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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.


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.


We started off our week by showing off to Mrs Powell how well we know our phonics. Everyone got a dojo for all their hard work. Thank you for all your hard work as well supporting us with this.

Our text this week has been Tom and the Dinosaurs. We have written our own stories based on the rescue mission Tom went on. We have also written a newspaper report to tell everyone the exciting story.

In maths we have again been revisiting previous topics with directional and positional language and solving systematic maths problems.

Jigsaw Jack has been helping us to look at changes that happen as humans and animals. We looked at the life cycle of a frog and how it changes from frogspawn to a frog. Please could the children bring to school a photo of them as a baby to look at in school on Monday 18th June.

As part of our dinosaur project we have looked at the work of a Palaeontologist and created our own fossil, demonstrating the different layers of rock using jelly and sweets (Mrs Hay is trying very hard not to eat the sweets!). We will show you our creation next week. There is a photo of an example if the children would like to try this at home. We had a very artistic afternoon today making dinosaur skeleton pictures using cotton buds.

Eli brought some photos to show us of his bean plant that is looking extremely healthy and has grown some beans. We would love to see any more photos of the children's plants.

Homework this week was very interesting with a variety of topics for inquiry. Ms Gilbert and Mrs Hay look forward to learning lots of things from the wide range covered. The maths choice has shown that the children have enjoyed estimating how long things take and calculating costs at the shops. Luke’s homework is shown in the photos as it shows his journey to the shops and working out the cost of things and what money he needs. Great work Luke.

Some children doubted Mrs Hay's ability to cover up this weeks spelling words in the classroom. Little did they know Mrs Hay was super speedy and had this in hand before the children entered the classroom mwahahahahahaha!!

Show and tell next week is we would like the children to tell us about their favourite book character, can they describe them and tell us why they like them.

We have had a new member of Demeter. On Monday we welcomed Paulina, who has settled in wonderfully and made lots of new friends.

We wish the children in Demeter who will be celebrating Eid a lovely time and thank them for their lovely gifts to us.

The children have taken their PE kits home with them tonight. They need to come to school wearing their PE kit and other suitable clothing in the morning ready for sports day in the afternoon. Please remember sun cream and hats and remember to return the PE kits to school the following week.

How you can help!


  • 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.


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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