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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.


 

We came into a very quiet Demeter Class on Monday as the Chicks have moved to their new home.

This is our last week in ‘Space’....... I wonder where we will be when we return after our Easter break? To help us out if children would like to make shells, seaweed or sea creatures (A4 size no bigger) over the Easter break that would be lovely. We had some brilliant contributions for our space theme.

This week in Maths we have looked at sorting 2D and 3D shapes into Venn Diagrams. We looked closely at the properties, using accurate vocabulary and sorted them into difference categories. We have also practised our days of the week and months of the year.

On Wednesday we enjoyed Global Learning Day. Ms Gilbert brought with her a big bag of sticks. The children were not sure what we would be doing. We spent the first part of the morning exploring ‘When is a stick not a stick?’ What wonderful ideas the children had, turning their sticks into wands, broomsticks, fishing rods, musical instruments, swords, rulers, water bottles etc. We then looked at some optical illusions. What could we see in each picture? Could we see both things or just one? Even Ms Gilbert and Mrs Hay struggled with some of them. What was your favourite? The children then produced some amazing written work when they were just given a picture as stimulus. Very creative and imaginative work. In the afternoon we thought about our values and what mattered to us. Inspired by Henri Matisse we tore paper hearts and wrote what was important to us on them. Using the sticks from the morning we created a natural collage in the shape of a heart.

We look forward to seeing how the children’s sunflowers have grown. Who can grow the tallest one? All the reading books have been taken in and PE kits sent home. Usual reminders about suitable clothing and footwear for outside PE and all items to be named.

Just a reminder that Tuesday 17th April is our parent consultation day. Please check your time slips and we look forward to seeing you then and discussing your child’s progress.

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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