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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.

Dazzling Detectives!

This term we are all going to be 'Dazzling Detectives!' We are going to solve puzzles and find out lots and lots. Our learning will focus mainly on finding out all about ourselves and each other and settling confidently into Iris Class. We will be learning about the daily routines and expectations that we have at school including routines for the toilet, keeping ourselves healthy and safe, routines for lunchtime, sharing resources and going home. We will be looking carefully at ourselves seeing what is the same, and what is different about each of us. We will be learning letter sounds, letter names, putting sounds together to make words and reading words that you just have to know. We will be looking at a new number each week and finding out all about that number. We will be chanting numbers, counting real objects and identifying simple shapes. Detectives have to solve puzzles so we will be using our critical thinking skills in order for us to find out all about ourselves, our families, our friends and our school.

Our Learning Updates

In phonics this week we have been introduced to the sounds ‘y’, ‘qu’, ‘z’ and ‘zz’. We have been using our ‘Fred fingers’ to sound out words, writing the letters on our backs, in the air and on the floor, making sure all of our letters are formed correctly and the right way round. On Tuesday, we made our very own crowns for the ‘qu’ sound in queen – lots of the other adults in school commented on how fantastic we looked! 

Our maths focus this week has continued with the number 5. We have looked at different patterns of 5 using the tens frame, created our own patterns of 5 and shared 5 in different ways. On Tuesday, we shared out some of Santa’s parcels. “I’ve got 5 parcels and I have 2 bags. How many parcels can I put in each bag? How many other ways can I share the parcel?” Also in maths this week we have looking at repeating patterns using shape and colour. We played some repeating pattern games online and created our own patterns using pegboards and pegs. 

Over the next couple of weeks, we will be looking very closely at the Christmas story. Today, we learnt that Christians believe in Christmas and the Bible and that Christmas Day is very important to Christians because it is a time they remember the birth of Jesus. We have watched a video all about Mary and Joseph having their special baby and learnt some new vocabulary to use: Mary, Joseph, Jesus, Bethlehem, shepherds, wise men, star, stable, innkeeper. 

Thank you to everyone for bringing in all of your costumes for our nativity ready for our dress rehearsal tomorrow. The children have been working really hard this week practising their songs and we can’t wait to show you our Christmas Concert next week. We warmly invite you to come along and join us on Tuesday 10th December and Wednesday 11th December at 2pm. 

As the weather gets colder, please remember to send your child in with a named coat, hat, gloves and scarf.

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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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Hall Meadow Primary School

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

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