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Mrs. Perks will be teaching Year 5 this year. In Ares we will continue to develop our collaborative learning skills, where our class will be encouraged to apply the values of Respect, Responsibility and Reflection in all we do.

Our Learning Updates 

This term we will be learning about "The Amazing Aztecs” discovering what life was like in the country we now know as Mexico, focussing on how the beliefs of the Aztec civilisation shaped every area of their lives and inspired their distinctive designs. As part of our theme we will be visiting the award winning “Cadbury World” which will allow the children to be fully immersed in the story of the Aztecs and their discovery of chocolate!

In art, we will be studying the designs of the Aztec world. Our music curriculum will focus on rhythm, taking part in Samba drumming and we will use our ICT skills to research and create PowerPoints about aspects of everyday life for the Aztecs. 

The English curriculum this term will focus on formal standard English and writing to persuade and inform. We will be writing letters and leaflets. 

Maths will be centred around formal methods of calculation, and understanding fractions. In Science we will be learning about materials and making changes by mixing them together. 

Our PE sessions will be on Thursday and Friday, but PE kit may also be needed on other days so please keep it at school. Year 5 will be given weekly homework that is set on a Friday and handed back in for marking by the following Thursday. This consists of an English or topic task and a Maths task based on the learning in class that week. The children will also be given weekly spellings to learn, which will be tested on a Friday.

 


In Ares class we have had an exiting week so far by working our brains hard with tricky maths and drafting letters, not forgetting our exercise and even winning class of the week in [P.E]. Read on to find out about the rest of our exciting week! 

Maths 

In maths this week we have been mostly focusing on fractions. We ordered and compared fractions. We also have to keep the denominators, (the bottom number of a fraction) a multiple of the same number. 

On Thursday we had to memorise this in our heads; the numerator is the number of parts we have and the denominator is the number parts the whole is divided into. 

Example: ¼ =1 part of a whole one which has been divided into 4 equal parts. We also learnt that equivalent means equals. 

FRENCH 

In French this week we were learning about the days of the week [ in French]. Such as; lundi, mardi, mecredi, jeudi, vendredi, samedi and dimanche. 

Soon after we learnt that C’est…= it is and Aujourd’hui…. C’est= Today it is 

Example: Aujourd C’est…lundi 

As you are wondering the French language you don’t need to put capital letters for the days of the week as we. 

Physical Education 

In P.E [physical education] this week we have been mostly focusing on the topic multi-skills so far over the term we have done some dancing, boccia, Dodgeball, bench ball and curling. And we take pride by winning the class of the week trophy! 

English 

In English this week, we have been drafting our letters to the local animal shelter. We are going to let them know that we are hoping to receive a visit from them as one of our pledges. Also, we hope to find a class pet, using our cake sale money. 

We planned our letter into an introduction and 4 paragraphs. We did a draft where we wrote our letter and then on Friday we edited and made it perfect. Next week we hope to write it up in best and send it to the animal shelter. 

Aztecs 

In Geography this week we have been learning about volcanoes that just recently been erupted. Our lovely teacher Mrs Perks allowed us have a bit of fun by doing a bit of an experiment with the water tap! 

We also learnt about what happens inside a volcano when it erupts and this experiment resulted in getting a bit wet! This was to show the pressure built up and to show the volcano eventually erupted. Of course, this is a tap and the water sprayed on quite a few of the children. 

by Amy and Druvi

English

In English, this week we have been doing putting apostrophes in sentences and correcting the sentences. We have also been planning and writing portal stories. We have been reading and getting ideas from Shaun Tan’s story called no other country. It is about a family who run out of money and think that their house is bad and then they find a secret room in their house and it changes their point of view. 

French 

In French we have been looking at French culture and had a look at the famous underground the metro. We also had a look at a book about a wolf who helped us learn about the names of clothes. We have been drawing the clothes as well to go with the book. We also drew the famous road which was very long. We learnt about the meaning of the word fourmi. 

MATHS 

In Maths we have been learning about mixed numbers, improper fractions, equivalent fractions and turning mixed numbers into improper fractions. When we did the equivalent fractions, we drew shapes and shaded in the gaps.

Aztecs 

When we did Aztecs, we looked at the timeline, patterns, maps, masks and posters/plays/PowerPoint. we also made Aztec calendars which had a series of pictures and numbers. we had a lot of fun doing this subject.

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ARJUN AND CHARLEY

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How you can help!

Please continue to support your child by encouraging them to read widely and frequently. They should also be discussing their reading with an adult on a regular basis. They will be entered into a weekly reading lottery if they have read at least 3 times /week and have recorded it in their link diaries.

Ensuring that your child is fluent with their multiplication tables is also incredibly beneficial for them. There are lots of ways that these facts can be practiced; chanting, singing, games, apps, web sites or simply writing them out.

Home Learning

Please continue to support your child by encouraging them to read widely and frequently. They should also be discussing their reading with an adult on a regular basis. 

Ensuring that your child is fluent with their multiplication tables is also incredibly beneficial for them. There are lots of ways that these facts can be practiced; chanting, singing, games, apps, web sites or simply writing them out.

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
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