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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.


 

Welcome back and a Happy New Year. We hope that everyone had a good break and, like us, is looking forward to a fun filled term.  

We started our new theme of "The Rainforest" by watching an extract from David Attenborough's Planet Earth 2. This helped us to very quickly feel like we in the rainforest with the wide variety of animals and plants.  

This week we also began our new guided reading book, The journey to the River Sea by Eva Ibbotson. We have read the first chapter and we have been introduced to the main character. 
"The story is engaging and makes me feel like I am there." Jenessa 
"The story seems very powerful. I am hoping that Maia gets to Brazil safely and enjoys it there. " Oliver P 
"My first impressions of the story are good ones because I have read a number of books where it is boring at the start but this is exciting because the main things are already happening. Emily. 

In mathematics, we have begun a unit of work on multiplication and division. This unit will start with multiplication and division facts that we can recall with speed and accuracy and will move onto more formal written methods.

Athena class have been very busy over the last few weeks.

To finish our RE topic on Hinduism we had the opportunity to make divas from clay and to make and cook samosas. The samosas were delicious and definitely filled us up!

We are continuing our Roman topic and have looked at Roman roads and at their gods and goddesses.

On the 6th November we all took part in the final day of the ‘Beat the Street’ challenge. We all had a fantastic time and our pulse rates were raised as we strode between the boxes.

In mathematics, we have been using formal column method to add or subtract two 4-digit numbers. In order to understand what we are ‘carrying’ in addition or ‘borrowing’ in subtraction we have used place value grids and counters to show how we can exchange (the vocabulary that we are using) ones for tens, tens for hundred etc. Lots of us have become confident with these methods and are applying our skills to word problems and problem solving situations.

Please find below a webpage that contains an online multiplication test similar to the governments checker.  https://urbrainy.com/mtc/test

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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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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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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
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