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Welcome to Athena


My name 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 Pallet teaches on a Thursday morning. For the next two terms, Athena is also very fortunate to have Mr Forsyth, who will be working alongside Mrs Sanderson as a partner teacher.

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

This term, we are finding out about the United Kingdom. We will be learning all about the four countries that make up the UK, along with their capital cities, flags and human and physical features. To complement this topic, we will be creating a large map of the United Kingdom that will be updated weekly with the new information we have learnt.  

Our art work is focusing on surrealism and we will be exploring the work and lives of different surrealist artists, in particular Salvador Dali, who was an influential figure in the surrealist movement. Using the skills and knowledge we have developed, we will be producing a piece of surrealist artwork using a range of different medium.  

 In RE, we will begin to find out about Jesus and Christianity and why he is significant to people within the Christian faith.

Our focus in Maths will continue to be on multiplication and division using written methods for both functions. Any practice you can do at home to support this would be very helpful.

We will be exploring a fantastic range of texts this term to see how authors use and apply the different skills we will be discovering in our literacy sessions. 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.

Athena class are definitely ready for their half term break. They have worked so hard this year and Mrs Sanderson and Mr Forsyth are very proud of everything they have achieved over the past six weeks. 

In English, we have independently written and published a poem, and Mrs Sanderson is really looking forward to reading them all next week. 

In maths, we are continuing to work on developing our understanding of fractions and decimals. The children have been measuring different parts of their bodies and then dividing the answer by 10 and 100. 

In science, we have carried on making our musical instruments from household recycling such as cartons and bottles. With the additional resources of rubber bands, paperclips and tape, the children have made a wide range of different instruments that all produce different sounds. The children have really enjoyed this activity and have produced some very creative work. 

In P.E., the children were encouraged to work as part of a team to solve different problems. For example, one team had to work out how to turn a blanket over whilst everyone was on it. Another team had to work out how to lead their blindfolded team-mate safely through a floor maze. This P.E. session encouraged the children to work together and communicate whilst also demonstrating the importance of giving specific instructions. The children had a fantastic time and worked really well together. 

Finally, the children have decided that the money raised from the cake sale will be spent on a range of fiction and non-fiction books, stationary such as gel pens etc and games for wet play. These should arrive in time for next term for Athena class to enjoy. 

Have a lovely and safe half term.

We have had a really productive week in Athena. 

In English, we have been writing a poem to describe an image of a dark, foggy road lined by bare trees. In the distance is a figure.... or is it! The children have created some really imaginative work and they have also performed their poems in a very expressive way. 

In maths, we have begun our topic on fractions and we have been learning about numerators and denominators. We have also started to link fractions to decimals. 

We had a super lesson in science this week. The children have started building their own musical instruments using recycled packaging. Although the instruments are still a work in progress, they are already looking fabulous and we can’t wait to try them out when they are finished. 

In geography, we have learnt all about the development of London as the capital city of England and the United Kingdom whilst, in R.E., we learnt how to locate passages within the Bible.

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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'.


Contact the School Office

Hall Meadow Primary School

Packer Road
Lake Avenue
NN15 7RP
Phone : 01536 417627

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