"Pupils behave well. They play happily together and consider each other’s needs very well.""Parents are right to be pleased with the quality of teaching at the school.""Pupils learn well because the work they do provides good levels of challenges and helps them learn new skills.""There is a happy and purposeful atmosphere in classrooms.""The curriculum supports pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development effectively.""Pupils get off to a good start in early years."

Kestrels 2018-19

A great start to the new year! 

Fri 11th January 2019

We had a great first week back in kestrel class. To launch our topic of ‘ I Believe ‘ we had an immersion day on Monday. We started the day considering what we believe about different subjects. We then had to believe in our team mates as we learned to play goal ball - a sport for the visually impaired. Finally, we designed outfits that reflected our personality!

In literacy, we started to look at our new writing genre - narrative texts. We looked at the structural and grammatical features that make a good adventure story.

In maths, we immersed ourselves in the properties of number. We learned to find common multiples and factors. We then applied our knowledge to reasoning challenges using other number properties such as prime and square numbers.

In R.E. We started to learn about the religion of Sikhism. We learned what Sikhs believe and discovered some of the features of their worship.

Our science topic this term is sound. We investigated how sounds are formed from vibrations by looking at the effect of vibrations on different materials - drum skins, water, plastic and elastic.

We ended the week with our first GreensNorton university sessions! We enjoyed either dynamic dance, dazzling deutsche, forest favourites, or funky furnishings!

Star of the week: we celebrated with Jack today! Jack is a great member of Kestrel Class. He is hardworking, kind and helpful. He is also a fantastic support to all of us out on the playground in his role as sports leader! Well done Jack- what a star you are!!


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A wonderful variety of learning! 

Fri 14th December 2018

No two weeks are ever the same in Kestrel class and this week was no exception!

In literacy, we immersed ourselves in the world of poetry. We considered the effect of figurative language on the reader, analysed the figurative language used within the poem "The Dream Catcher" by Pie Corbett and finally planned and started to write our own versions of a dream catcher inspired poem. 

In maths we continued with division. This week, the focus was on expressing remainders in a variety of ways. Some of us were expressing remainders as fractions as well as decimal numbers. We ended the week applying our knowledge to some interesting reasoning challenges. We had some excellent discussions trying to convince each other that we had found all possible solutions to some tricky problems!

On Tuesday, we were extremely lucky to be visited by Mrs Hall for a science lesson. We learned all about the Victorian invention of Pepper's ghost! We had great fun applying our knowledge of light and reflection to create our own optical illusions.

In R.E, we reflected - amongst other things - on the question of whether christians believe that the true meaning of Christmas is lost in the Tinsel, Turkey and TV! We talked about the importance of being thankful and giving at this time of year.

The very next day, some of us had the opportunity to give something back to our local community. We headed off to Duncote Hall to sing some christmas carols to the residents. Well done to all the children who sang. We put a smile on all the residents faces and they really enjoyed listening to, and joining in with, all the carols.

We ended the week with our delicious christmas lunch! A big thankyou to Di and her team. We thought it was fab-u-lous!

Star of the Week: This week we celebrated with Rhys! Rhys has been working incredibly hard on his writing this term and is consistently producing some excellent pieces. He is also proving invaluable as a member of the e cadets!! Well done Rhys!



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Carols, Fairs and Assessments! 

Fri 7th December 2018

Yet another strange mix of christmas preparations and academic focus this week!

We finally completed all of this term's assessments. The children have been assessed on reading, grammar and mathematics and they will have their results shared with them next week. Well done everyone for working hard!

Tuesday was a  highlight of the week as most of Kestrel class attended the cluster carol event held at Towcester Church. The children have been working hard over the last few weeks perfecting their songs and perfomed beautifully at the concert on Tuesday evening. Special mention to Erin and Archie who represented us in special singing and reading parts. You both did brilliantly!

We were quite industrious on Wednesday afternoon as we created our contribution to the christmas fair - sock snowmen! We were very pleased that they all sold out at Friday evenings christmas fair!

On Friday morning we immersed ourselves in our geography topic and learned how to use climate zones to describe the weather in various countries in south America. In the afternoon, we created our christmas cards for our french pen pals to wish them a "Joyeux Noel!"  

Star of the week: This week we took some time to celebrate with Evie. Evie has made a real step change in her determination to learn and answer questions! Well done Evie! Keep going, it is really making a difference! 



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A Marvellous Week! 

Fri 30th November 2018

We started the week with this term's marvellous middle!

