Friday 23rd October 2020
What an amazing half term we have had in Kestrel class and this last week was no exception!
In literacy, we worked incredibly hard to complete our setting descriptions. We drafted and edited well to ensure that we met all of the required expectations and we were rightly proud of our results as we produced some stunning pieces of writing.
On Tuesday, our year 5's spent the day with Claire from Pacesetters and enjoyed a day becoming magnificent mind champions and developing their independence and resilience . In maths, we continued with our focus on division with our year 6's learning about long division. In science, we learned how the body absorbs nutrients and water from our food. We used scientific language to describe the various stages in the process - from when the food enters our mouths until it is excreted as waste. We also looked at the harmful effects of drugs including those which are legal and used our scientific knowledge to debate this subject.
In music, we learned to appraise and perform a contemporary song from the pop genre. We learned how to identify the beat and rhythm within a piece of music before performing 'Happy' by Pharrell Williams using sign language, a range of percussion instruments including glockenspiels.
Star of the Week: We celebrated with Angus this week as he produced an exceptional setting description - well done Angus you worked incredibly hard this week and really deserve recognition for your excellent work!
Friday 16th October 2020
This weeks Kestrels became computer programmers as we completed our ICT coding unit for this term. We learned how to use coding blocks and algorithms to move characters, we explored timers and variables to generate counters and we used event codes such as 'if' and 'when' to create a range of programs.
In literacy, we generated ideas for our setting description on Mount Olympus and started to plan its structure and language content. In maths, we explored division; we started by looking at the language of division and using concrete resources to make generalisations about remainders before moving onto formal methods and solving a range of problems expressing remainders appropriately.
Kestrel Star of the Week: This week we celebrated with Nathan! Nathan has an amazing attitude to all of his learning and is an excellent role model in our class. He even took on the role of film presenter this week as we made our whole school video for next years reception children - well done Nathan thank you for rising to the challenge!
Friday 9th October 2020
Kestrels completed another full week this week.
In literacy, we got extremely technical and focused on how to improve our sentence structures by using a range of phrases and clauses. We developed our skills in writing prepositional phrases and a range of adverbials. The children even took part in a 'game show' style quiz called ....'Phrase or Clause?' Some of them even designed a dance routine at break to accompany the catchy jingle!
In maths, long multiplication was our main area of focus. As our fluency developed, we focused on solving multi step problems and reasoning questions. In science, we concluded our experiments on the impact of exercise on the heart and even captured our data using scatter graphs.
In History, we learned all about the origins of the Olympic games. Initially, we represented our learning using freeze frames and then went onto select how we wanted to record our historical knowledge. We are thoroughly enjoying finding out about some of the 'unusual' customs that the Ancient Greeks followed.
Kestrel Star of the Week: We celebrated with Lilia this week as she has been producing some excellent work in maths since the beginning of term and this week was no exception as her problem solving when multiplying decimals was fantastic - well done Lilia!
Friday 2nd October 2020
The Kestrels completed another great week of learning this week.
In literacy, we completed our character descriptions about Greek Gods. Our use of figurative language was excellent and we will be able to use this skill when writing setting descriptions. At the end of this week, we started to analyse our model setting description text, identifying how the writer orientates the reader when describing a scene.
In maths, we completed some tricky multi-step addition and subtraction problems before starting to look at multiplication. Each morning, we have been practising our key instant recall facts involving decimal number bonds and at the end of the week we completed a timed mini assessment - we had all improved massively and we were really pleased with ourselves. Well done Kestrels!
In science, we have been learning all about the circulatory system. We are improving our ability to explain this tricky concept using all of the new scientific vocabulary that we have been introduced to. We finished the week by devising an experiment to investigate the impact of exercise on the heart. We thought carefully about variables in order that our tests were fair and then we got outside and completed our exercise! (Pictured below)
In R.E. we reflected on what it means to a Christian to forgive. The children learned about the bombing of Coventry Cathedral and how Christians showed their forgiveness.
Kestrel star of the week: We celebrated with Ethan this week. Ethan is a superstar in our class. He is always working hard and doing the right thing. We are lucky to have you as part of team Kestrel Ethan - Well done!
Friday 25th September 2020
We've enjoyed another full week of learning in Kestrel class.
