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Welcome to Poseidon

poseidonOur names are Mrs Spencer and Mrs Townend and we teach the Year 3 class at Hall Meadow. Poseidon class is also very lucky to have other adults that teach us and support our learning. Mr Palmer teaches PE on a Wednesday afternoon. Poseidon are in the first year of Key stage 2 and across the year will continue to develop their independence and their approach to learning.

Summer Term 2 - Inquiry

The final term this year is, as always. INQUIRY! This is when the children can investigate topics that they are interested in and learn how to carry out research and develop questions based on France. There will be many opportunities for the children to broaden their ideas into lots of different curriculum areas. We aim to develop skills such as self direction, responsibility, organisation, questioning, explaining, adaptability ... the list goes on and on! 

The inquiry topic gives the children chances to be creative and to present their work to an audience. We develop different ways to share our ideas including ICT, music and art.


Learning Updates

To continue on with our Lost Thing class text and writing link with Mrs Spencer, the class looked at up - levelling words to describe: ordinary, strange, sand and wall. We also looked at fronted adverbials and how to use them in our writing. 

We used our column addition method to support our learning when adding measurements together. 

We progressed on to column addition for word problems followed by a lesson on column subtraction. Some of us found it tricky to carry so we are going to do a further practise lesson tomorrow to ensure we all feel confident with this objective. 

In literacy we got to flick through adverts and the Argos book to scan and find WOW (power/adjective) words that the product has to describe it - persuading audiences to purchase. We turned these words into a wordle (pics) using colourful pens - these will be used throughout the term for us to refer to when drafting our own toy adverts. 

We have all created an inquiry question following from todays lesson and we also began to plan how we are going to carry out our inquiry through brainstorming ideas and listing headings and sub-topics we need to research next week. 
Remember your homework projects are separate and need to have started by now. 

Sports Day has been cancelled due to the rain! We will be looking at RE and how music and prayers are linked

As a hook into our inquiry term which is based around topics about France, as a class we looked at the Women's World Cup, which is taking place there this month. We each had two football shaped images which we decorated one blue and the other red. Some of us used tissue paper and glue, some bubble paint, water colour pencils, sponge technique and finger painting. When they all finished and the footballs had dried we put them all together to create a collage of the French flag. This will be our flying flag on sports afternoon next week (dependent on the weather). 

On Monday we also looked at the geography of France using atlases and discussed things that we knew and wanted to know more about the country. These will hopefully support them with creating an inquiry question for their inquiry project this term. We will begin collating questions and researching these next week. 

On Tuesday with Mrs Spencer we looked at our class text this term, The Lost Thing by Shaun Tan. This is a picture book for of inquiry, open - ended questioning. The children looked at an image taken from the book and began to draw questions from this using their inference and thinking skills. In maths we began to look at calculating perimeters and will continue this as well as measurement with Mrs Spencer. 

Also this term we are recapping our learning of column method and started with column addition on Wednesday. Next week we will look at word problems and move on to column subtraction. In literacy we completed a grammar lesson on the homophones: there, their and they're. 

Thursday was our school trip and both children and staff who attended had a fantastic time. The staff have non stop praised every single child in Poseidon for being hard working, showing team effort and resilience throughout the day! Well done to all of you - we have some fab photos. 

Friday we wrote a recount of our West Lodge experience using a mind/story map. The children drew pictures for each event of the day in order as well as adding detail to these pictures with WOW words describing their experience: see, hear, smell, taste and feel. These have been put in their profiles for the end of the year.

In the afternoon we went back to our class text The Lost Thing and began to think about where we would like to be 'lost' and think about the setting and things around us and then, using water colour paint, we painted our setting of our chosen place (imaginary or real) to be lost in. Some happy, vibrant settings have been created :) 

We also practised our Sports day warm up - Zumba!

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How you can help!

Year 3 are given weekly homework that is set on a Wednesday and handed back in for marking on a Monday. This consists of an English activity and a Maths activity. The children are also given weekly spellings to learn which are tested on a Thursday. Throughout the year the type of work that they will be set will varying with each half term having a slightly different focus. MyMaths will be used at different points throughout the year as the set homework but is available all year round for extra practice.

Home Learning

These websites will support your learning at home.

Maths games

Times tables practice

Facts about France

Facts about France

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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