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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. Mrs Mears support and conducts interventions and extension work on Wednesday 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 ‘Extreme Earth”. We will be exploring the different natural disasters which happen on Earth and learn how and why they occur. In Science lessons we will be learning about t ‘Living Things and Their Habitats’. We will be learning about how plants reproduce and grow as well as animal life cycles. We will be conducting lots of exciting experience to deepen our understanding. This half term, our RE lessons will focus on ‘Who’s World is it?’. Throughout all our work, we will further our Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural understanding through various activities such as P4C.


Our Learning Updates

This week in Ares class we had Mrs Renshaw until Thursday afternoon, because our teacher, Mrs Green, went on residential with year 6. This week we experienced lots of tests so our next year teacher knows what to and what not to teach us. We completed SpaG papers; mathematics tests and reading tests.
Philosophy

In Philosophy, we talked about the internet and cyber bulling. We also talked about how it is taking over our lives. We created many juicy questions (questions that aren’t yes or no answers) where we had to answer them using lots of thinking e.g. ‘are mobile phones taking over human society?’ We answered them with reasoning to back them up. We all got into a circle and sat in our chairs and respectfully listened to every one of our classmates opinions. By the end of the lesson, most of us had different opinions, and some of us changed our minds from the start of the lesson

“I thought that social media is taking over human society because people aren’t communicating with each other because they are on devices and social media.” Explained Keira, “Also, even if they are chatting to people on social media, it’s not physically speaking to one and other”.

Design Technology

In design technology (D.T.) , we made some houses(not real ones) that were linked to our topic ‘Extreme Earth’ were we talk about all the natural disasters in the world e.g. landslides; floods; tsunamis; earthquakes; volcanic eruptions; wild fires; avalanches; hurricanes; tornados and droughts. We had to make the houses waterproof, shake proof and wind proof. They also had to have 2 floors and 4 bedrooms. We used materials like cardboard, bubble wrap, cling film, cereal boxes and tape to hold it all together (a lot of it!)

“We used a different variety of recyclable materials to build our houses.” Quoted Lottie, “My group and I experimented with different materials to see which ones were the best. I found it very fun but also quite challenging especially because we only had an hour.”

Art

This week in art we had to draw a picture representing natural disasters e.g. a tsunami, a volcanic eruption, a flood, a tornado or (if you wanted to) an earthquake. We could either use pastels, chalk or colouring pencils. We used a different range of techniques when drawing the pictures such as smudging. We also used a range of colours to give the pictures effect.

“I really enjoyed it because it was calming and also very fun because I really like art and we don’t get to do it often,” said Grace.

This week we have been extremely busy in Ares class! 

In Mathematics we have finished our topic on Geometry by rotating and reflecting shapes into 4 quadrants of coordinate grids. We then revised multiplication strategies.

Within English, we have been learning about stories from other cultures. We have analysed a story about Zahra then described the setting using a range of sentence structures, descriptive techniques and punctuation.

In Science we learnt about the life cycle of non-flowering plants. 

On Thursday we celebrated the Royal Wedding! It was a wonderful event full of smiles, family and cake. Thank you to everyone who donated cakes and came along to celebrate. 

Please could you bring in any recycling over the weekend and early next week for the Ares DT project? We are hoping to create an item linked to our Extreme Earth topic!

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:

Home Learning

  • 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 Tuesday morning.

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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