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Welcome to Zeus

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Welcome to Zeus class! Our names are Mrs Renshaw and Ms Pallett and we teach the Year 6 class at Hall Meadow. We are also lucky enough to have Mr Palmer teaching PE once a week.

In Zeus 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, demonstrating this in their prefect roles.

This term’s learning

This term's theme is called "Lights, Camera, Action!” and will be based around how life has changed in Britain since 1945. The twentieth century was one of rapid change with countless technological, social and political developments. Our unit of work will focus on leisure and entertainment but will also look at home life, work life, population and technology and how these are all interwoven. 

In art, we will be looking at the pop art movement and the work of Andy Warhol. Our music and computing will focus on the genre of film; the use of music in films and the making and editing of short films. 

During our English session we will be reading and studying the incredibly inspiring book “Wonder” by R J Palacio. In maths, we will continue with our focus on number by looking at fractions, decimals and percentages. We will then turn our focus to a number of areas of shape and space such as area and perimeter. 

This half term’s PSHE (Jigsaw) is called ‘Celebrating Difference’. We will be looking at disabilities, power and bullying behaviours. 

In science our work will centre on physics with us looking at light, magnetism and forces.


Our Learning Updates

 

MATHS
During maths this week, we have been calculating fractions mentally and we have also been applying our knowledge of fractions to problem solving situations particularly when presented in different ways. We have also been using bar models to help us and support us with our answers; it has also helped us to improve our reasoning skills. We are looking forward to beginning a new subject next week.

ART
Linking to Remembrance Day, we were also drawing poppies following a guided video. We first sketched out our poppies in our art sketchbooks, then experimented types of reds to see which ones we preferred. After, we drew our final pieces on thick paper, and traced over it with a sharpie (a black permanent pen) then coloured them in and cut them out. We used all of our poppies to make a war display.

Diwali
On Wednesday, it was diwali; as a result we learnt some more about diwali and why it is celebrated. We learnt about how people celebrate diwali and what types of food they ate. We made some Indian sweets called Barfi. We started by adding pink food colouring to coconut then mixed in condensed milk to make the mixture stick.

BY: Louis and Lottie

This week in Zeus class we have had lots of fun across all subjects and are looking forward to next week.

Maths

This week in Maths, we’ve been looking at and focusing on multiplying and dividing fractions. We learnt the method for dividing fractions: Keep, Change, Flip. ( KCF ) 

‘I enjoyed fractions and learning how to multiply them’ quoted by Madison.

Science

In science we have been thinking about light, the way in which it travels and how we see things. Our group task was to create a short children’s television programme to teach our target audience about ‘How we see.’

PE

On Friday afternoon we were lucky enough to have a visiting coach take us for a football skills session. We thoroughly enjoyed learning new skills and the competitive element to the game “King of the Ring”. 

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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 on the following Thursday. This consists of an English activity and a Maths activity. The children are also given weekly spellings to learn, which are tested on a Monday.

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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