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Welcome to Athena


My name is Mrs Sanderson and I teach the Year 4 class at Hall Meadow. Athena class is also very lucky to have other adults that teach us and support our learning; Mr Palmer takes the class for PE on a Friday afternoon and Ms Pallett teaches on a Thursday morning. Athena class are in the second year of Key stage 2 and, across the year, will continue to develop their independence and approach to learning.

Spring Term – Time travel into the past!

This term, we will be finding out all about Word War Two. We will learn about why and when World War Two began and about the key individuals and countries involved. We will discover what it was like for people on the home front and how they contributed to the war effort. We will also be learning about the roles and responsibilities of the men and women who served in the British armed forces and explore the significance of the Battle of Britain. 

The topic of World War Two will also feature in our D.T. sessions where we will be researching the role of the Anderson air raid shelter in keeping people safe during bombing raids. We will be designing and building our own small scale air raid shelter using empty household packaging.      

In R.E., we will continue to learn out about Jesus and Christianity and why he is significant to people within the Christian faith. We will also be looking at the Bible’s role as a sacred religious text and how it is used by Christians around the world.

Our focus in Maths this term will be on fractions and decimals. Any practice you can do at home to support and develop the children’s knowledge of multiplication and division would be helpful and greatly appreciated.

In English, we will be looking at newspaper reports and we will be developing our existing skills by writing for a specific purpose and for a particular audience. We will be putting ourselves in the shoes of a World War Two journalist and writing about the impact of key historical events that took place during the conflict.

Throughout all of our work we will make links to Life in Modern Britain and continue to further our Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural understanding through reflections and activities such as P4C.

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Thanks in advance for all your help. It is greatly appreciated.

We have had another busy week in Athena!

In English, we have transformed ourselves into a 1940’s journalist and we have been busy writing a newspaper report about Kettering’s first ever bombing raid. The children have been working really hard and the results so far have been fabulous. 

In maths, we have finished learning how to find the fraction of an amount, and we are now learning all about equivalent fractions. 

In science, we conducted a very tempting experiment investigating the melting point of chocolate. The children were very restrained as the chocolate smelt lovely. However, we learnt that the melting point of chocolate was approximately 30°C, which was more than we predicted. 

In history, we learnt all about the armed forces and, in particular, the kit worn by a World War Two soldier. We also listened to an interview with a World War Two veteran about his experiences as a young soldier and we all tried to think of a question that we could ask this gentleman about his time in the army.

What a lovely week we have had in Athena!

In maths, we have been continuing our work on fractions and decimals and we have been using our knowledge to solve problems involving money and measure. 

In English, we listened to the haunting sounds of the air raid siren and, through drama; we put ourselves in the shoes of a World War Two child so that we could try to understand how they might have felt during this time. We will use this experience next week to help us write a newspaper article reporting on an air raid. 

In science, we developed our knowledge of gases by conducting an investigation to explore the weights of gases in various carbonated drinks. We concluded that lemonade and lime was the best drink to purchase for a party because it lost the least amount of gas and, therefore, remained fizzier for longer.

In history, we learnt all about the home front and war effort, and the children were introduced to the concepts of ‘make do and mend’, ‘making your rations go further’ and ‘recycling’. The children’s knowledge of World War Two has been fantastic. Mrs Sanderson has been very impressed

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How you can help!

Year 4 are given weekly homework that is set on a Thursday and handed back in for marking on a Monday. This consists of an English activity and a Maths activity. The children are also given weekly spellings to learn which are tested on a Thursday. Throughout the year the type of work that they will be set will varying with each half term having a slightly different focus.


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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