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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 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 are given out on a Friday and will be tested in a range of ways the following Friday. 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.

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

Our theme for the Spring Term begins with a humanities focus on Jamaica and Mary Seacole. We will be using our reading skills to research inquiry questions about the country and also looking at the historical figure which was Mary Seacole and comparing her life to that of Florence Nightingale.  In The latter part of the Spring Term we will be looking at The Great Fire of London and are excited to welcome a theatre group in to “Kick Start” the theme with some drama activities.

 

We begun the week with an amazing performance of “ Oh What a Knight!” at the Lighthouse Theatre. It was fabulous to see so many children from Years 2 up to Year 5 supporting the Year 6 children in their final production! A huge thank you to everyone who helped us as a school to make this wonderful production happen! 

In the classroom, we have been presenting our inquiry homework to each other and what a lot of things we have learned. 
“I found out that the King is the most important piece on a chess board.” Oliver 
“I found out that baby swans are called Cygnets.” Liv 
“I found out that children and mothers were evacuated during the war,” Harriet 

On Tuesday, a little bit bleary-eyed, we began to plan an explorer story, drawing together everything we have learned this year about Geography and Science. We based our stories on the story of Christopher Columbus, but created our own versions, where the character discovers a new land and new species in their habitats. The description was fabulous! 

We also realises that the children in Apollo are Geniuses and can find the questions to a maths answer in lots of really sophisticated ways! 

We were so lucky to have Ellie Robinson with us on Sports Day! Not only is she a fantastic swimmer, but she is also extremely inspirational. We talked a great deal about the school values and how she has shown determination, perseverance and resilience to become such a successful athlete 

In 2016, Robinson won four medals at the 2016 IPC Swimming European Championships. She followed this success at the Rio Paralympics in 2016, where she won the gold medal in the women's S6 50m butterfly event and bronze in the women's S6 100m freestyle event. She became known for her "gangsta swagger" as she entered the pool in her oversized coat with its hood up. 

Ellie was kind enough o support us all during our Sports events and we had a really enjoyable afternoon. Luckily the weather was kind too. 

It has been a pleasure to teach the children of Apollo this year and so from all of the Year 2 team, we wish you a fantastic Summer and look forward to seeing you around the school next year!

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How you can help!

  • Application of knowledge of number bonds to calculate beyond pairs of numbers to 30 
  • Quick recall division and multiplication facts based on the 2,5,and 10 times tables but also using known facts to calculate unknown ones eg if 2 x 5 = 10 what does 2 x 50 = ? 
  • Picking out important information in word problems and comprehensions 
  • Reading longer texts and looking deeper into key themes and characterisation 
  • Making links between books we have read 
  • Using inference and deduction and showing an understanding of what we read to answer questions about a text

Home Learning

  • Daily 10 
  • Reading at least 3 x a day 
  • Re-telling the events or facts from what you have read 
  • Exploring spelling rules for words with suffixes –ing, -ed, -er, -est

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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