The whole of KS2 immersed themselves in the world of Michael Morpurgo's novel Kensuke's Kingdom on Monday. We completed a range of activities including recreating Kensuke's island in pastels using the setting description from the novel. We then used our co-ordinate skills to plot and locate  some of the geographical features of the island. Some of us were even plotting in four quadrants using negative numbers! We also completed a message in a bottle to help Michael get rescued from the island. We decided that our letter would have been more successful than the one in the book, as we used physical geography clues to help passing ships recognise our island. Finally, under the careful watch of Mrs Barnett, we learned how to build and light a fire. We found out that a great deal of perseverance was needed! However, we all succeeded! We even managed to display some of our work in the hall.

We have completed some assessments this week and there will be some more next week too. However in literacy we completed our persuasive letters and in maths we have moved onto division. We used manipulatives to help us visualise the concept of grouping as well as learn some division vocabulary such as quotient ,dividend and divisor.

In geopgraphy, we moved away from Europe (not Brexit!) and started to explore the continents of North and South America. We studied their climates and identified the significant variety of climates due to the vast size of the Americas.

We have also been rehearsing for the forthcoming cluster carol service. Singing in two part harmony as well as german takes some practice!!

Star of the week: Well done goes to Bella this week. Bella is always a star in Kestrel class. However, this week she really excelled during our marvellous middle day as she completed all of the activities to an extremely high standard! Well done Bella.

Our spellings this week focus on silent letters 

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Busy Busy Busy! 

Fri 23rd November 2018

We had another busy week in Kestrel class this week. In Literacy, we have started to write our persuasive letters in the role of Michael from Kensuke’s Kingdom. We have really captured Michael's plight and I think Kensuke will have no choice but to help!!!! 

In maths we have continued to develop our multiplication skills. We ended the week with the whole class completing a wide range of reasoning challenges. We were focusing on how we can improve our reasoning by asking ourselves key questions such as; what do you notice?, what is the same? and what is different?

On Wednesday, the year 6’s attended a young citizens day. They learned about a range of things that will help them to become wiser and better citizens. The workshops included sessions on: being critical thinkers when on line; safety on the road; solvent abuse; Hate crime; fire safety and how and where to get help and support.

In geography this week we compared and contrasted locations within Scandinavia and the UK, while in R.E. we reflected on actions that Buddhists would believe bring us good or bad karma!

The sports leaders were excellent citizens within the school community this week as they supported the whole school to use the running track during play times and lunch times. They all prooved themselves to be kind, caring and responsible! Keep it up guys; everyone is noticing and appreciating your help!

We finished our week with rehearsals for the forthcoming Cluster Carol Concert and a competitive game of Kibana to develop our tag rugby skills.

Star of the Week: Kestrel star this week is Lucy. Lucy is working incredibly hard with her writing and has produced some excellent persuasive texts. Keep going Lucy! You are making excellent progress.

This weeks spellings are again focused on homophones. Words that sound the same but have different spellings and different meanings.


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A Packed Week of Learning ! 

Fri 16th November 2018

We have had another action packed week in Kestrel class.

In literacy, we have been immersing ourselves in the skills required to write persuasive letters. We have been analysing a model letter written by Frankenstein's monster. Using this model, we have produced parts of our own letter focusing on persuasive, emotional and exaggerated  language as well as effective sentence structures.

In maths, we have continued to develop our skills in using formal methods of multiplication. Some of us have moved onto long multiplication including reasoning and problem solving. We also completed a maths investigation using our multiplication skills.

For our geography lesson this week we investigated the human geography of Scandinavia. We analysed the similarities and differences between the three countries.

As part of anti-bullying week, we considered the theme of respect. We thought about how we could show respect to our peers. We also looked at a speech by Michelle Obama to help us think about ways to respond when people are disrespectful towards us.

We took part in lots of sporting activities this week both during and after school - well done to all the Kestrels who took part in the football and athletics competitions. We are very proud of you!

Star of the week: We celebrated with Issie this week. As well as being just an amazing member of the class, Issie has been working really hard in literacy and produced some excellent persuasive writing this week! Keep going Issie!

Over and Above: A big thank you to Amelia who is always so kind and helpful. 

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A Week to Remember ! 

Fri 9th November 2018

In literacy this week we have moved onto our new genre of persuasive writing. We have identified the features of persuasive writing and we have started to use persuasive sentence openers. Our grammar focus this week was adverbial phrases. We learned that adverbials can be words, phrases and or clauses.

In Maths this week, we continued to reason and problem solve with addition and subtraction before moving on to look at multiplying and dividing by 10, 100 and 1000.

In topic we explored Norway in more detail and wrote post cards home using our knowledge of the physical geography of this country.

We were excited to be the first class to use our new running track this week. We have now used it several times for "brain breaks" and we are looking forward to being able to use it more regularly during free play.

