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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 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.

All About Us

Our theme for this term is ‘All About Us.’ Our learning for this term 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.

Our Learning Updates

This first term has just flown past and it seems nearly impossible that it's now half-term. The children have been amazing since September and they have settled so well into life at school. Since going to assembly they have learnt how to sit quietly and listen in a bigger space than the classroom and to listen to other adults in the school. We have been practising writing our name this week as well as learning all about 'digraphs.' A digraph is where 'two letters make one sound.' This week we have learnt about the digraphs 'ff,' 'ss' and 'll.' 

We have completed our self-portraits this week, looking carefully at our facial features including the colour of our eyes and our hair. The children worked really hard to get them in the right place and the right colour. 

We have continued learning all about the concept of 3 this week. We have collected 3 objects, made 3 using numicon, added 3 to a number line, looked at representations of 3 and created our own actions to represent 3. For example, 3 claps, 3 pats on the knee or 3 jumps. 

Thanks you to the parents and carers who attended the 'Come and Read' session on Thursday and also to the people who supported our Non-uniform Day. 

Monday 29th October is Parent Consultation Day. We very much look forward to seeing you on that day. Enjoy half-term!

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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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