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Welcome to Zeus

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Welcome to Zeus class! Our names are Mrs Renshaw and Ms Pallett and we teach the Year 6 class at Hall Meadow.  We are also lucky enough to have a sports coach, Mr Palmer that will join Ms Pallett on a Friday afternoon for PE.

In Zeus we aim to create an atmosphere of independence and encourage the children to take increased responsibility both for their learning, in preparation for secondary school, and by being excellent role models to the rest of the school, demonstrating this in their prefect roles.

This term’s learning

Our theme this half term is “Mountains”.  We will be finding out about how mountains are formed, about mountain ranges and about the mountain environment. 

In English, we will be focussing on persuasive writing.  We will be developing our use of persuasive techniques in order to persuade the reader.  Our class text will be ‘Pig Heart Boy’ by Malorie Blackman. 

You're thirteen. All you want is a normal life. But most normal kids don't need heart transplants.
So there's this doctor. He says there's a chance for you. But he also says it's experimental, controversial and risky. And it's never been done before.

In maths, we will focusing on decimals and percentages.  We will look at the converting of decimals and the use of the four operations with decimals.  We will also begin to look at algebra.   

Our science topics are: Food chains; Adaptation; Plants; Life Cycles; Habitats and Micro-organisms.  Our RE topic is Hinduism.

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.


Our Learning Updates

 

English

On Monday morning, Year 6 came into a crime scene about frogs flying on lily pads. We were taking the role of Metropolitan police...

This week in English our class has been solving a crime about flying frogs that have mysteriously appeared on school grounds. We have been writing our theories down; we have also been given roles of witnesses and experts [detectives, Prime Ministers, zoologists, man eating a sandwich, old lady and farmers].

Maths

In maths this week we have been working on algebra. We have learnt some new vocabulary and although we’re finding this topic challenging we are very determined. We have been finding missing values and the nth term. We are proud to say that we are progressing in algebra.

Computing/Music

In computing we used iMovie to create short trailer for the book ‘Tuesday’. We were in groups of 2-5 and we had every afternoon of last week to complete it. We also created an instrumental piece to go with the book. Some groups decided to share their piece with the rest of the class. Every piece was different to the other.

REMINDER: A letter has gone out about purchasing SATS revision books and revision sessions after school on a Monday. If you want to purchase any of the books or send your child to one of the revision sessions please complete and return the letter.

This week’s blog is by: Izzy and Beyza.

English

In English this week we have been writing up our persuasive piece on whether xenotransplantation should be used to solve the shortage of donor organs. Xenotransplantation is using animal organs instead of human organs. We are reading a book about a boy called Cameron who is getting a pig heart after picking up a heart virus. This is the only way it can be solved. The book is called Pig Heart Boy.

“I have enjoyed writing a persuasive piece about xenotransplantation.”

Maths

In Maths this week we have been looking at area and perimeter. Some of us have been doing word problems based on area and perimeter. We have also been finding out how to find the area of triangles. Area is the space inside of the shape and perimeter is the outside of the shape. To find the perimeter you add all the sides together, to find the area you times the length by the width. To find the area of a triangle you times length by width divide by 2.

“I have enjoyed maths because it was hard but it was fun at the same time.”

Art

In Art this week we have been painting a picture with a Hindu God (he was blue) playing the flute. Our aim was to use different shades of the same colour for contrast and effect.

PE

In PE we have been working on create our own gymnastic routines. We have particularly focused on symmetry and asymmetry and working with our partners / small groups on the overall effect of our routine.

How you can help!

Home Learning

Year 6 are given weekly homework that is set on a Friday and handed back in for marking on a Thursday. This consists of an English activity and a Maths activity. The children are also given weekly spellings to learn which are tested on a Friday. Homework is an important part of a child’s transition to secondary school, as when they are there they will be expected to balance and meet deadlines, so please encourage your child to complete their homework on time. Your child may also want to complete extra revision of topics they have struggled with 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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