On Tuesday, our year 6's went to Sponne for a science lesson. They learned how to use a bunsen burner and how to investigate the energy contained within food! Everyone enjoyed their lesson and hopefully will be starting to feel positive about their transition next year.

All of us enjoyed our two visitors this week. Anthea from the dog’s trust taught us a lot about why dogs are abandoned and what we should think about before buying a dog.

The Royal British Legion lead us in a wonderful remembrance service to mark this significant anniversary. Well done to Charlie B and Adanyah for reading the school's remembrance prayer so well.

Star of the week: We finally celebrated with Charlie this week! Charlie has just been an amazing asset to the class with his determination and enthusiasm for his learning!

We also celebrated with Alice this week. Alice has started to thrive since she started in year 6. She has become incredibly focused and is making excellent progress in all areas of her learning.

 Over and Above: A  big thank you to Sam this week for helping Charlie with everything that you need two arms for! Sam has been such a kind and caring friend!

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A Full First Week Back! 

Fri 2nd November 2018

We enjoyed a busy first week back after our half term holiday.

In literacy, we have been developing our understanding of descriptive writing. We have explored the impact of powerful adjectives and verbs. We have also used figurative language to further enhance our writing. We have practised writing some setting descriptions and we have started to write our final description using a World War 1 battle scene as our inspiration. This will help us understand a little of what life was like 100 years ago in the war.

In maths, we have been focusing on subtraction. We have revisited formal methods of subtraction for whole and decimal numbers. We have solved multi step problems involving both addition and subtraction and we have completed lots of reasoning activities.

In Geography this week, we started to look in detail at the climate of the Scandinavian countries. We compared and contrasted climates using our geographical knowledge of climate zones and then used this climate data to create line graphs.

In PSHE, we explored the importance of developing meaningful relationships with others. We thought about the people that we are close to and discussed how we might develop these relationships.

Star of the Week: This week we had to postpone our celebrations with Charlie R due to a poorly arm. We will celebrate next week instead!




Another Great Week For Kestrel Class! 

Fri 19th October 2018

We ended the term with another week of hard work!

In literacy, we completed a cold write for our next writing genre - setting descriptions. We also continued to deepen our knowledge of pronouns. We learned how they (the pronouns!) can sometimes be ambiguous, if we are not very careful!

In maths, we reviewed our understanding of place value, before moving onto deepening our knowledge of formal methods of calculation for addition. We have reasoned and solved problems with whole and decimal numbers and we have all been ensuring that we push ourselves to complete as many challenges as we can, so that we learn as much as possible!

In topic this week, we have moved on to explore the continent of Europe! We learned about all the different continents, before exploring the countries in Europe. We used atlases to help locate those countries that have the Euro as their currency. We then narrowed down our focus to Scandinavia. We looked at pictures to start to understand what it might be like in Scandinavia and used our geographical language to describe the landscape.

In PSHE, we reflected on keeping ourselves safe. We wrote diary entries about different scenarios where we could be unsafe. We described the potential dangers, how we felt about the danger (Our early warning signs) and most importantly what we did to keep ourselves safe!

Star of the Week: Everyone! We have been focusing this term on being ready for learning. This week every single member of the class got their name on our recognition board for being ready for learning - Twice!!!!! Well done Kestrels, I am very proud of you! 

Have a very happy and safe half term!




Recording Artists, Cyclists and Illusionists! 

Fri 12th October 2018

Another varied week this week in Kestrel class.
In literacy, we have completed our reports on U.K. cities. We published our writing, focusing on using joined writing with appropriately sized lettering. Now they not only read well, but they look great too!

In maths, we all moved onto completing calculations with negative and positive numbers. We used a number line and practical equipment to help us.

On Wednesday, We recorded, along with the rest of the school, our Pop UK album and enjoyed performing at the church. What a great experience; one we shall not forget for some time!

In science, we have continued to learn how we see light, by exploring how light can be reflected. We also looked at optical illusions and learned how pattern, colour and light can affect our perception of how we see things. We then created our own optical illusion by drawing 3D hands.

Our year 5's have had busy afternoons this week completing their bikability course! They have learned a significant amount about road safety and have improved their competence in this area - well done guys!

Star of the week: This week we celebrated Conner's fantastic writing. Conner has worked so hard over the last few weeks to develop his writing and he has completed an excellent report. Well done Conner; we are very proud of you.

Pop Swagger! 

Fri 5th October 2018

What a week we've had this week! We all tried our hand at becoming pop stars as we worked with Claire from Pop UK to learn seven songs that we will perform at two pop concerts, as well as recording on our own cd! Kestrel class got into the groove big time and we sang our hearts out as we honed our performance moves! We can't wait for next week when we will showcase our hard work!

