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Welcome to Ares


My name is Mrs. Perks and I will be teaching Year 5, covering Mrs. Green’s maternity leave. 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 half term we will be learning about "The World of Oliver Twist” discovering what life was like in Victorian times, focussing on how children were treated then and making comparisons with childhood today. As part of our theme we will be visiting the award winning “Black Country Living Museum” which will allow the children to be fully immersed in the story of the world's first industrial landscape with buildings, vehicles, objects and costumed characters for them to interact with and explore.

In art, we will be studying the work of William Morris and creating our own wallpaper design. Our music curriculum will focus on learning the songs from the musical “Oliver Twist and we will use our ICT skills to research and create PowerPoints about key Victorian inventions that have shaped the way we live today. 

The English curriculum this term will focus on Charles Dickens “Oliver Twist”. We will be writing diary entries about the workhouses, compiling a biography about Charles Dicken’s life and creating leaflets about key Victorian Inventions. Alongside this we will be improving our Grammar and Spelling skills with daily Key skills lessons. Maths will be centred around knowledge of number this term, extending our understanding of formal methods of calculation, through problem solving. In Science we will be learning about the Human Body, including digestion, the circulatory system and healthy eating. 

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.

This week in Ares we have been doing a range of things from forming a political party to mastering our expert skills P.E. We have also been doing some challenging maths equations alongside with some long line graphs. Read below to find out all the fantastic things Ares have been doing.

This week in literacy we haven’t been doing the usual activities (writing\planning) we have been doing something peculiar. On Monday Mrs Perks split us up into four political parties VISION, PROGRESS, TOMMOROW and TRANSFORM and asked us to come up with a manifesto (a group of laws we will make if we were elected) for our group. The leaders for the groups were Kellen, Anuli, Isaac and Edward and the most popular law was allocating a least 2 police officers in the street with three groups using it. Later on we wrote a leaflet to persuade the public to vote for our parties. We also learnt some interesting facts on the way for example there are 650 seats in the house of commons and 300 in the house of lords. Benjamin said that he certainly enjoyed this experimental exercise and found it exciting. 

In P.E we have been doing lots of gymnastics. The four things we have been focusing on are balance, co-ordination, agility and control. We have also been doing partner balances and body movement. We have been doing lots of assault courses. Samuel has been challenging himself with lots of crazy movements like a 360 turn on to the mat! 

In maths we have been doing exercises at the start of the day the groups were orange list, green list, purple list and a pink list. Only a few pupils entered the danger of the pink zone Kellen said that it was very difficult. We completed lots of line graphs. Some of the line graphs where challenging and we answered some tricky questions about them. 

MonetIn French we learnt about Claude Monet who was a very famous artist. A man from America offered $40,000,000 for the painting but why? It was because it was the first man to do impressionist art work. We also learnt to do the alphabet. 

It is pronounced ah, bay, say, day, er, eff, shay, ash, ee, shee, car, ell, emm, enn, oh, pay, coo, air, ess, tay, ooo, vay, doobla-vay, ix, ee-grek, zed 

By Kellen and Benjamin


In maths we have been dividing by 10,100,1000. We also have been doing a formal written method to do short multiplication. We found this a bit tricky but we got much better at it. 


On Monday morning, we found alien footprints on the carpet, on the beam, on Mrs Jones desk and the sink. They were around 23cm long and 7cm wide. Eye witnesses said they saw green flashing lights for example Mrs Bell. People felt it and said it stung their hand Sarayu Kotha said she had a red mark on her hand because it stung! We wondered why the aliens might have visited our classroom and wrote a report about the incident. We interviewed a variety of people around school to see if they noticed anything. Samuel Hennessey thinks that Mrs Perks has staged the whole thing. 

Out of this world: 

On Tuesday we learnt about the phases of the moon. The names are Gibbous, Crescent , Full moon and New moon . We learnt about waning and waxing phases. With Mrs Perks we watched an interesting video about phases of the moon. The link if you’re interested www.youtube.com/watch?v=wz01pTvuMa0&safe=active or go to Moon Phases Demonstration National Science Teaching Association. 


First of all we looked at art of Jesus to see different artists perspective of him. After that we wrote sentences next to the picture of Jesus about what he is doing in the picture. On Thursday we watched a miracle about Jesus feeding 5000 people with 2 loaves of small bread two small fish. Then we wrote a newspaper article about the miracle.

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How you can help!

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.

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.


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
NN15 7RP
Phone : 01536 417627

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