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Welcome to Zeus

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Welcome to Zeus class! My name is Mrs Cole and I have the privilege of teaching the Year 6 class at Hall Meadow.

In Year 6 we aim to create an atmosphere of independence and encourage the children to take increased responsibility both for their learning, in preparation for Secondary School, and by being excellent role models to the rest of the school.

This term’s learning

This term our theme will be "Awesome Aztecs". We will be learning about Aztec civilisation, including where they lived, how their society worked, geographical features and climate, who they worshipped and why their way of life came to an end. 
In English we will be taking on the role of travel agents and using our ICT research on Mexico to produce holiday brochures promoting Mexico as a holiday destination. We will also be researching about Aztec Gods and producing non-chronological reports. Finally we will be making our own recipes for tortilla fillings, which we will try out and then record as a class recipe book. 
In Maths we will be focussing on decimals, percentages and measurement, including perimeter, area and volume. We will also be revising key skills through daily arithmetic tasks. 
Our Art and design focus this term will be on using clay to produce Sun God calendars. We will study Aztec patterns and clothing in order to design and make our own Aztec headdresses. 
In addition to all of this we have arranged for the children to take part in a Samba workshop, where they will have the opportunity to work with a visiting musician to play a range of instruments and produce a class composition. The day will culminate in a performance which parents will be invited to attend. 
Finally we are hoping to take the children on a trip this term. At the moment this is Top Secret! So watch this space for more details....


Our Learning Updates

 

This last week has been full of fun. Our class has been busy designing their Aztec Patolli board games. The games had to incorporate Aztec patterns and vibrant colours. We have all loved making them and are looking forward to playing our games once we have finished them. 

In Maths we have been learning about how to calculate the volume of cubes and cuboids. 

Natasha said" this was a tricky area of maths for me, but I have persevered and asked for help when I needed it. So I am an expert at it now!" 

In Science we have been learning about refraction as part of our topic on Light. We found out that refraction can cause an illusion to what we see. We conducted an investigation into what would happen to the direction of an arrow placed behind a glass, when water is poured into the glass. 

Here is Grace's prediction" I predict that when the man pours the water in to the glass the arrow will change direction" 

Have a go yourself. Was Grace correct in her prediction? 

Finally, last Friday we celebrated World Storytelling week by sharing a book with the children in Iris class. Please see the photos. We really enjoyed reading to them and hope to be able to do this on a regular basis.

Year 4 has enjoyed another successful half term. The highlight for most of us was the Samba workshop that we took part in. We learnt about the history of Samba and little bit about the many instruments that feature in the music. We had the opportunity to try a number of instruments and to learn some simple musical phrases. At the end of the day, we performed a short piece to our parents. We hope your ears have recovered!

In maths, we have focussed on multiplication and division. We continue to regularly practice our rapid recall of multiplication facts. Lots of the children are making fantastic progress with our Maths Marathon – keep up the hard work. We also use the following website to help us get used to the format of the Year 4 multiplication test: https://urbrainy.com/mtc/test 

With the support of Mr Craig, we have been working on our sketching skills in art. We have thought carefully about size and proportion and how to build up our drawings by starting from simple shapes and light pencil lines. We have produced some excellent macaws, howler monkeys and sloths.  

We continue to read ‘Journey to the River Sea’ and we are now intrigued to find out who the missing boy is. We have predicted that Maia may well find this ‘boy’ and then the real adventure will start. 

In geography this week, we became TV weather forecasters and we presented a short term forecast for the weather in our chosen rainforest. Generally, we all reported hot, humid and wet conditions!

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How you can help!

Year 6 are given weekly homework that is set on a Friday and handed back in for marking by the following Thursday. This consists of an English and Maths task based on the learning in class that week. The children are also given weekly spellings to learn, which are tested on a Friday.

Home Learning

Please continue to support your child by encouraging them to read widely and frequently. They should also be discussing their reading with an adult on a regular basis.  
Ensuring that your child is fluent with their multiplication tables is also incredibly beneficial for them. There are lots of ways that these facts can be practiced; chanting, singing, games, apps, web sites or simply writing them out.

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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