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Welcome to Ares


A warm welcome to the Ares Class web page! I am Mrs Packer and I am now the class teacher in Year 5 while Mrs Green is on Maternity leave. Mr Palmer will be teaching Ares class PE on Thursday afternoons. 

Our Learning Updates 

Returning to school after half term we had a very busy and exciting ‘Under the Sea’ themed week. We auditioned for the role of David Attenborough after researching creatures of the oceans and creating our own newly discovered creature to introduce to the world. We also recorded sea temperatures on line graphs and learnt some fantastic facts about the world’s oceans. 

Our theme this half term is Journeys. We will be exploring the journeys taken by major rivers around the world; the impact they have on our lives and how we too impact rivers by our behaviours. Within English we will be analysing the features of persuasive writing; drafting and improving our own letters and designing posters that focus on looking after the world. Our Maths focus is fractions, decimals and percentages while we will continue to work on the key skills. In Science we will be learning about Living Things. This week we have focused on the life cycle of plants including naming the parts of a flower. We have also started some very careful observational drawing of daffodils ready for the School Art Exhibition. 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. 

This Half Term Ares will continue taking part in a 10 week Brass Project where every child is learning to play a brass instrument. We are now nearly at the end of the project and will soon be performing as a Brass Band. Keep a look out for the date of the show.

This week in Ares we continued our persuasive theme but this time we have been composing and performing our own raps. Some of us have created our own beat box sounds or included a sung chorus with a rap verse to get across the serious problem of pollution around the world. 

We have also started looking at the work of the artist Hokusai and his famous picture, 'The Great Wave' which has now been reproduced in so many ways. 

In science we have continued learning about the life cycles to include insects and amphibians. 

Of course we mustn't forget our very special Tuesday afternoon when we performed to the school and our guests in Assembly with our very own brass band orchestra. After ten weeks we 'aced' it and even played an encore. A big thank you to everyone who helped and a thank you for our enthusiastic audience!

This week we have been writing a newspaper article about an animal that has been discovered. We used the key features to write an effective report that would hook the reader into finding out about the strange new creatures. 

In Mathematics, we have continued to learn about angles. This week the focus was on finding the missing angles from shapes. We learnt about interior and exterior angles. On Friday we solved a problem using a protractor. Next week we will be learning about the lines of symmetry within shapes.

The Science focus this week was the properties of materials. On our table was a box of different materials, we conducted an experiment to find the different properties of them. Once we had finished, we explored why different materials are better for different purposes based on their properties.

Within RE we were learning about the similarities and differences between the Islamic creation story and the Judeo- Christian creation story. We noticed that the world was created in days.

This week in the exciting brass project we learnt two different notes to play on our instruments- C and D. Can you hear the difference if I play them?   

Reminders -

  • Please ensure that children have a water bottle that is named for the classroom.
  • Brass Projects lessons are on Wednesday’s- please ensure instruments are in ready for the lesson
  • Homework is handed in on Wednesdays.
  • Please read at home regularly.
  • Friday 1st February- Class Photos
  • Monday 4th February- Ares Class Assembly at 3pm.
  • Thursday 14th February- Come and Read
  • Friday 15th February- Non- Uniform day- Green Theme

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How you can help!

Year 5 are given weekly homework that is set on a Thursday and handed back in for marking on the following Wednesday. This consists of an English activity and a Maths activity. The children are also given weekly spellings to learn, which are tested on a Friday. The mental maths test focusing on times tables will be twice a week. Reading a vital skill, please ensure you are listening to your child read and reading to them on a regular basis.  

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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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