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Welcome to Athena


Welcome to Athena class! 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 who teach us and support our learning; Ms Pallet takes the class every Thursday morning for maths and English whilst Mr Palmer takes the class every Friday afternoon for P.E.

Athena is in the second year of Key stage 2 and across the year will continue to develop their independence, self direction and approach to learning.

Our Learning Updates

Our Ancient Egyptian topic continues this term; we will be focusing on Gods and Goddesses and looking at the importance of the Nile to Egypt. Following this we will explore the geography of the country and find where Egypt is located. Then, we will be investigating different parts of the world and developing our map skills and knowledge of countries and continents. In Science, we will be investigating electricity and constructing simple series electrical circuits. In R.E., we will begin to look at the church year in Christianity and what happens around the world as Advent and Christmas approaches. 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.

We have had a very industrious week in Athena.

In English, we have been writing a pen-pal letter to Fern (one of the main characters in Charlotte’s Web). We have organised our writing into paragraphs and have included an introduction as well as a conclusion. We have also written an envelope and applied a stamp and an air mail sticker to make it look as authentic as possible.

In maths, we have learnt the chunking method to help us solve division problems. This method can also be used to help us to find the answers to torture table division questions.

In science, we designed and built our own switches, which we tested using a complete circuit. We experienced varying levels of success, and we came to the conclusion that switches are essential items and that building a reliable switch was far more difficult that we thought.

In R.E., we learnt all about the Christmas story and we spent the rest of the session updating our Christian calendar with a beautiful picture.

Finally, in D.T., we designed two healthy muffins that could be eaten as part of a balanced breakfast. We have selected one of the two designs and we will be making our chosen design next week.

We have had a great week in Athena.

In English, we have been learning all about paragraphs and how important they are in different types of writing. Next week, we are planning to write a letter to Fern (who is one of the main characters in Charlotte’s Web) telling her all about our favourite pets. This letter will include a series of paragraphs, which will help us to organise our writing and aid the reader’s understanding of the topic we are discussing.

In maths, we have been practising and developing our knowledge of the grid method to solve multiplication problems. We used this method on Friday to help answer questions in our torture tables test and found it to be very useful.

In science, we are continuing to build circuits but, this time, we included switches as well as bulbs. Instead of a lamp, some children extended their investigation further by using a switch to control the power to a motor. Next week, we are planning to undertake a second science investigation involving home-made switches.

Finally, we had a fantastic time during our D.T. lesson. In preparation for when we make our healthy breakfast muffins, we undertook a food tasting session where we tried all different types of fruits and seeds. The children were fantastic during this session because they all tried foods that they were unsure of. The next stage of our project involves designing our muffins and investigating which two ingredients go well together in terms of taste.

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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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