In whole class reading, we have been developing our ability to infer meaning using evidence to support us. We have thought about the impression that we get as a reader from the actions of characters .We have also analysed their actions to interpret how they might be feeling. We have been enjoying a range of Greek Myths this week, which is helping us to understand why the Ancient Greeks held their gods in such high regard. We are also completely gripped by our class novel 'Shadow of the Monotaur.' We are doing a lot of wondering and question asking to help us understand the twists and turns of the plot!
In maths, we have been practising our addition and subtraction skills. We used bar modelling to help us when trying to solve some tricky multi-step problems. To end the week, we took our first look at our Key Instant Recall facts. We learned how to use our current number bond knowledge to 10 and 100 to help us when learning decimal number bonds to 1. A booklet to support children with their practice will be available next week.
In science, we learned all about the different food groups and their importance to our health. We analysed a range of food labels to help us decide how healthy each food type was - We were quite shocked by the sugar content of certain foods! We also considered the consequences of an unhealthy diet.
In history, we learned more about the city states of Athens and Sparta. We evaluated the culture and customs of each state before deciding which state we would prefer to live in.
Kestrel Star of the Week: We celebrated with Peter this week as he has been producing some excellent work as part of our reading lessons. He is also a cheerful, kind and helpful member of our class and we are lucky to have him as part of our team. Well done Peter!
Friday 18th September 2020
This week flew past as we immersed ourselves in all aspects of the curriculum!
In literacy, we started to plan our own character descriptions of a Greek God! To help us, we even took part in a literacy masterclass by author Luke Temple, where we finessed our skills in 'showing' and not 'telling' our reader how our character is feeling! We watched several on line tutorials and even saw the trailer of Luke's book - Felix Dashwood and the Mutating Mansion! It was incredibly creepy and had us all wondering about the mystery of the mansion!
In maths, we progressed from rounding whole and decimal numbers to calculating with negative numbers! We were using the idea of sandbags and hot air to help us understand the impact of negative and positive numbers! (ask your children to explain the game to you)
In science, we learned how to plan a clinical trial having learned about the work of James Lind and his clinical trials to find a cure for scurvy. In french, we have begun to write sentences using key vocabulary and phrases. Finally in history, we found out how the Ancient Greek's belief in gods affected how they conducted their lives.
Star of the Week: Congratulations to Ollie who was our star this week. Ollie has impressed all of us with his mature attitude to his learning! What an excellent start to year 6 Ollie - well done!
Friday 11th September 2020
Our first full week was busy in Kestrels class!
In literacy, we started to explore character descriptions in more detail. We analysed its features, learned about a range of figurative language and started to innovate our own character description.
In maths, we have been learning about the place value of numbers up to 10 million including decimals. In R.E. we considered what Christians believe God is like and in PSHE we reflected on how to manage anxieties.
We delved a little deeper in to our History topic and started to discover who the ancient greeks were, when and where they lived as well as some of the significant things that they were responsible for.
We trialed our first zoom lessons this week and were joined by three of our class who took part in our lessons from home! Thank you to them and we look forward to seeing you back in school soon!
We also had several reasons to celebrate as our new house captains and vice captains were appointed. Congratulations go to;
Red House Captain Ollie and Vice Captain Ruby
Blue House Captain Ellie and Vice Captain Patrick
Green House Captain Tawny and Vice Captain Ruby
Yellow House Captain Mai and Vice Captain Taylor
Kestrel Star of the week: We celebrated with Asa today who has had an amazing start to the year and has been impressing us with an incredible attitude to his learning - well done Asa!
Friday 4th September 2020
What a great start back for Kestrel class. It was fantastic to welcome the children back to school and into our newly refurbished mobile. Everyone was extremely impressed and we are proud of our new working environment!
The first few days have been mainly focused on settling back into school life in its new format. It will take some getting used to, but so far the children have coped really well. They even took part in their first zoom assembly!
We completed some feelings snowflakes and compared how we all feel differently about what has happened and about returning to school. We also started our history topic for this term ( Ancient Greece ) by starting to look at the gods that the Greeks worshiped and completed some water colour paintings of a selection of gods. We completed some assessments too, so that teaching can be targeted to support each child to move forward in their learning and finally we had fun playing hockey.