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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

This week we were really happy and excited to welcome back Mrs Dickens. After half term, Mrs Dickens will be back in Iris class with the children. Thank you for all of the lovely comments at the door welcoming her back and sending your best wishes. With Mrs Dickens coming back, this does mean that Mrs Donald will be returning to Year 2 on a Monday and a Tuesday after half term. 

This week we have been reading our lead text ‘Captain Duck’. The children have really enjoyed this story and made lots of predictions about what was going to happen at the end. We talked about the front cover, the title and illustrations and thought about who the main characters were. On Wednesday, the children wrote some sentences about the story, using picture clues to help them. Fantastic writing Iris class! 

In PE this week we have been learning how to throw, catch, balance along a beam and roll a ball through two cones. We had to make sure that our aim was accurate and our bodies were controlled. In class, we are beginning to think about why exercise is important. We talked about what happens to our bodies when we are active and how important it is to warm up and cool down. 

For our maths learning this week we have been introduced to the number 8. We have been using different resources to take 1 away from numbers up to 8 and find out how many are left. We have been splitting 8 into two different parts and recording this using a part, part whole model. Some children are beginning to record this as a number sentence. For example: 7 + 1 = 8. 

In our Jigsaw lessons, the children have been working really hard on their own ‘Dreams and Goals’. At the start of the term, we set our own goals that we wanted to achieve. As we reach the end of the term, part of tomorrow will be spent looking at the goals we have achieved and thinking carefully about the things we have got better at over the past few weeks. 

As part of our ‘Understanding of the World’, the children have been using lots of different technology this week. Outside, the children have been learning how to use the remote-controlled cars. We have been moving our car in different directions and some of us had a go at racing our cars along some guttering and inside the tyres, watching the lights as they shone. We had a lot of singing going on in Iris class this week as the children used the microphones to record themselves. We would love to see some observations on ILD of the technology your child is using at home. Maybe they are able to control the remote for the TV? Maybe they understand how to press play and stop on a CD player? Do they know how to use and play different apps on a tablet? 

On Friday, all of our learning is about ‘Love’ as we think about Valentine’s Day. We hope you like the Valentine’s Day cards the children have been busy making for you. 

Finally, thank you for another wonderful term and for your continued support throughout the year. We wish you all a happy and restful break. See you all as we return to school on Tuesday 25th February.

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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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Hall Meadow Primary School

Packer Road
Lake Avenue
Kettering
Northamptonshire
NN15 7RP
Phone : 01536 417627

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