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Welcome to Demeter

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Welcome to Demeter

In Demeter we create an atmosphere of independence and encourage the children to take responsibility for their learning, in preparation for the rest of their school journey.  Miss Gilbert will be the class teacher. Mrs Hay provides learning support throughout the whole week and Mr Palmer teaches PE on a Wednesday morning. 


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In the autumn term, we will be finding out all about ourselves, naming parts of our body and thinking about how we and animals have changed since being babies.  We will be using our new Jigsaw character ‘Jack’ to support our understanding of different feelings and emotions and how they relate to ‘real life’ experiences.

We will have daily phonics to start our morning focusing on using ‘Fred talk’ to read and write words.  In English, we will be reading a number of different books thinking about words that rhyme and retelling the stories that we have read.  We will be working hard on our handwriting and writing sentences using capital letters, finger spaces and full stops. We will be extending our learning by using adjectives for describing characters and settings.  In Maths we will be focusing on the numbers from 0-20 through the exploration of place value and counting activities.


 

Well, the highlight of our week by far was our trip on Tuesday to Pizza Express. We had 30 very excited children and 5 equally excited adults. When we arrived the lady explained to us the importance of hygiene and sent us off to wash our hands. We then put on aprons and a hat, which was numbered to help reunite us with our pizzas at the end. The dough was already in the pan and the lady showed us how to spread our passata around the dough. It was important to spread it all over as it helps to not burn the pizza when cooking. We then sprinkled on the cheese and then they were collected up to cook in the very hot oven. Can you remember how long it takes to cook the pizzas? Whilst they were cooking we had a quiz based on the ingredients, with the children showing some excellent knowledge of how things grow and where they come from. Can you remember where basil comes from? At last our pizzas were ready, labelled and put on the coach for us to enjoy when we got back to school. And boy! Did we enjoy them! If you were lucky enough to have some come home, what did you think? The children really excelled in showing Pizza Express our values with excellent behaviour and manners. The lady complemented us on our behaviour and this made all the adults very proud.



We have enjoyed maths activities this week based around our counting in 5s skills. We had to help Little Red Riding Hood reach Grandmas house using a path only made out of the numbers we use when counting in 5s. Some of the stones had numbers missing and the children were able to use their knowledge and fill them in accurately. To challenge ourselves we are trying to count backwards in 5s as well. We also had an assessment on our place value knowledge. We have included a link to a good website for some games relating to various maths topics with have covered.

On Wednesday afternoon we wrote thank you letters to Pizza Express. The children were very engaged with this and wrote some lovely comments.

On Thursday morning we had an assembly introducing us to All Stars Cricket, and the children had a taster session and enjoyed some games and activities. A leaflet went out yesterday with further information regarding out of school sessions. The children that attended them last year really enjoyed them.

Thank you so much to everyone who contributed to our cake sale by either donating, manning the stall and buying some yummy cakes. We will be selling off the last batch on Friday afternoon during parent consultation.

The children have all had two sheets that detail the phonic sounds learnt along with the picture of the flash card we use to support this. There is also an ‘Alien’ word booklet. This is a good activity to keep the children practising their segmenting and blending. We really want to keep up their hard work over this year and get us ready for the June phonic assessment all children need to take. We would appreciate it if you could continue with the reading over the Easter break, encouraging spotting sounds and fluent reading. Please see some of the websites detailed below for free resources, games and ideas.

All PE kits have been sent home. Please check they are named and the children have shoes that fit correctly. Please, please, please for the girls can you put in a pair of socks.

If for any reason you are unable to make your time slot for parent consultation, please contact the school and let us know as we are running a very tight schedule.

To end we wish you a very restful Easter break (full of reading and phonic practise) and look forward to seeing you all refreshed and recharged on Tuesday 23rd April.


https://fiveminutemum.com/

https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/ icsplay.co.uk/ 

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/5-7-years/counting

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Reminders

  • PE days – Wednesday morning.   Please remove earrings for these lessons.  The children will need either trainers or plimsolls for outdoor PE until the weather changes and then they will need plimsolls for indoor PE until the weather improves in the summer term. Please could the girls ensure that they have a pair of socks in their P.E bags when wearing tights.
  • Homework – due on Mondays with the first homework being given on Tuesday 11th September 2018 which will be due back on Monday 17th September 2018
  • Spellings – tests will take place every Thursday with the first test being on Thursday 20th September 2018.
  • Please have your book bag in school every day and please make sure your keep your planner and reading books in the clear plastic wallet provided.
  • A reminder that the class page is updated weekly on the school website.

Web links to you to use at home with your child

Home Learning

Here are some activities you can do at home:

  • Read every day
  • Practise reading and spelling the year 1 common exception words (these will be provided for you)
  • Practise your spellings for your spelling test
  • Spot the sounds in words, can you find digraphs and trigraphs?
  • Count in 2’s, 5’s and 10’s
  • Learn your number bonds to 10 and 20
  • Practise telling the time
  • Colouring books to improve fine motor skills
  • Ask your child to retell something they did at school
  • Practise using scissors to cut out shapes

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.

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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
Kettering
Northamptonshire
NN15 7RP
Phone : 01536 417627

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