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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

Thinking all about ourselves has been the theme running through this week. The children have been looking really carefully at their faces in order to create their own self-portraits using paint. They had to decide on the colour of their skin, the colour of their hair and eyes and also the colour of their lips in order to create a life-like self-portrait. I wonder if you will be able to guess who they are? 

In PE, the children have thinking about how to balance. They have been using a range of resources to help them improve their balance as well as thinking about how they place their feet and how they land safely. The children have really improved their dressing and undressing for PE as well as their listening skills throughout the sessions. 

We have continued to blend sounds together in order to make a word. We have been doing this mainly verbally but some children have moved on to blending using the graphemes, the written form of the letter sound. This is a really important skill that the children need to master in order to help them with their reading so any extra rehearsing at home or out and about will really help. 
e.g. t-o-p = top 

In maths, we have been looking at the 'twoness of two.' What makes 2 special? We have been using tens frames to move two counters around just checking that it is still two. The children have also been introduced to the concept of, 'subitizing.' It means to know how many are in a set without actually counting them. e.g. dots on a dice or dots on a domino or even quantities of fingers. The children love the 'Subitizing Song' that we have been using. We have also been singing lots of songs all about ourselves.

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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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