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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.

We have been busy in Year 5 learning about aspects of childhood in Victorian times. 
We have thought about what it might have been like to work for up to 10 hours a day in a cotton mill or down a coal mine. We have compared the lives of rich and poor children and have realised how much easier it is to be a child today! 

We have written non-chronological reports on aspects of Victorian life and have thought about different ways to introduce and conclude our work. 

In maths we have been learning to choose the most efficient methods for solving addition and subtraction calculations, including mental methods.

This week we have been doing a range of brilliant things in Ares. These are a few of the activities we have been doing.


In English this week we have just went on to the topic of biography, after finishing our old topic writing a diary entry of a boy/girl in a Victorian workhouse. We split the word autobiography into three parts Bio, auto and graph. With those three words we thought of other words that start with those three topics EG; automobile. Edward said “I found it pretty easy because you could find lots for auto and bio.” We also wrote a biography of our partner. 


In Maths this week we have been planning a happy holiday for Mrs Perks. She dreamed that she had won the lottery and had £18, 000 and wants to go on holiday. Our job was to make her holiday memorable and stay in her budget. Some people found a bargain for Mrs Perks (she must have been very happy!) we also went onto a new subject; Adding more than four-digit numbers. Navya said “it was a bit tricky but manageable.” Most people are getting better at it and are growing more confident in the subject. 


In French this week we have learnt how to spell Albert “it was hard to say the word in a French accent” a quote from Druvi. Our French skills are improving by the minute. We have also learnt 2 French finger rhymes. We also watched a cilp of a French book based on my little princess (in French). We watched some French songs to help with our learning skills! Soon after we made some French posters for younger classes. 


In History we have been learning about Victorians. On the first week back to school first we told each other what things the Victorians did. On a different day in the week we made miniature sized Victorian schools. Now we are learning about the workhouse and what jobs they have done. After that we wrote a diary entry as if we were a Victorian child in the workhouse. The jobs for children in the Victorian times was; cotton mill, coal mine carriers, coal mine drawers, bird scarers, scullery maid, coal mine trapper and street children. 

As you can see we have had an amazing week in Ares and I hope you have had a good week like us! Looking forward to the next blog!

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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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