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Welcome to Iris

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Welcome to Iris Class and thank you for being part of the children’s learning journey as they begin their time at Hall Meadow. Mrs Dickens is the Iris Class Teacher and Mrs Coles, is a Higher Level Learning Support Assistant working alongside Mrs Dickens. We are also really lucky to have additional adults in Iris Class during the week including our Sports Coach and Learning Support Assistants. In Iris Class we follow the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum which is fun, creative and has lots of cross-curricular links.

We integrate the Massage in Schools program into our day and think carefully about how to have a healthy body and a healthy mind. We work really hard to increase independence skills including developing a really positive approach towards our learning. Whilst in the first year at school we aim to equip the children with the skills, attitudes and positive approach to learning that they will need to be effective learners for the rest of their time at school and ultimately for the rest of their lives.

We look forward to working together with you during the year.

Shine Bright!

Our theme for the second Spring term is ‘Shine Bright.’ Our learning will focus mainly on light; sources of light, where we get from, lights from the past and how they are different to the lights we see today, how light can be changed, how light is made and also, thinking about our feelings, how the lack of light, or dark, can make us feel. We will also incorporate colour mixing and shades of colour including how to make the colours darker and lighter. We will also be thinking about shadows and the Sun; let’s hope we get some sunny days! We will be investigating maps, globes and atlases and seeing if we can make our own imaginary and real maps. We will continue to build on our bank of new sounds and ‘tricky’ words that we can read so we have lots more in our toolkit. A big focus for next term is writing and how we hold our bodies when we are writing. Writing all kinds of things including writing our letter shapes correctly, writing sounds accurately, stories, instructions, a recount plus simple phonic captions and sentences. In Maths, we will be continuing to look at concepts of number to 10. We will record our addition and subtraction calculations and equations using pictures and symbols initially, and then also with numbers. We will be using directional and positional language to explain where things are and following verbal instructions using this vocabulary. We will be naming and describing 3D shapes such as sphere, cuboid, cylinder and using mathematical vocabulary to describe them. 

Please remember to read your child’s high frequency words and reading books as often as you can and record this in their planners. Those children who read regularly at home make the most progress and feel most positive about their reading. You only get better at reading by reading!

Our Learning Updates

The children had an amazing day earlier this week when they took part in an African Art Day and learnt all about Bogolanfini. It is a unique method of patterning fabric using a special kind of mud and solution. A similar, western batik process uses pre-dyed cotton or wax. The children really enjoyed the process and the visiting adult said that they were all outstanding! 

We've learnt the sound 'oi' this week and worked really hard to use when we were writing words and sentences. Elmer, was our lead text this week and the children have found out all about 'patchwork' and patterns and also about animals that live in the jungle. They have created lots of their very own Elmers using a variety of resources. 

In maths, we have been using the bar method to visually see the two parts of 9. The children were great at seeing the two parts using the different coloured unifix cubes and lots of us were able to record our ideas of part, part whole using pictures and numerals. 

It was great to see so many sporty children at school today. Thank you for the donations; they will be sent straight to the Sports Relief charity. 

We have been talking lots about the importance of washing our hands with soap again this week and also about drying them properly, and not down your trousers. 

A reminder that next Friday, March 20th, we are encouraging the children to wear odd socks to raise awareness of Down Syndrome. Many thanks.

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Home Learning

At the beginning of each new term the children will receive a booklet of home learning tasks and activities for them to complete and work on each week. The most important part of home learning is to talk with your child, read to, and with your child, every day and record this in their School Planners and allow them to think for themselves and develop their independence skills. After Christmas, as the children become developmentally ready, they will each have a small number of simple words to learn to spell each week.

How you can help!

Help to develop questioning skills and encouraging the children to record their own independent learning would really help the children.

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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