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Welcome to Demeter

demeterIn 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. In Demeter we have two teachers, Mrs Powell and Miss Gilbert, we work very closely together to ensure consistency across the week. Mrs Powell will be in class on a Monday, Tuesday and Thursday morning as well as a Thursday afternoon. Miss Gilbert will be in class all day on a Monday, Tuesday afternoon, all day on a Wednesday and Friday afternoon. Mrs Hay provides learning support throughout the whole week and Mr Palmer teaches PE on a Friday morning.


Our Learning Updates

Demeter are the first year of Key Stage 1 and across the year will continue to develop their independence as they become more responsible for their learning.

Space!

Leading up until Easter, our main theme will be Space! We will be creating lots of different writing linked to our theme of space as well as finding out about a famous astronaut that went into space. In Science we will be finding out about what plants need to grow and carry out a range of investigations to test this knowledge. In Art we will be focusing on collage and thinking about the artist Matisse. Our Maths work will continue to develop our mental maths and build on many of the strategies that we have already learnt this year. We will also be finding out how to divide numbers as well as learning about fractions, position and direction. We will be thinking about how our timetables really help us with lots of areas of learning.

Daily phonics will continue with a focus on using ‘Fred talk’ to read and write words as well as how we can spot all the digraphs, tri-graphs and split digraphs that we have learnt this year in preparation for the phonics screening in June.


 

This week in literacy we have been studying the Little Green Dinosaur text. First we created story maps to help us to remember the story. Then we went on to write lots of sentences about the story, focusing on making sure that we had used capital letters, finger spaces and accurate punctuation. Also it was important to check that all our sentences made sense! Some of us went on to edit and improve our work by using a range of interesting openers, conjunctions and adjectives. To help us further learn the story we worked collaboratively to rehearse and perform the story. I look forward to seeing lots of the children’s names in lights. 

In maths we spent the week exploring measurement. We have used rulers and metre sticks to measure how tall and how long things in our classroom are. We also used balance scales to find out which objects were heavier and lighter than others. We tried really hard to put all this information into a table. Finally we investigated the capacity of various containers, using water to measure in millilitres and litres 

During our inquiry lessons we continued to focus on dinosaurs, looking at the size of dinosaurs and the size of their footprints. See if your child can remember what the largest and the smallest dinosaurs were. We faced a jigsaw puzzle challenge when we tried to piece together a life-sized Triceratops footprint. Then it all got a little bit ‘cheesy’ when we measured and cut around our own feet to predict and record how many footprints would fit inside the Triceratops footprint. We poured in the final layer of jelly to finish our Demeter jelly fossil experiment. It’s looking good with 6 layers! We would love to see any pictures of your children trying this at home. 

Could all school libraries books be returned to school as soon as possible to be taken in. The children will not have another one now until we return in September 

All of the free choice and guided reading books will be taken in next week as we need to make sure all the sets are there for the new classes. Please continue to read with your child and record in your home link diaries. Maybe try something different? Take a trip to the library, read a comic or a newspaper report? Or even instructions of how to make a cake or cookies? 

Show and tell this week will be all about our favourite memories of Demeter Class.

How you can help!

Reminders

  • PE day – Friday morning. Please remove earrings for these lessons and make sure girls have socks in their PE for when they are wearing tights at school.
  • Homework – due on Mondays
  • Spellings – tested on Thursday
  • Please have your book bag in school every day with all your books in your folder.

Web links to you to use at home with your child

Home Learning

Activities you can do at home

  • Read every day
  • Practise your high frequency words/common exception words
  • Practise your spellings
  • 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

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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Contact the School Office

Hall Meadow Primary School

Packer Road
Lake Avenue
Kettering
Northamptonshire
NN15 7RP
Phone : 01536 417627

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