Friday 21st January 2022
We have really worked hard this week in Kestrels. In literacy, we have planned and started to compose our persuasive letters inspired by the book 'Giant' by Juliet and Charles Snape. In maths, we have begun to calculate with fractions - working firstly on adding and subtracting fractions with different denominators.
In geography, we have been understanding and calculating time zones across North and South America; further re-enforcing the scale of these two huge continents. In science we have been learning the classification routes for plants and in R.E. we have been learning how the 5 pillars of Islam inform the daily lives of Muslims.
Kestrels Star of the Week: We celebrated with Rose today who has shown a significant improvement in her confidence when completing her maths learning. Well done Rose. All of your hard work will pay off!
Friday 14th January 2022
We have had another great week of learning in Kestrel class. In science we have learnt about the 5 main kingdoms into which all living things can be classified. We classified a range of living things into these kingdoms as well as researching sub categories of classification.
In maths, we have been delving deeper into fractions. We have been finding equivalent fractions, converting between improper fractions and mixed numbers and finally comparing fractions by ordering them on a number line.
In literacy, we have been learning a range of skills in preparation for writing our persuasive letter. We have been writing with persuasive openers as well as using emotion, exaggeration and modal verbs to persuade. In R.E., we learned about the core beliefs of Muslims and in french we developed our ability to describe others using plural conjugations of the verb to be and plural adjectives.
Kestrel Star of the Week: We celebrated with Edward this week who has completed a fantastic week of work focusing himself in all of his lessons. Well done Edward keep up the fabulous work!
Friday 7th January 2022
Kestrels came back to school with a really positive attitude! It was lovely for us all to be back together.
We started the week by diving into our new geography topic- Amazing Americas! We learned how to use our digital mapping software in order to locate North and South America. We learned how to use lines of latitude and longitude to provide precise locational references as well as using measuring tools in order to understand just how large these two continents are.
In maths, we have started our unit of work on fractions. We represented a range of common and improper fractions and used pattern spotting and generalisations to start to compare the relative size of fractions. We ended the week by exploring equivalent fractions.
In science, we reviewed our understanding of sorting and classifying animals before learning about Carl Linnaeus who created the first classification system for all living things as well as the still used bi-nomial naming system.
In literacy, we have begun to learn the features of persuasive letters and in guided reading we have begun to develop our summarising skills.
Star of the Week: We celebrated with Charlotte today who produced an excellent cold write persuasive letter and has made great progress in her writing this year.
Friday 3rd December 2021
We have had a very scientific week this week in Kestrel class. We have been designing and conducting our own scientific experiments on electrical circuits and then we ended the week with a visit by Atomic Tom! Tom taught us all about the difference between static and mains electricity before helping us to conduct some experiments based on generating static electricity, understanding its effects and how to discharge it! We had great fun ( see our pictures below) and learnt lots including the fact that there are circa seven octillion atoms in a fully sized human being! Thank goodness we only need to know numbers up to 10 million!
In literacy, we finished our narrative texts. We have worked so hard to complete this extended piece of writing and we should all feel incredibly proud of the standard of our writing. In history, we learned about the common crimes of poaching, smuggling and highway robbery in the Stuart era. We worked in teams to learn why these crimes were common in society at this time and how they were punished. We then applied this knowledge to understand the trends in the unfair treatment of the poor and the targeting of the rich across both the medieval and Stuart eras. In R.E. we used our understanding of Jesus's great commandments and the Ten commandments to design our own rules to ensure that people live with freedom and justice.
Kestrel Star of the Week: We celebrated with Carter this week as he has been working incredibly hard on his writing and has produced an excellent narrative text showing great maturity and improved technical competence. Well done Carter!
Friday 26th November 2021
The hardworking Kestrels have smashed another week of learning!
In literacy, we have started to write our narratives based on 'The Highwayman' by Alfred Noyes. We have all chosen different main characters and have been working hard to ensure that we re-tell the story from our characters perspective. In maths, we have been learning how to use long division. We have been generating division facts using a range of mental strategies as well as completing our calculations accurately.
In R.E. we compared the ten commandments from the old testament with the two great commandments from Jesus in the new testament. We then considered how following these commandments might bring freedom and justice for Christians. In history, we learned about the gruesome punishment for treason used to punish the perpetrators of the gunpowder plot in the Stuart era.
In music, we appraised and compared two more old school hip hop tracks before perfecting our performance of this terms rap - 'The Fresh Prince of Bel Air'
Kestrel Star of the Week : This week we celebrated with Sianne. Sianne is not only an amazing member of our class but is an incredible writer who has been working extremely hard on her narrative this week. Well done Sianne!
Friday 19th November 2021
Another varied week in Kestrel class. In maths, we have been working on our formal methods of division learning how to interpret remainders when solving word problems. In literacy, we have been planning our narrative based on 'The Highwayman' and in reading we have been learning how to make comparisons across a text.
In history, we started to learn about crime and punishment in the stuart era. We learned all about the crime of witchcraft and how the witch hunters identified and punished witches. In R.E. we reflected upon the meaning of the ten commandments and considered: why they were needed; which commandments would be hardest to adhere to and which commandments would make the biggest difference to society.
