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Welcome to Apollo


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.


This week in Apollo Class we have been exploring Anthony Browne books in more detail. We read the story of Gorilla and used it to plan our own ideas for a story then began by writing our opening paragraph using as much detail and description as possible. We also talked about subordinate clauses this week and how they are used to add more detail to a sentence. This is done by using joining words (conjunctions) such as because, that, so, if, when, otherwise or until. We looked at some of the author’s illustrations and found some really interesting things about his work such as :

  • They often contain puzzles and jokes 
  • They often have a feeling of strangeness and mystery 
  • They often take something ordinary and change it into something else. 
  • The more you look the more you see. 
  • Sometimes use spot the difference to bring out contrasts 
  • They don’t always have a happy ending. 
  • Sometimes they deal with difficult issues and feelings (being sad, feeling weak, lonely or powerless) 

Then we wrote some sentences which contained a main clause and then a subordinate clause. Here are some examples of what the children wrote: 

The hideous, black cloud floated slowly to the other side however, the sun pushed it away. 

A big, grey cloud was coming towards me really quickly because it was raining. 

The sad, angry monkey looked at the beautiful monkey meanly because he was on the dark side and wanted to be on the bright side. 

Can you work out which parts of the sentence are the main clause (make sense on their own,) and which part is the subordinate clause (which needs a main clause to be friends with and doesn’t make sense on its own.)

In maths we have continued with time and have been practising counting around in jumps of 5 minutes. Minutes past the hour is not too bad, but we are finding calculating minutes to the hour really tricky. Any help with this at home would be really useful. In the accompanying pictures you will see some examples. 

In Science, we have begun our new topic of Plants which will run through this term and over to next term. We have looked at some slowed down clips of seeds germinating and thought about what w want to know about plants that we don’t already. This ties in nicely with Science Week too.

We look forward to welcoming you to our class assembly on Monday 18th March and thank those of you who were able to spare 10 minutes to talk about the end of Key Stage 1 assessments in May. It was also lovely to see some of you at the work sharing afternoon and to be able to give the children opportunities to look back on the progress they have made since September.

Below is a link which was mentioned at the information morning. Some of you may wish to have a look at sample papers with your child just to help them feel comfortable with the layout and style of the questions.

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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.


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
NN15 7RP
Phone : 01536 417627

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