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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.


We have had a really busy week in Apollo this week! We began our week with a trip to the church in the town to find out all about a Christian place of worship. We found lots of artefacts which are important to the Christian acts of worship and were able to talk about them. When we returned to school, we wrote some really impressive recounts about our day and what we had discovered.

On Wednesday, we did some cooking. We took part in activities to help prepare and cook tropical fruit smoothies and Jamaican Jerk Chicken. Some of us were unsure about trying the foods, but were really brave and found that we actually really liked the chicken, even though it was a little bit spicy! 

We investigated with the fruit and discovered that using passion fruit in a smoothie wasn’t great because the pips stayed in the mixture and we didn’t like that, but we learnt from our mistakes and the second time, we left the passion fruit out! 

We have also carried out a science investigation, to find out where the best place to melt ice cubes is. We made measurements of temperature and observed our fair test, to come up with a conclusion which answered our question. 

Apollo class have also been being “ambassadors” for the school during lunchtimes and raising the profile of good behaviour and our school values in the hall. They have been asked to be role models and ensure that they are eating with good manners and clearing up after themselves and we are happy to say that they have made us proud and some have even been awarded Values stickers from the Lunch Time staff. Well done!! 

Have a great half term week and we will see you back to school on Tuesday 26th for our “Under the Sea” school theme.

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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'.


Contact the School Office

Hall Meadow Primary School

Packer Road
Lake Avenue
NN15 7RP
Phone : 01536 417627

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