On Thursday, we enjoyed reading with our buddies from Herons class and we ended the week with a visit from our local PCSOs where we discussed keeping safe locally focusing on road and personal safety.
Kestrel Star of the Week: This week we celebrated with Emily; Emily is an amazing learner in our class. She is always pushing herself to deliver her best and produces work to an exceptionally high standard - well done Emily.
Friday 12th November 2021
We have been working hard in Kestrels this week. In literacy we have been learning how to use semi-colons and a range of relative pronouns before applying these to our narrative writing. In maths, we have been solving multi-step problems using long multiplication before exploring the language of division. In history, we learned how the actions of Henry VIII impacted crime and punishment in tudor times, while in R.E. we applied our knowledge of the story of Moses to the big question of 'How can following God provide freedom and Justice?
In science, we started to explore the components of an electrical circuit and in PSHE, we learned strategies to stand up to bullying behaviour.
On Thursday, we joined the rest of the school for our special remembrance service lead by The Royal British Legion. A special mention must go to Yoann, Elizabeth and Georgie who made wonderful contributions to this service.
Kestrel Star of the Week: We celebrated with Jack this week who has been making a significant effort to join in with class discussions this week which has made improvements in his independent work - well done Jack!
Friday 5th November 2021
Kestrels have had a fantastic start back to the new term. In guided reading, we have been immersing ourselves in our new focus text 'The Highwayman' by Alfred Noyes. We have been enjoying the drama and tragedy contained within this ballad poem and are looking forward to using it to inspire our narrative writing over the next few weeks.
In maths, we have been perfecting our skills in long multiplication. We have become fluent in our formal written methods and we have also been reasoning and problem solving. In science, we looked at the history of electricity before we start to learn about circuits, while in R.E, we started our new topic 'People of God.' The special person that we learned about this week was Moses. In music we started to look at a different genre of music - Old school hip hop with a particular focus on the 'The Fresh Prince of Bel Air! We enjoyed appraising the style of music and this particular song before learning to sing and perform it.
Our P.E. focus this term is football and cross country. You can see some action shots of us on the pitch below!
Kestrel Star of the Week: We celebrated with George this week, who has excelled in his history and RE assessments as well as producing some phenomenal writing this week! Great job George, we are really proud of you!
Friday 22nd October 2021
Kestrel class had a wonderful week of learning for their last week of term. In literacy, we completed our setting descriptions of the city scene from the short novel 'Way Home' by Libby Hathorn. In maths, we worked on multi-step worded problems and in R.E. we considered the messages from the 'Sermon on the mount' in relation to charitable giving.
We also completed our ICT unit on coding where the children learned how to use timers and countdowns as well as functions to design a series of games. The children were great at debugging their codes and working collaboratively to ensure that we all enjoyed success. In music, we learned all about pop ballads. We listened and appraised a range of ballads from the 50's to modern day with a particular focus on the artist Adele. The children learned how to identify a pop ballad by understanding its features before learning to sing, play musical parts on the glockenspiel and improvise music. Finally, in art, we produced some amazing watercolour cityscape silhouettes by applying our skills of using harmonising colours .
Kestrel Star of the Week - we celebrated with Taylan this week who has been working particularly hard on his written presentation recently with excellent results - great job Taylan!
Friday 15th October 2021
Another great week for Kestrels this week as we moved on to look at a specific type of punishment from the Tudor times. Having learned all about a scold's bridle we went on to infer what this type of punishment might indicate about how society viewed women during this era. In literacy, we have been improving our writing skills by refining our use of adverbials and prepositions as well as developing our ability to write cohesively, and in maths we have been learning about formal methods of addition and subtraction for whole and decimal numbers.
In art, we completed some amazing prints inspired by the street artist Banksy and in R.E, we were reflecting on what Jesus would do about being generous - we learned about four Christian charities and considered how the teachings from the sermon on the mount may inspire Christians to support a given charity. We have also been working hard on our gymnastic skills this week focusing on controlling balances while using a range of equipment - have a look at us in action below!
Kestrels Star of the Week - We celebrated with Lara this week, who is an amazing learner in our class. There isn't s single lesson where Lara isn't thinking carefully and producing her best work. However, this week I have been so impressed with Lara's growing confidence and competence in maths. Well done Lara!
Friday 8th October 2021
This week, we have started to look at setting descriptions in literacy. We have analysed our model text by unpicking key features and have worked on writing using personification. In maths, we have started to look at adding and subtracting larger integers and in reading we spent some time developing our predicting skills by ensuring that we justified our thinking with evidence both stated or implied.
We took part in a virtual question and answer session with Sir Robert Winston this week and were thrilled when some of our questions were selected to be answered. In science, we explained how nutrients are transported around our body while in history we learned about crime and punishment in Norman times and considered how unfair the justice system was at the time for the poorer members of society.
In PSHE, we learned some skills to help us be more assertive while in French we were focusing on the appropriate pronunciation of words ending with a consonant and applying these to expressions that describe us.
