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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

In English this week we have been watching a short movie called Francis by Richard Hickey. This is a story about of a girl named Francis. A mysterious creature keeps knocking on the bottom of her row-boat - this carries on through the night. The next morning Francis is never seen again…

“I think it is interesting to make a line graph to show the tense and the calm parts of the animation.”-Evie
“I liked describing a girl called Francis.”-Lara
“I enjoyed making my own storyboard with my own ending.”-Reef

MATHS

This week Zeus has been very busy in Maths. We have been learning about fractions and we did assessments to practise for the SATs.

“I liked to get the results back from my tests so that I could improve.”-Mia
“I liked to find different fraction solutions to a word problem.”-Reuben
“I liked my improvements on the tests from last year and this year.”-Marah
“I got 34/40 in my Arithemetic test. From the last test, I have improved by 16.”-Evie

DT

This week we made something not many people had tried before – quesadillas. Ms Pallett was extremely pleased with our behaviour during this session and our clearing away!! The quesadillas were delicious and we recommend trying them.

Upcoming Events

Year 6 are very excited about a trip on the 4 of December 2017. We are going to see…….
We are also going to see the Christmas pantomime at the Lighthouse Theatre - Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

By Gracie C & Evie & Jasmin

Bikeability 

This week some of the class have been doing a lot biking!  They have been taking part in the Bikeability scheme to improve their confidence when cycling.  They all had a great time cycling on the school playground and in the streets neat to school. Most of the people who took passed levels 1 and 2.

“I really enjoyed it, it was fun and enjoyable but the instructors were strict (they need to so they could keep us safe.)”

English 

This week in English we have been writing diary entries.  We have been writing from the perspective of the main character – August Pullman.  We have completed our first draft and will use next week to revise and edit these.

Maths

We have been doing lots of problem solving this week. It has been great fun working with people who we don’t usually work with. This week has been enjoyable – we can’t wait to see what’s in store for next week!

Remembrance

On Friday our class walked to the War Memorial to lay a wreath on behalf of our school.  We listened to a poem read by Izzy, Lennon, Ralph and Eleanor and held our own minutes silence.  We will remember. 

Class blog by Olivia and Mia! 

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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