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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 a sports coach, Mr Palmer that will join Ms Pallett on a Friday afternoon for PE.

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

Our theme this half term is “Mountains”.  We will be finding out about how mountains are formed, about mountain ranges and about the mountain environment. 

In English, we will be focussing on persuasive writing.  We will be developing our use of persuasive techniques in order to persuade the reader.  Our class text will be ‘Pig Heart Boy’ by Malorie Blackman. 

You're thirteen. All you want is a normal life. But most normal kids don't need heart transplants.
So there's this doctor. He says there's a chance for you. But he also says it's experimental, controversial and risky. And it's never been done before.

In maths, we will focusing on decimals and percentages.  We will look at the converting of decimals and the use of the four operations with decimals.  We will also begin to look at algebra.   

Our science topics are: Food chains; Adaptation; Plants; Life Cycles; Habitats and Micro-organisms.  Our RE topic is Hinduism.

Throughout all of our work we will make links to Life in Modern Britain and continue to further our Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural understanding through reflections and activities such as P4C.


Our Learning Updates

 

This week in English we have been writing a non- chronological report about the Ancient Mayans. We are turning these into colourful information texts. We have put a lot effort into planning it and making it brilliant. All of us are very proud of our work we have produced.

"I have enjoyed writing and editing my report about Mayans" by Evie

This week in maths we have been revising different topics including: angles, roman numerals, range and reflecting. We are also doing a 15 question maths test for 10 minutes every morning. We are all making brilliant progress and love the test. Ms Pallett has given us all a doodle maths account to revise at home.

"I’m looking forward to revising maths" Niamh

This week we have been doing different experiments about separating solids and liquids using sieves and filters. Some of the things we attempted to separate were: sugar, salt, mud, sand and water. Some of us have put our water and salt on the window sill to see if we can get our dissolved salt back.

"I have enjoyed doing lots of science experiments" by Eleanor

On Monday, we did SPAG revision. We were going over commas, semi colons and colons. All of us are enjoying these and they will benefit us when we reach SATs.

Next week we will be revising reading comprehension.

“I am enjoying these sessions because there fun and it will help me for SATS" by Mia

 

In Maths this week we have been learning about ratio and proportion. We have also learnt how the bar method can help us solve this type of problem. PoThese involve our knowledge of area, perimeter, shapes and enlargement. Finally, on Friday we did a test (not in test conditions) to see how much we could remember. Here are some for you to try:

On a farm the number of cows and the number of sheep are in the ratio 6:5 and the number of sheep and the number of pigs is in the ratio 2:1. The total number of cows, sheep and pigs on the farm is 189. How many sheep are there on the farm?

Here are the ingredients for raspberry ripple ice cream.
250g raspberries
225g caster sugar
2 large eggs
4 large egg yolks
600ml double cream
In making ice cream for a party, a mother has 5 litres of cream. Sugar comes in 1 kg bags. How many bags of sugar will be needed?

English
In English this week we have been researching the ancient Mayans to write a non-chronological report. We have also been studying non-chronological reports and analysing the different features that we will use in our writing. Next week we will be writing it up.

In Art this week we have been continuing to Papier Mache our frogs. Most of us are at the stage where we are applying colour to our frogs with green paper. They are looking really good. We are about one session away from completion.

How you can help!

Home Learning

Year 6 are given weekly homework that is set on a Friday and handed back in for marking on a 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 Friday. Homework is an important part of a child’s transition to secondary school, as when they are there they will be expected to balance and meet deadlines, so please encourage your child to complete their homework on time. Your child may also want to complete extra revision of topics they have struggled with at school.

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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