We ended the week with a wonderful return to St Bartholomews church to take part in our Harvest festival service. As a school we were reflecting on how to be thankful for and respectful of our planet. Kestrels service contribution was an environment rap which the children learned and performed well.
Friday 1st October 2021
We completed some excellent learning this week. In our reading lessons we used our inference skills to draw conclusions about the personalities of a range of different characters from our class novel 'Outlaw' by Michael Morpurgo. In literacy, we completed our character descriptions of 'The Sheriff of Nottingham' - we made him sound suitably threatening! Whilst in maths, we moved onto understanding negative numbers. To support our conceptual understanding of what happens when you add and subtract negative number we used a number line based game involving hot air balloons, puffs of air and sandbags - See our photos to find out more!
In History, we found out just how little is recorded about our country's legendary character Robin Hood and we started to understand how bias and perspective can influence how historical events are recorded. In R.E. we considered what Jesus would do to make the world a better place by applying our knowledge of the sermon on the mount to current world problems.
In art this week, we further developed our skills of perspective drawing by producing some fabulous perspective ink paintings of Venice. I think we have some budding artists in our midst!
Kestrel Star of the Week: Congratulations goes to Elizabeth this week. Elizabeth only joined us a few weeks ago but has already made a big impact on the class in terms of her contribution to learning! Well done Elizabeth!
Friday 24th September 2021
We completed another packed week of learning in Kestrel class. In literacy, we learned how to write cohesively to deepen our level of description for our character descriptions before innovating a description of the outlaw Robin Hood. In maths, we have moved on from ordering decimals to look at rounding whole numbers. We have been working hard to improve our reasoning skills, using key sentence stems to support us in our explanations.
On Tuesday we took part in a careers in the classroom live session with a former warrant officer who shared his experiences of serving in the Royal Artillery having joined as a school leaver aged 16. The children asked some great questions and reflected well on the various aspects of a career in the military.
In science, we conducted predictions about the impact of various forms of exercise on our heart rate and in R.E. we learned about the Christian charity ' The leprosy mission and how their work reflects the way in which Christians put Gospel teaching into practice. In PSHE we learned how to stay safe online by maintaining healthy online relationships.
On Thursday, we completed our second reading buddies session with Heron's class - we think their reading is getting better and better - well done Herons!
Kestrel Star of the Week: We celebrated with Yoann this week, who is a real inspiration when it comes to learning in our class. Yoann never stops pushing himself to deliver work to an exceptional standard and we are so proud of his achievements - Well done Yoann!
Friday 17th September 2021
Kestrel class completed an excellent week of learning this week. In history, we learned about crime and punishment in the Anglo-Saxon and Viking era. We learned all about trials by ordeal and the concept of compensation by paying 'weregild' that was used at this time. In science, we learned all about the digestive system and had great fun using models to improve our understanding of how food travels through our bodies and nutrients are absorbed.
In Maths, we were looking at ordering numbers upto 10 million before understanding the value of decimal numbers while in literacy we were working on a range of skills to improve our descriptive writing - namely expanded noun phrases and figurative language.
In P.E. we developed our balancing skills in gymnastics and commenced netball by looking at a range of passing techniques. As part of our study of gospel texts in R.E we looked at how Christians may choose to interpret healing miracles.
It was great to take part in our first singing assembly of the year too - re-familiarising ourselves with some of our favourite songs.
Kestrel Star of the Week: We celebrated with Tillie this week, who has been an amazing example to us all of how to learn in Kestrel class. Tillie is always listening and contributing to class discussions and is thus able to move her learning forward - well done Tillie!
Friday 10th September 2021
It was lovely to welcome the children back to school on Monday and Kestrels class settled into a busy first week. In history, we started our study of crime and punishment through the ages by learning all about the Roman era. We found out that the Romans used extremely harsh punishments to deter crime and we learned about the gruesome details of crucifixion.
In R.E. we started to learn about Gospel texts and focused in particular on 'The sermon on the mount.' We completed our own interpretation of the teachings that Jesus made and we began to consider how Christians reflect upon their own actions by considering the question 'What would Jesus do?'
In science, we reviewed our understanding of the skeleton, muscles and digestive system before looking at the heart and explaining how it works.
In literacy, we assessed our spellings and our ability to write a character description as well as using our predicting skills in reading to think about our new class novel. In maths we started to explore the value of numbers upto and beyond a million.
We enjoyed our first gymnastics lesson with our new sports coach on Thursday before completing art where we learned about perspective drawing. We ended the week thinking about negotiation and compromise in PSHE and set ourselves our own independent targets to improve our ability to do this.
Star of the Week: Congratulations to Henry, who has had a fantastic start to the term. Henry has been a real role model for focused learning in all areas of the curriculum this week - well done Henry!
Congratulations must also go to our newly appointed house captains and vice captains.
Red - Captain Lara Vice George
Blue - Captain Ethan Vice Carter
Green - Captain Georgie Vice Charlotte
Yellow - Captain Emily Vice Sophie