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Welcome to Ares

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A warm welcome to the Ares Class web page! I am Mrs Green and I am the class teacher in Year 5. Ares are very luck to work with a number of other adults too. Miss Gallagher supports the class during the morning and Mrs Mears support and conducts interventions and extension work in the afternoons.  We are lucky to have a sports coach, Mr Palmer on Tuesday  afternoons whilst I have my PPA time. We are an extremely hard working class who also like to have lots of fun with our learning!

This Terms Learning

Our theme this term is ‘Ancient Maya’. We will be travelling back in time to discover what life was like in the time of Maya. We will be learning about the Maya Gods, routines, games and developments. In science lessons we will be learning about the ‘Forces’. We will be learning about gravity, balanced forces and air resistance. We will be conducting lots of exciting experience to test and measure forces. This half term our RE lessons will focus on Hinduism. Throughout all our work, we will further our Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural understanding through various activities such as P4C.


Our Learning Updates

Science

This week is British Science Week. The theme this year is Exploration and Discovery. On Monday we designed and created parachutes for sky divers. We used a selection of materials to create the chute. The best material to create air resistance was a large plastic sheet with 3 small holes in.
Then we were given 8 challenge cards about Space discovery. Some of the activities were designing shelters or designing a planet and many more.
“I enjoyed making my planet because it linked to my nickname!” exclaimed Dominic.

P4C

In P4C we were discussing things about Steven Hawkins, a great scientist who sadly died this week. He lived for over 50 years than his doctors thought he would. In groups we all created a philosophical questions based on either Science, discovery, Space or Steven Hawkins. The question which won the vote was: which area should scientists focus on the most?
“I thought scientists should work on the area they would like to because it’s what they find interesting.” Explained Keira.

Maths

This week in Mathematics we have been learning about 3D shapes and their nets. We have deconstructed 3D shapes, explained their properties then made our own nets. On Wednesday we conducted an investigation into Euler’s formula.

English

This week in English we started our new subject ...Myths & Legends! On Monday we wrote our own Myth of writing linking to our topic. We had lots of ideas which included: unicorns, dragons, mermaids, lightning and many more. We also watched a short clip called the eye of the storm and created three freeze frames. 

History

This week in history, we started learning about the Ancient Maya. We had a map of the main Mayan countries and we had to find and colour them on a map of Central America. When we had finished this task, we also had to write a tourist attraction leaflet as if people were going to the Mayan countries!

Peer massages

This week we have started learning how to do excellent peer massage. Here are some steps;

1. Ask permission to give them a massage

2. Eyeglasses. Start with the eyeglasses draw two circles on your opponents back do this 3x

3. Cat Grid. Roll round into the cat grip ask if you may put your hand on their fore head and roll up and down just underneath their neck. Lift the muscle behind their neck gently.

4. Baker. Hand on your partners shoulders. Lift the muscle on their shoulder and repeat.

5. Thank you. 

Reminders- World Book Day 1st March. 

Written by Jess, Aniya and Madison.

Ares News Updates

How you can help!

  • PE day is Tuesday afternoon. Please ensure your child has their PE kit in school (clearly labelled) and remove any earrings.
  • Homework is due on a Monday. It is the children’s responsibility to make sure that their homework is completed every week and placed into the homework box on a Monday morning in order for it to be marked. Homework is handed out on Tuesdays.
  • Spelling tests are on a Friday morning.
  • Timetable tests are on Thursday morning.

These websites will help to support your child’s learning:

Spelling & Grammar

BBC KS2 Maths

BBC KS2 Spelling

BBC KS2 History

Home Learning

Phonics fun

Here are some exciting words relating to Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens – can you include these in your writing this week?

whisper, small, damp, alone, love, penniless, poor, dreadful, prison, collapsed, weary, second-hand, worthless, unwanted, wailing, unforgiving

Homework is given out weekly on Tuesday and is due in on Monday. In Literacy, the focus this half term is reading comprehension. Maths homework links to in-class learning to allow the children to consolidate their work. Spellings are tested every week on Friday and children can choose whether to learn ‘Core’, ‘Challenge’ or ‘Extension’ words. The children also have weekly times tables practice which should be evident in homework books.

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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