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Welcome to Athena

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This year you will find Mrs Mehta in Athena Class on Monday and Ms Pallett from Tuesday to Friday. 
In Athena we will aim to continue the children's journey into independence and self-motivation. This year, we will be focusing on our three R's (Respect, Responsibility and Reflection) and these will be interwoven into all we do. We will also be revisiting our code of conduct.


Our topic this term is called 'The Rainforest'. This geography unit will introduce children to rainforests around the world. They will learn what they are, where they are, what they contain and who lives there. We will compare a British forest with the Amazon rainforest, and begin to explore some of the conservation issues surrounding the destruction of rainforest habitats. Wherever possible, we will link our music, design technology, art and computing to the topic too. 

In English, to link in with our theme, we will be reading, “Journey to the River Sea” by Eva Ibbotson. This novel is set in the wilderness of Brazil and is filled with mystery and exciting characters. It is 1910 and Maia, tragically orphaned at thirteen, has been sent from England to start a new life with distant relatives in Manaus, hundreds of miles up the Amazon. 

Our science will focus on living things and their habitats.


 

Athena class had a thoroughly enjoyable World Book Day! A big thank you to everyone for their support - the children looked amazing as explorers and various animals.  

We started the day with a 'Secret Reader'. The children had a choice of various books from 'Who let the Gods out' to 'The Cat in the Hat' to 'Leon and the place between' but did not know who was going to be reading which book! 

Following this, Athena class set about investigating and reading 'The Great Kapok Tree'. We became the animals in the story who try desperately to stop the human cutting down their beloved tree. We also used the book as inspiration for making our own board games which we got try out.  

In maths this week we begun to look at fractions and building on our knowledge from last year. We will be continuing fractions next week thinking about equivalent fractions and the concept of improper fractions. 

Continuing our rainforest theme, in geography this week we compared Sherwood Forest with the Amazon rainforest. We discovered that there were some similarities especially the importance of the ecology of both.

This week we have been looking at the amazing animals that live in the rainforests. We looked at the different layers of the rainforest and considered what features an animal would need to have to live in each one. 

This linked well with our science as we were sorting animals into groups using different criteria and Venn diagrams or Carroll diagrams to display our results. We learnt some fascinating facts about which animals lay eggs and which give birth to live young. Do you know which mammals lay eggs? 

In mathematics, we were learning about area and used the strategy of counting the squares that were covered to find the area.  

Our PE this term will focus on striking and fielding games and we began the unit by playing boccia. Boccia is similar to bowls and is a game that is accessible to a wide range of people.

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How you can help!

Homework will be handed in on a Tuesday and usually marked and sent back on the Wednesday.

Spellings will be given out at the beginning of a half term and tested each Friday. 

Please can the children make sure that they have their reading books in their bag every day. Your child will have an independent reading book closely matched to their independent reading level but they are also able to choose a library book or a free choice book from school or bring in a book from home.

 

Home Learning

MyMaths - lots of maths games and homework activities. 

Squeebles - maths app (ipad)

Maths Frame - multiplication games

Homework Help - Rainforests

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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.

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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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