Friday 5th October 2018
Focus:- The Whole Child Project and the Early Years Foundation Stage Updates
The Whole Child Project
The Whole Child Project has once again begun with excitement and enthusiasm within every class at Hall Meadow. The project involves the teaching and learning of Mindfulness, Peer Massage and Philosophy for Children along with an Approach to Learning programme which is integrated into the teaching and learning within the day. The project runs across the whole school, involving all year groups, and it aims to support the mental health and wellbeing of our children. Every class, with the exception of Iris Class, now know the complete Massage in Schools programme which is really fantastic. Some of the comments from the children include,
“It’s weird because I didn’t think I would like it but I do! I love it!”
“It’s really lovely and relaxing.”
“I like it when I give a massage and when I receive a massage.”
Lots of the children have been taking home what they have been practising and using it with their parents and carers at home. If anyone wishes to find out more about any of these initiatives then please contact Mrs Dickens in Iris Class.
Early Years Foundation Stage
The new reception children have settled brilliantly into life at Hall Meadow Primary School and the early transition has certainly had a positive impact on the way they all come in to the classroom and follow the routines and expectations of the day. The children are now attending the daily assembly and are making great progress with their listening and attention. This can be seen in the indoor and outdoor learning environments as well as in assembly. We are learning our new sounds and how to blend them together to make words as well as reading words you just have to know. In maths, we are following a new ‘Mathematics Mastery’ approach which is where we find out everything about a particular number. The children have already begun to transfer their number knowledge into shape, patterns and lots of other areas of the curriculum.
The EYFS curriculum includes indoor and outdoor learning and bases this on the needs of the children and their preferred environment for learning. As the weather gets cooler we will continue to use both the indoor and outdoor so please ensure that your child is wearing suitable clothing for the variable weather conditions. Thank you.
A big thank you to those people who were able to attend our Harvest Festival assembly which took place on Wednesday of this week. It was lovely to see so many people. Each class showcased a piece for everyone with some super singing, actions, poetry, reading and art work. The children were brilliant performers and they showed confidence and enjoyment in their learning. Thank you also for all of the donations of food sent in. These will be delivered to the Kettering Food Bank and used to support families in Kettering.
Thank you for your continued support.
A reminder that the cut-off time for hot dinners for the following week is midnight on Tuesday.
Please can we politely ask, that if you park your car to drop off or collect your child from school, that you park safely and show consideration for our neighbours. Thank you.
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