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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 another adult who teaches us and supports our learning; Mr Palmer takes the class for RE on a Tuesday afternoon and then PE on a Friday afternoon. 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.

Summer Term 1 – Athena digs for victory!

In Athena class this term, we will continue to explore our WW2 topic, focusing in detail on how the rationing of food and other items affected and altered the diet and lives of many British people. As part of this, we will compare a WW2 diet with our own and we will also undertake our own ‘Dig for Victory’ project.  To complete our WW2 topic, we would love to share what we have learnt with you at our street party on Monday 20th May at 2pm. Please join us if you can.

In literacy, we will be exploring non-chronological reports and, as part of this topic, we will be studying a number of texts in detail, including the beautifully illustrated book, Wolves in the Walls.

In science, our focus will be on animals and their habitats; a topic, which complements our literacy work by allowing us to study a range of non-chronological reports.

In maths, we will be starting our topic on measurement and, in R.E.; we will be looking at how belief is expressed through the arts. 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 have had a lovely but tiring week and we are all looking forward to having a rest this weekend.

On Tuesday, we visited the Imperial War Museum at Duxford. In addition to looking at lots of different World War Two planes, we were also able to look inside and outside an actual Anderson shelter. The children were able to appreciate how cramped the shelter was for a family of six and how the earth floor contributed to the cold and damp conditions that many families had to endure during an air raid. 

Whilst we were at Duxford, the children were also fortunate enough to go on board Concorde and we were all amazed by how narrow the plane was both in terms of height and width. Sadly, we decided not fly off to New York that morning but to carry on looking round all the other planes. 

In the American part of the museum, the children loved looking both above and underneath the planes. In some planes, you could even see inside the cockpit and, to the delight of some of the gentlemen in the class, you could also see lots of guns protruding from various parts of the planes. 

During the rest of this week, we have been very busy in math converting hours into minutes and minutes into seconds. During the past couple of days, we have also been using this knowledge to help us solve multi-step word problems. 

In English, we have begun to write our class non-chronological report on peregrine falcons. The children have thought of some fantastic introductory sentences, which we hope will encourage our audience to carry on and read the rest of our report. 

During our inquiry sessions, we have looked at ways in which people and companies from around the world have recycled plastic in innovative ways. We read the text, One plastic bag, which tells the true story of Isatou Ceesay, who made it her mission to clean up her local area and recycle any waste carrier bags by turning them into bags and purses. We have also looked at how the company who make Ribena are recycling plastic material and using it to make new drinks bottles. 

What a busy week!

Welcome back. Hope you all had a lovely and restful spring break.

During our first week back at school, the children have spent time exploring and researching the islands of New Zealand. This country has been chosen as our class country for the forthcoming sports day. 

To help us increase our knowledge, we were fortunate enough to speak to Mrs Hayes son, who is currently staying in New Zealand. He explained that, whilst it was nine o’clock in the morning in Kettering, it was actually eight o’clock in the evening in New Zealand. He was also able to show us that it was dark and raining outside in New Zealand because it is winter there. We then compared it to our lovely summer morning in Kettering. We finished our conversation by wishing him a good evening rather than good morning. 

We have also been learning the haka this week and the children have all transformed themselves into fierce Maori warriors. 

During the week, we also began to look at our inquiry topic for this term, which is plastic pollution. To inspire the children, we have already begun to look at various aspects of plastic pollution so that the children can decide on which area they would like to explore further. 

In maths, we are continuing to develop our skills in telling the time and we are currently learning to convert digital times to analogue times. 

Finally, in science, the children learnt all about endangered species as part of our ‘living animals and habitats’ topic. This lesson linked well with our plastic pollution enquiry as it has encouraged the children to think about how changes to the environment are affecting the natural world and wildlife. 

Mrs Sanderson would also like to take this opportunity to thank you all for the supply of cakes and to thank the family, friends and carers of year four children for taking the time to attend our joint VE party before half term. We really hope that you enjoyed the afternoon as much as we did.

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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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