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Welcome to Iris

Tails and Tales

Welcome to Iris Class and thank you for being part of the children’s journey as they begin their time at Hall Meadow. Mrs Dickens is the Class Teacher in the Reception Class and Mrs Coles, who is a Higher Level Learning Support Assistant, will be working alongside. We are also really lucky to have additional adults in Iris class during the week including Mr Palmer, our Sports Coach, Miss Fiona Wills, our Partner Teacher, Mrs Watson and Mrs Davidson, both 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 our 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.

Tails and Tales

In Iris Class our theme for this term is ‘Tails and Tales.’ We will be looking at some of the traditional story tales e.g. Jack and the Beanstalk, as well as investigating the tails found on insects, mini-beasts and other animals. We will be describing, sorting and naming them, as well as, finding out about the life-cycles of the different animals and insects. Hopefully we will have our own caterpillars to observe, seeing how they grow and change. In Maths, we will be looking at the numbers from 11-20 and learning all about each of the individual quantities. We will be counting on and back for addition and subtraction, trying hard to remember whether the answer should be higher of lower than the number we started with. We will be working on the formation of numbers, remembering to start at the top and also investigating symmetry and naming and describing shapes and their properties. We will be allowing the children increased opportunities to be independent learners whilst still having a degree of choice in their learning. This is all in preparation for the transition to Year 1. We look forward to working together with you throughout another fantastic term.

Our Learning Updates

Well, sadly the rain hasn't helped us with our outdoor learning this week. So we've been extra busy inside. We've been adding and taking away, trying hard to remember which sign is for addition and which is for subtraction or taking away. We've continued with Handa's Surprise a sour lead text and we have been describing the fruits from the story. Miss Wills managed to find one of each of the exotic fruits from the story so we were able to touch them, look at them, smell them and then use our words to describe them. We came up with some amazing new vocabulary. 

Next week is the last week that Miss Wills will be with us in Iris Class. We wish her well as she continues her career and makes a brilliant teacher. 

It has come to our attention that some of the children in Iris Class are having access to the game 'Fortnite.' This game has a PEGI rating of 12, PEGI have said this is due to the: 'frequent scenes of mild violence. It is not suitable for persons under 12 years of age'. 

Enjoy the weekend and I hope we get to see some sunshine!

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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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