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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

For the first part of the term, we will be focusing on Charles Wicksteed as a historical figure and the impact that he had and continues to have in Kettering. We will work on recognising where Kettering is in the world and use maps to locate landmarks in the local area. as well as learning directional language, such as left, right, forwards, backwards, and also North, East, South and West. This will also be reinforced by our learning of computing, where we will learn about the basics of computer programming and how to make an object move through basic programming. Our Science theme will be about how humans and animals grow and change and recognising the basic needs of humans and animals.  The first few weeks of homework will be linked to our learning in Religion, where we will be exploring our own faith and celebrating the faiths of the people in our class and community. after this, we will be sending home work on maths skills and grammar.

 

This week in Maths, we have been looking really closely at what numbers really mean. We have been continuing sequences counting in steps of 2,5 and 10 and working out which numbers are missing. A really important part of maths is to be able to explain how you know an answer is correct, so we have been working on our explaining and reasoning too.

When you look at the value of a number, you need to know and understand where it goes on the number line. To help us with this we made 2-digit numbers using sticks of tens and ones and then worked out how to put them in order from smallest to largest. We also experimented with using the symbol to place two numbers correctly, explaining how we knew that one was more than and one was less than. 

We began a new story this week all about Small Knight and his adventures to fight a very fierce dragon. This adventure story helped us to think about a story journey and we used lots of actions and repetitions to help us remember the story. Next week we are going to have a go at planning our own adventure story using Small Knight to help us. 

After our parent meeting on Tuesday 24th, we will be giving out spellings and homework. The spellings will mainly be recapping on phonics from Year 1 and will also include Common Exception Words from the list which we need to learn in Year 2. We will send a copy of this list home as the more these words can be practised, the better it is for the children to be able to use them in their writing. 

In Science, we have been talking about Human Life Cycles and comparing what humans are able to do at different stages in their lives. When we go on our visit to Elm Bank in October, this will help us to understand a bit more about how we change and slow down as we get older. 

Finally, we enjoyed a football tater session on Thursday morning which got us out and about and woke us up nicely! 

Please could you make sure that if you order a lunch, the children don’t then bring in a packed lunch too, as we are wasting quite a bit of food because of this, where ordered lunches are going to waste. 

Many thanks for your continued support.

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How you can help!

Spend some time looking at the Common Exception Words for Year 2. The children will need to know how to read and spell all of these by the end of Year 2.

Practise pairs of numbers which make 10 or 20 if you fancy a challenge. For example 7 + ? = 10.

Talk to your child about the faith of your family and explore their views and opinions about it. Alternatively, you could choose a faith to explore and find out about. 

Practise the spelling pattern of the week - maybe even find other words with the pattern which are not on the list

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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