuits and made some colourful and glittery firework pictures - really effective and sparkly!

Tuesday we all went on our trip to West Lodge Rural centre and developed our independence and team - building skills making dens, working and playing together in new surroundings and eating marshmallows. The children were super and the staff at the farm were extremely impressed with their behaviour and corporative skills. Thank you again to those of you who helped on the trip and leading up to it. We were extremely lucky with the weather - some might say not as the mud slide wasn't as wet as could be.

We were all extremely tired the following day so we did some chilled out activities; began our draft visual diaries of our day at the farm, finished making parrots for our class display and then a spot of gymnastics in PE.

We have began looking at the grid method when solving multiplication problems and we will continue this further as most need a bit more practise but all have showed great perseverance. In literacy we have began to imitate and learn a persuasive text through talk for writing and most know half of the text already with support from their text maps that we created for this.

In science we created an investigation and practical experiment comparing the force of different surfaces - some of us showed super presentation skills with trying to write this out in their books without any support sheet - well done!

For remembrance we will be recreating some water colour paintings with some poppies on for a class display. 

Thank you

Mrs Townend and Mrs Spencer

How you can help!

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

BBC Living Things
Primary Homework Help

  • PE day – Wednesday afternoon. 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. We recommend plain tracksuit bottoms in school colours as well.
  • Homework – due on Mondays with the first homework being given on Wednesday 13th 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, reading book and planner in school every day. 

Home Learning

Throughout the year the type of homework that will be set will vary; with each half term having a slightly different focus. MyMaths will be used at different points throughout the year as the set homework but is available all year round for extra practice.

Here are some activities you can do at home:

  • Read every day
  • Practise using a dictionary and thesaurus
  • Practise your spellings for your spelling test
  • Practise your number bonds to 10, 20 and 100
  • Practise your times tables, 2x, 3x, 4x, 5x, 8x, 10x
  • Practise telling the time
  • 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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Hall Meadow Primary School

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

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