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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.

Shine Bright!

Our theme for the second Spring term is ‘Shine Bright.’ Our learning will focus mainly on light; sources of light, where we get from, lights from the past and how they are different to the lights we see today, how light can be changed, how light is made and also, thinking about our feelings, how the lack of light, or dark, can make us feel. We will also incorporate colour mixing and shades of colour including how to make the colours darker and lighter. We will also be thinking about shadows and the Sun; let’s hope we get some sunny days! We will be investigating maps, globes and atlases and seeing if we can make our own imaginary and real maps. We will continue to build on our bank of new sounds and ‘tricky’ words that we can read so we have lots more in our toolkit. A big focus for next term is writing and how we hold our bodies when we are writing. Writing all kinds of things including writing our letter shapes correctly, writing sounds accurately, stories, instructions, a recount plus simple phonic captions and sentences. In Maths, we will be continuing to look at concepts of number to 10. We will record our addition and subtraction calculations and equations using pictures and symbols initially, and then also with numbers. We will be using directional and positional language to explain where things are and following verbal instructions using this vocabulary. We will be naming and describing 3D shapes such as sphere, cuboid, cylinder and using mathematical vocabulary to describe them. 

Please remember to read your child’s high frequency words and reading books as often as you can and record this in their planners. Those children who read regularly at home make the most progress and feel most positive about their reading. You only get better at reading by reading!

Our Learning Updates

On Thursday we had a fabulous day celebrating World Book Day. We started off the day by taking part in a 'Secret Reader' activity. We all went to the hall where we found our about the books that the adults were going to read but we didn't know who the adult was going to be. So that was very exciting! We then based our whole day's learning around the Aliens Love Underpants stories by Claire Freedman and Ben Cort. The children looked amazing in their costumes; thank you to parents and carers for supporting the school and the children. We read lots of the stories, we talked about patterns on the pants, we looked at space and we made our own aliens using play-doh. The children had a brilliant day! 

In maths this week we have been introduced to 9. We have answered the question, 'Is it 9?' and used the word 'because' to explain our thinking. We have used the numicon to make 9 in a variety of ways and talked about our calculations. 

Our two new sounds this week have been 'ow' as in cow and 'ur' as in turn. Lots of the children are improving their accuracy when blending and segmenting the sounds both orally and in reading and writing. Please keep reading and recording it in your planners. 
We have begun learning about light and dark and we have a brilliant diamond on our class door to remind us of the title of our theme, 'Shine Bright!' The children have been investigating some light sources and experiencing a bear cave outside which links to the story, 'Can't You Sleep Little Bear.' 

A super busy week once again in Iris Class. 

Reminders:- 
1) On Friday 20th March we will be asking the children to wear odd socks to raise awareness of Down Syndrome. 
2) Please add observations to the Interactive Learning Diary to support your child's development. If you need any help then please see Mrs Dickens or Mrs Coles.

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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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