In literacy this week, we have continued to write our reports on a UK city of our choice. We have focused on editing and improving our writing in order that it includes a range of sentence structures  as well as descriptive factual language. Our grammar focus this week was word classes. We revised all the key word classes and then worked in pairs to sort a range of words into their correct class!

It got chilly in our maths lessons this week as we immersed ourselves in negative numbers. We've ordered, found the difference between and solved a range of problems involving negative and positive numbers.

In science, we investigated how we see light. We learned about the parts of the eye and their function and how we see because light enters our eyes.

Our week ended with our indoor P.E. session. We worked on our cooperation skills by working in small teams to devise a throwing and catching pattern whilst simultaneously passing an "orbit" ball between each individual group!! We beat our previous record and managed to circulate the orbit ball multiple times! We ended our session with a game of throw tennis!


Rounding, Counties and Harvest! 

Fri 28th September 2018

 This week in maths, Kestrel class went rounding mad! We learnt how to round to the nearest 10, 100, 1000, 10,000, 100,000 and 1,000,000. Then as if that wasn't enough we learnt how to round decimal numbers too!! By the end of the week we were using mathematical language to explain our rounding decisions and we were reasoning with this skill too. Well done Kestrels!

In topic this week we discovered lots about counties in the UK. We discovered that each county had their own council, responsible for such things as education, sanitation and emergency services.

We ended our week by attending the Harvest Festival. Our contribution to the service was an adaptation of the tale of the "Stone Soup." The drama that we created was focused on the power of sharing. A fitting theme for harvest time We were proud of our production and received lots of positive comments about our performance - thank you!

A Great Week of Learning! 

Fri 21st September 2018

This busy week has flown past with lots of excellent learning for Kestrel class.

In literacy, we developed our sentence writing skills as we wrote model introductions and paragraphs for a non-chronological report. We also researched a range of cities within the UK in readiness for our "hot write" report!

In Maths we have been comparing the values of whole and decimal numbers. We have ordered numbers using numberlines and using practical equipment to help us visualise the relative size of ones, tenths, hundredths and thousandths.

We had our first visit to the library this term and we enjoyed spending a few moments on Wednesday afternoon immersed in our novels!

Our outdoor P.E. focus this term is Hockey and we braved the blustery weather to practise our push passes!

In science we finished our shadow experiment by focusing on how to explain our results with a scientific conclusion.

Star of the Week: Congratulations to Molly, who is working so hard in all of her lessons, even when she finds things tricky. Molly really is a star in our class!

Over and above: Well done to Charlie for helping all of the younger children in our school during lunchtimes.

A Testing Week for Kestrels!

Fri 14th September 2018

Things picked up a pace in Kestrel class this week, as we completed our first assessments of the year! A tough start! However, this will help us to understand what skills and knowledge we need to learn over the coming year!

In our "normal" lessons we started to explore number in maths. We looked at different representations of millions numbers and we started to solve problems using our knowledge of place value. We completed an investigation into different ways to partition numbers and we spotted patterns when numbers are 10 x , 100 x, or even 1000x bigger or smaller than each other!


In Literacy we started to learn the features of report writing and we explored different sentence structures. We used these different structures to create factual sentences about the UK. 

In Topic we researched facts about the UK and designed posters to reflect our learning. In science, we started our unit of work on seeing light. We learned about sources of lights and we designed an investigation into how shadows are formed.

Spellings: This weeks spellings are based on words ending in the "shus" sound written either cious or tious. One helpful rule to help your child learn this pattern is - if the word can also end in tion then use tious eg. caution becomes cautious.

Star of the Week: This week we celebrated Callum's great start to year 6. Callum is always working hard and pushing himself to achieve his best - you are a star Callum, well done!

Over and Above: Bella went over and above this week as she even spent her break time solving maths challenges!! Great attitude Bella!

Stunning Start for Kestrels!

Fri 7th September 2018

Welcome to the first blog of a new term! We have had a truly stunning first week back after the holidays! It has been lovely to see some familiar faces but equally fab to welcome new faces to our class and our school!

We launched our new topic "Earth Explorers" by looking at maps. We learned about the symbols used on ordnance survey maps and then used these to create some ordnance survey maps of the school grounds.  As we will be exploring some key cities in Europe and the Americas, we also applied our art skills to paint some fabulous cityscapes - pictured below!

We got to grips with some literacy this week and completed our first cold write of the term. We will start to look at report writing over the next few weeks. We started our mornings with some maths challenges to get us ready for our full maths timetable next week!

Over and Above: Well done to Adanyah who was our first over and above nominee this year! You made us very proud!