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Welcome to Apollo

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Welcome to Apollo Class!

This Year you will continue to find Mrs Donald on Monday and Tuesday and Mrs Meeks on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Mrs Evans will also be with us for most of the week, which we are delighted about. 

Homework will be handed in on a Monday and usually marked and sent back the same day.

Spellings will be given out on a Friday and will be tested in a range of ways the following Friday. We suggest that you spend a little time on them as often as possible, as this is the best way for the brain to recall them into the long term memory. If the children could make sure they have their homework books in their bags everyday so that we can practise spellings at any point during the day, that would be really helpful! 
Similarly, please make sure you have your reading books in your bag everyday so that we can change around our reading sessions if we need to for any reason. Your child will have an independent reading book closely matched to their independent reading level and a guided reading book which will be a more challenging text. We work on this as a group once a week and it may take some time to get through a text, as we explore lots of themes and skills to develop and enhance comprehension skills. 

Please try not to read ahead with the guided texts, as it prevents children from working on prediction skills based on what they already understand about the text.

This Term's Theme

This term we will be looking at all things Jamaican! We will be using the History focus of Mary Seacole and coupling it with a geography focus to do lots of learning on processing and analysing information. Reading will continue to be a focus this term and we will be working on ways of helping the brain to make sense of what we read to turn it into our own ideas.

In Maths, we will be looking at 2D and 3D shape and will then move onto division and multiplication using resources and bar model.

We hope to do some tasting of tropical fruits and later on in the term, will try our hand and making some simple Jamaican dishes such as Jerk Chicken or vegetables and Rice and Peas.

In Music we will be learning about songs from Jamaica and recapping on musical terms which we have previously learnt. We will learn how to layer songs and add pulse and rhythm to them using percussion.

RE This term is all about Christianity and we will begin by looking at the bible. Later on, in the term we will take another visit to the Parish Church to learn about things which are of importance during a service of worship in Christianity.

In Science we are exploring materials and setting up investigations to see which materials are more suitable for different tasks.

Our Jigsaw theme for this term is Dreams and Goals.

 

This week we have really got our teeth stuck into Information Texts. We have been reading so much information about Jamaica and have been processing and analysing it to organise and write in our own way. We recapped on features of an Information Text and spent time drawing together everything we have found out in order to write our own Information Book all about Jamaica. 

Maths has been all about shape. We recalled what we had learnt in Year 1 about 2D shape and used this to help us describe the features of 3D shapes. We learnt about right angles and the names for 7 and 8 sided shapes. We investigated 3D shapes and talked about grouping them by their features. 

In Science we have been looking at the suitability of materials. Is a fabric spoon useful? We have used our skills in reasoning to explain why certain materials are better for a job than others. 

Last week we learnt about devices which have cameras and talked about how easy it is today to take photographs. Next week we will be taking our own photographs and looking at how to make a subject the centre of the picture and how to focus a device.

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How you can help!

Practise number bonds to 20

Talk about arrays in everyday life such as egg boxes (2 x 3 and 3 x 2)

Talk about 2D and 3D shapes in everyday life

Continue to practise spellings and particularly Common Exception Words.

Encourage use of phonics when spelling words

Try out some simple Jamaican Recipes at home

Look at maps and globes and reinforce continents and places in the world

Talk about links your family have with other places in the world

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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