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Welcome to Kestrel Class 1

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Term 3

Key information:

Kestrel Class will have PE on a Tuesday and a Friday this term. Please ensure that they wear their P.E clothes to school on these days. 

Enquiry Overview:

Where is home?

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Spring Week 1

Wow, this week has been incredibly busy and lots of learning has taken place! Kestrel Class have been amazing learners this week and have been showing the skills of Purple Learners in all our lessons. In Maths we have started learning about multiplication, where we have used counters and jottings to help us solve some tricky problems. In English we have started target 7 which is using apostrophes for contractions. We also read our new book 'Gregory Cool' which we used have used to inspire our letter writing.

In enquiry we learnt all about the different biomes around the world and produced some amazing writing explaining the differences between them. As well as this, we learnt about the different food groups that we eat and designed our own eat well plates.

On our Wow day there were lots of wonderful smells drifting through our classroom while we were preparing our Caribbean curry. Everyone was fantastic using the knives to chop all the different ingredients. The curry and our mango drink was a success with some of our class, a few even had seconds! During the morning we also created some amazing flags using tissue paper. We had to persevere because they took a long time but we were successful.



Term 2

Key information:

Kestrel Class will have PE on a Monday and a Friday this term. Please ensure that they wear their P.E clothes to school on these days. 


Enquiry Overview:

What are mummies and how were they made?

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Week 6

This week in maths we have been solving one and two step word problems for addition and subtraction, these were fun but tricky. We have also learnt about inverses and how we can check our answers ourselves. In English we have learnt our new target T2 using inverted commas. We really impressed Miss Kearn by remembering all the steps to success. In guided reading we learnt all about hieroglyphics and how scribes had to train for many years. In art we finished our Egyptian paintings ready for our Egyptian display.

 Our carol service in on Tuesday afternoon so we have been practising this week. We need to remember to bring in our costume for Monday.

Week 5

This week we have been working hard on our painting skills using watercolour paints. We had to mix different shades of the colours only using the black, white and primary colours, it was quite tricky. 

In maths we have continued to practise subtraction and have all had a go at trying use it and prove it questions. Even though they were challenging we persevered. 



Week 4

What another busy week! This week we having been using adverbs of time to help us write instructions for Egyptian bread and how to mummify a tomato. We did of course have to mummify some tomatoes first to help us write our instructions, this was great fun. We have continued learning about subtraction in maths and have been using dienes or drawings to help us exchange. 

Week 3

This week we have learnt about adverbs of time and we have been trying to use them in our writing. We wrote some brilliant recounts about the ten plagues. In guided reading we have been answering lots of questions about our class story ‘Marcy and the Riddle of the Sphinx'. In maths we have started subtraction using concrete resources. We have been learning about the Egyptians where we looked at a timeline and found out about how they used to live. In art we practised using primary and secondary colours. In Jigsaw we worked as teams to create different letter, we were great at collaborating!

Week 2

We have had another busy week with lots of learning taking place. This week the class finished their maps of the school as well as their maps of Egypt. They worked really hard on these and they look great. In maths we have continued to learn about addition but we have been practising carrying tens and ones this week. Although this is quite difficult, everyone used a growth mindset. In English we have continued to read Marcy and the Riddle of the Sphinx. We have been using adverbs of manner this week which is part of target 3. 

Week 1

This week we have started our new topic about Egyptians. We have read some of the new book 'Marcy and the Riddle of the Sphinx' we are very excited to find out what happens next. We have also begun to work on addition using concrete resources to help us with the column method. 

On Friday, we had our Wow day where we all dressed up as Egyptians. We had a lot of fun trying all the different activities. 

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Enquiry Overview:

Are magnets magic?

Leon and the Place Between

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Week 8

This week the children have worked really hard to publish their writing and create pieces of artwork for our display of Leon and the Place Between. 

Week 7

This week we have been working really hard in English and have written some brilliant innovated stories using inspiration from Leon and the Place Between. We worked hard to include our targets of noun phrases and commas in a list.

In science we investigated which materials are magnetic and had lots of discussions about why a material might be magnetic. We also had a go at drawing doves, using our cross hatching skills. We had to use our perseverance skills because it was very challenging.

We really enjoyed maths this week ordering numbers in descending and ascending order. We also had some tricky problems to solve in pairs but we worked together and were successful.

In gymnastics we worked really hard on learning lots of different rolls and we started to learn how to do a headstand.

Week 6

This week we have been really busy in all of our lessons. In maths we enjoyed learning about how to partition 3-digit numbers in lots of different ways, using counters to help us. We started working on Target 5 in writing which is using commas in a list. In science we had fun exploring how magnets work, we learnt that they can repel or attract each other. Miss Kearn was really impressed with our observational drawings of leaves where we used hatching, crosshatching and stippling to show the different textures and shades of the leaves. We also had a go at using clay to make poppies, this was very tricky but we persevered.

Week 5

In spelling we have been learning the prefixes 're-' and 'pre-' we have enjoyed spotting them in our reading. In English we continued writing about Leon and the Place Between using noun phrases. Have a look at the picture of our writing to read about Abdul Kazam. 

We lead the harvest assembly this week. We worked really hard to learn the story about stone soup. We did some brilliant acting and all of us were fantastic reading our lines. 

In science we discovered how different materials work to help the car travel. 



On Monday we had our Wow day where we did lots of science experiments. We loved making the lemon volcano, it exploded! We also looked at hover crafts made out of a CD and a balloon, we played with them to find out how they work. We got very mucky using cornflour, we found out that it is really sticky and we talked about if it was a solid or a liquid.

We have been learning about what gravity and friction is and we will be continuing this next week.

We have been looking at our new story called 'Leon and the Place Between'. We have been thinking about making our writing exciting by using noun phrases.

This week in maths we have looked at hundreds, tens and ones, we did really well because this was a new skills.

Week 3


This week in maths we have loved using the dienes and counters on a tens and ones grid. It made solving the questions fun! A man, who was called Nigel, came in to teach us singing. He was an expert at playing the piano and singing. We have continued our work on 'The Day the Crayons Quit.' We have had an awesome time mixing water colours to create different shades and invented something to help Pea Green Crayon to open the door. We also wrote our own ideas about how Pea Green Crayon could escape. 


'The Day the Crayons Quit' has been our focus for the first two weeks of term. We have enjoyed writing letters pretending to be Duncan and the crayons. We even acted out what the crayons might say to one another, we were really creative with this. Miss Kearn was really impressed with our collaboration during art. We created beautiful pictures as part of a group. Our first P.E lessons with the sports coaches were brilliant learning different games to help us with our gymnastic and netball skills.

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