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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.

Materials

Our theme for this term is ‘What’s it for?’ Our learning this term will focus mainly on finding out all about different materials, what they are called, what they look like, how they feel, how they are used and deciding on suitable materials for specific jobs. We will be learning about the materials that are all around us in the real world and investigating objects made from a range of materials. We will be talking about our families and looking at the similarities and differences between them, understanding that other people’s families may be different to our own. We will be continuing to build a bank of new phonic sounds and common exception words that we can read, as well as, asking and answering questions about what we have read. The children will be receiving a new spelling booklet with a few words to learn to spell each week enclosed. Within Maths, we will begin to record our practical addition and subtraction calculations using pictures and symbols initially and then also in numbers. We will be estimating amounts by having a sensible guess, using ordinal numbers to think about position, as well as, writing numerals that represent amounts to 10.

Please remember to read your child’s common exception words and reading books with them as often as you can and keep adding any comments and observations to the Interactive Learning Diary and in the children’s planner. Those children who read regularly at home make the most progress and feel most positive about their reading.

Our Learning Updates

We have been very lucky to have had brand new outdoor learning equipment installed this week. The children have been following the progress and have been getting very excited about using it. We will have great fun using it in the coming months. We will be setting up activities for learning times so please stay outside of the area when dropping off and picking up the children. Thank you. 

This week we have completed our phonics assessments and we have been amazed at how much progress your brilliant children have made. Extra reinforcing at home has really helped the children so please continue with your regular reading of sounds, words and books. It really does accelerate the progress that the children make. 

We have finished our series of 'duck' books with Captain Duck this week and the children have completed some brilliant sentence writing. Their independence and 'have a go' approach is so fabulous to see. Remember to hold that pencil with your pinchy fingers. 

We look forward to welcoming you back to school on Tuesday.

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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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