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Wow! What an exciting start to the week we all had! 

On Monday, the children kick started their learning with a ‘Cardboard Chaos’ day. The aim of this day was to celebrate imaginary and creative play by allowing them to bring in a box from home and use it to create something spectacular. 



We began the day with our lead text for this week, ‘Fix-It-Duck’.  

“A leaking roof? A window stuck? These are jobs for… Fix-It-Duck!” 
“He’s got his tools, he’s smart and he’s strong. What could possibly go wrong?” 

To get into character, Iris class all became ‘fixers’ for the day and their first task was to think about some ideas for what we could do with all of the cardboard piled up around the classroom. Some children had the idea of creating Fix-It-Duck’s house and others wanted to design the inside of the house, including a cooker and all of the different foods that could be cooked inside! As our ideas began to flow, we decided that it was time to get to work… 

And what amazing fixers we all were! Inside the classroom, a group of children were busy creating a house so big that they could fit 5-6 children inside! They made a chimney to go on top, a TV to go inside (just like Fix-It-Duck) and some windows and bricks around the outside of the house. Another group of children worked well as a team to create a person out of the boxes. They added a head, a body, arms and legs and then decorated their person using lots of decorative collage materials. On the carpet throughout the day, there were large, plain sheets of cardboard on the floor. By the end of the day, these sheets were colourful and bright, full of wonderful designs the children had created using different mark making tools. Outside, a group of children worked together to create a little cubby house that they could climb inside and a ladder for Fix-It-Duck to carry out his jobs. 

Just like Fix-It-Duck, the children did come across some problems they had to solve along the way. Izabelle was super busy and created a cooker with a door that opened and closed, plus lots of chopped up food to cook inside. When she was attaching the pieces together, she used a glue stick. “It’s not sticking,” she said. “I know, I’ll use sellotape instead!”  

Throughout the day, we looked carefully at how we could make our models stronger and sturdier. We thought about whether or not it would be best to use glue or tape to join the cardboard together and also talked about how to overcome problems as they arose. All day, the children worked really well as part of a team. They helped each other hold things in place, they shared their ideas and worked collaboratively to achieve something they were all proud of. 

Well done for a fantastic start to the week Iris Class!

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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.

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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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