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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

The number three has been our focus this week. We have been playing Treasure Island in PE where we had to only have three children on our island. We've been working out which group has more than three in it and which group has less than three in it. The children were trying to trick Mrs Dickens when they took their learning into the continuous provision. They were building towers and asking me "which is more?" or "which is less?" Mrs Coles was using the cars to make part, part, whole of three. We will continue finding out about three next term including thinking about shapes that have three sides. 

In phonics we have been improving our blending of sounds. We have been using the real letter shapes as our letter/sound recognition has improved to increase our blending and reading. Over the holiday please try and consolidate the letter sounds we have taught during this first term so we will be off and running at the beginning of next term. 

We were lucky to have a visit from our local PCSO, Mike, this week, who spoke to us about keeping safe during Halloween and Bonfire Night. 

Thank you to everyone for signing up for a Parent Consultation appointment, we look forward to seeing you for your ten minute appointment on Wednesday 6th November and Thursday 7th November. 

Thank you for all of your support this term. The children have been amazing. Enjoy the holiday.

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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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