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Welcome to Apollo

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Welcome to Apollo Class!

This Year you will continue to find Mrs Donald on Monday and Tuesday and Mrs Meeks on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Mrs Evans will also be with us for most of the week, which we are delighted about. 

Homework will be handed in on a Monday and usually marked and sent back the same day.

Spellings will be given out on a Friday and will be tested in a range of ways the following Friday. We suggest that you spend a little time on them as often as possible, as this is the best way for the brain to recall them into the long term memory. If the children could make sure they have their homework books in their bags everyday so that we can practise spellings at any point during the day, that would be really helpful! 
Similarly, please make sure you have your reading books in your bag everyday so that we can change around our reading sessions if we need to for any reason. Your child will have an independent reading book closely matched to their independent reading level and a guided reading book which will be a more challenging text. We work on this as a group once a week and it may take some time to get through a text, as we explore lots of themes and skills to develop and enhance comprehension skills. 

Please try not to read ahead with the guided texts, as it prevents children from working on prediction skills based on what they already understand about the text.

This Term's Theme

For the first part of the term, we will be focusing on Charles Wicksteed as a historical figure and the impact that he had and continues to have in Kettering. We will work on recognising where Kettering is in the world and use maps to locate landmarks in the local area. as well as learning directional language, such as left, right, forwards, backwards, and also North, East, South and West. This will also be reinforced by our learning of computing, where we will learn about the basics of computer programming and how to make an object move through basic programming. Our Science theme will be about how humans and animals grow and change and recognising the basic needs of humans and animals.  The first few weeks of homework will be linked to our learning in Religion, where we will be exploring our own faith and celebrating the faiths of the people in our class and community. after this, we will be sending home work on maths skills and grammar.

 

It’s been another busy week in Apollo!

On Monday, we watched a film clip of Mrs Meeks making bread in her kitchen at home. We put the strips in order and talked about the instructions for making bread. 

Then we made the bread in groups, following the instructions. We remembered what we had learnt last week about Time Words and used these to help us get the steps in the right order. The bread smelt delicious when it was baked. 

On Tuesday afternoon we all walked to Elm Bank Care Home to celebrate Harvest Festival with the elderly residents. We talked about what Harvest was, how it is celebrated and why it is important to Christians. 

We all sang ‘Harvest Samba’ and ‘Cauliflowers Fluffy’ and then had the opportunity to share our instruction writing on ‘How to make bread’. As a special gift, we made bread to take with us and passed it to the residents to enjoy. 

In maths this week we have been focusing on using Numicon and Diennes to add numbers together. We used a 100 square to look at how to add 10 to a number and did this with the equipment as well as jumping up on a number line in a jump of 10 to check. 

In Science, we have continued to learn about mammals and animals which lay eggs and have been drawing animal life cycles. 

Next week, weather permitting, we will be walking to the library and then visiting the museum and the Alfred East Art Galley, before returning to school. The Parish Church have kindly offered to let us have our lunch there, so if you could pack the children a lunch which will make as little mess as possible, that would be great! 

If they could also bring a carrier bag with them, to put in any books they take from the library, that would also be great. 

Please note, that any birthday treats brought into school, will no longer be given out by the staff. We urge you to try and keep to our Healthy Eating Policy and that parents and children take responsibility for this.

 

Choose a Langauge

How you can help!

Spend some time looking at the Common Exception Words for Year 2. The children will need to know how to read and spell all of these by the end of Year 2.

Practise pairs of numbers which make 10 or 20 if you fancy a challenge. For example 7 + ? = 10.

Talk to your child about the faith of your family and explore their views and opinions about it. Alternatively, you could choose a faith to explore and find out about. 

Practise the spelling pattern of the week - maybe even find other words with the pattern which are not on the list

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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