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We hope you enjoyed our assembly and looking at a little snapshot of our very busy week. Thank you to so many of you who attended and well done to all the children. Some were a little nervous but everyone did us proud. 

Continuing our theme ‘Up, up and away’ this week we have had lots of fun. Nearly all of us have completed our hot air balloon models as demonstrated in our assembly. All children will bring these home just before half term. We are keeping them in class for the time being to act as a stimulus for the children and their learning. We were introduced to spaceman Bob today, after sending him an email with all our questions on Tuesday. We are looking forward to Bob helping us with all aspects of our learning. 

In science we conducted an experiment to see if we could replicate how a hot air balloon works. We carefully poured some hot water in a jug with a glass bottle inside. The bottle had a balloon attached to the neck and we made predictions of what we thought would happen. As soon as the hot water was poured the balloon started to lift itself up. Can the children explain to you why it did this? 

We have continued our place value journey this week. The children have been working using ‘sticks’ (representing tens), and ‘bricks’ (representing ones (or units as some will know)). We have been able to show two digit numbers in this format. Get your child to show you. Give them a two digit number and ask them to show you using sticks and bricks method. 

We still have a few children that have school library books outstanding. They are aware of this so we would appreciate it if you could help locate the books so they can be returned. The children have been able to take out new ones in the mean time. 

All children who have not accessed Phonics Hero at home have been given a chance to take the assessment and have a go playing the games and taking steps towards rescuing the trapped superhero. In the parent section you should be able to see a reporting tab and this enables you to see your child’s progress. Any recorded number in red means that they are not secure and if possible could you direct them to go back over this area until it becomes orange or even green. Mrs Hay is also able to monitor this in school.  

We have noticed a few larger keyrings being added to book bags. This makes it very difficult for bags to go safely in drawers, and the children have a habit of hanging them outside the drawer, which makes it a trip hazard if the handle is sticking out also.  

Show and tell continues to be about books and reading. We are focusing on characters and what adjectives could be used. One suggestion could be to draw a picture of their favourite and label it, or children may wish to describe a character verbally and we have to try and guess from their words. Again we would really appreciate it if everyone could record reading at home......we are aiming for at least 3 home reads over the week.  

All the guided reading books for each group will change next week. It has helped by keeping these books the same for a few weeks as the children have become more fluent, confident and can see there are more aspects to reading than just the words itself. Comprehension, phonic sounds, sight reading tricky words and other interactions with the books has been really helpful for them.

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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.

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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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