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Term 6

Key information:

This term Kestrel Class will have P.E on a Tuesday and Friday. Please ensure that they wear their P.E clothes to school on these days. For the first two weeks we will be going swimming daily. Please ensure that children have appropriate swimming clothing and a towel. 

 

Enquiry Overview:

Are plants alive?

 

Once, in a house on Egypt Street, there lived a china rabbit named Edward Tulane. The rabbit was very pleased with himself, and for good reason: he was owned by a girl named Abilene, who treated him with the utmost care and adored him completely. And then, one day, he was lost…

 

This term, we will be following the journey of a very extraordinary rabbit. We will follow him through land, sea and everything in between. We will watch him as he learns the important lesson of how to love.

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Week 5

This week has been an incredibly busy week! We had lots of fun during sports day in our teams. Everyone tried their best in all of the different activities and persevered.

In DT, most of us have almost finished our key rings and have learnt to sew around the edge of material.

We had a busy week in English where we wrote non-chronological reports and narratives about the story Dogger. We used the internet to research plants and used the information we found to write our non-chronological reports.

On Friday afternoon, we went to Owl Class to share our chapters of Edward Tulane. The children really enjoyed listening to them.

Week 4

This week we had our school trip at We the Curious. It was great fun exploring all of the different activities. We especially liked the hamster wheel, the giant bubbles and the shadow photographs.

We also got to go Brimsham Secondary School for a sports event led by Year 9 children. We got to take part in shot putt, football, badminton and rounders. We had lots of fun and learnt some new skills.

In DT lessons we are making our own fabric key rings. We have designed them and made our own patterns to help us cut out the felt. We had to persevere when tying knots because it was challenging. We have now learnt how to sew on a button!

In English, we have finished writing our own chapter about Edward Tulane. We have remembered to use noun phrases, alliteration, similes and the power of three to make them interesting to read.

 

Week 3

We have had an incredibly busy week and I can’t believe that we are in week 3 already! This week the children began our science topic on light and have been thinking about light sources and reflection.

In English lessons the children are having a go at writing their own version of chapter 15 for the story of Edward Tulane. They are trying really hard to remember to include figurative language.

In maths this week we have continued our work on 2D shapes. We had a go at practically sorting them. The children have become more confident using vocabulary such as parallel, perpendicular, corners and sides to help them describe shapes.

Linked to our topic of Edward Tulane, Kestrel Class have deigned their own toys which they will start to make next week.

Week 1

What a brilliant start to Term 6! This week Kestrel Class have been incredibly busy. We have had the opportunity to go swimming every afternoon for two weeks. Everyone is trying incredibly hard to listen carefully to their instructors to help themselves learn to swim. Although we had lots of children who had never swum before, we now have lots of water confident children! Hopefully by next week we may even have some distance badges.

 

In English, we have been reading our new book called ‘Edward Tulane’ which is all about a china rabbit. We have had some very impressive character descriptions using similes, alliteration and the power of three. Everyone is trying really hard to use a variety of new words to make their writing interesting to read.

 

In maths, the children have finished their work on time. I have been really impressed by how quickly they have picked it up. Remember to keep asking them the time so they continue to practise their skills at home.

Term 5

Key information:

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

 

Enquiry Overview:

What makes a hero?

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Week 4

This week the children have had the chance to write their own stories based on Krindlekrax. They thought carefully about how to introduce their characters and settings as well as applying all the targets they have learnt in Year 3.

In music, the children had a brilliant time exploring a variety of different instruments including the drums and keyboards. They also performed some silent stories that were inspired by a music clip.

The children have started to learn how to tell the time to the nearest five minute. They did brilliantly following our Steps to Success to help them. I am sure they will continue to impress me next week when we apply our learning to ‘use it’ and ‘prove it’ questions.

Week 3

This week we have been incredibly busy preparing for our class assembly. I was really impressed by everyone and how confident they were sharing their work and saying their lines. I think everyone was impressed by how much learning we have done in less than three weeks.

 

This week we have continued our work on figurative language and the class have worked hard writing character descriptions about Ruskin and Elvis- characters from our class book. I was also really impressed with the use of similes they used during their story writing this week.

 

During our maths lessons the children had fun collecting their own data and drawing their own bar charts. Although these are tricky to draw, lots of the children successfully used the steps to success to help them to enable them to be triumphant.

 

The children had a great time during P.E lessons this week climbing up the ropes and using the balance bars. I was really impressed with some of the children’s resilience. We also had a game of dodgeball with a focus to support each other. Kestrel did really well supporting each other and working as a team.

 

Year 3 also started learning about different instruments and how they are used to create different effects. They had great fun playing recorders during golden time and some children were even able to compose their own tunes!

Week 2

This week we have continued to read more of the book Krindlekrax which the children are thoroughly enjoying. We have had a go at drawing and painting Lizard Street using perspective. Although lots of children found it tricky, they persevered.

 

In maths, we have continued learning more about data and the children have confidently been interpreting bar charts. They have been finding the difference between some of the information by using their subtraction skills.

 

In English, we have begun to learn about figurative language so the children had a go at writing their own poems using similes and alliteration. They also wrote some great stories and instructions from the animations they made last week.

Week 1

What a brilliant start to this terms topic! The children have really enjoyed listening to the story of Krindlekrax and have produced some fantastic watercolour pictures of the main character, Ruskin. They also had a go at writing their own versions of the first chapter using perfect past tense which was challenging but Kestrel Class were successful.

We had our first gymnastic session with Bristol sport this week where the children practised their balancing and jumping skills. We then practised our team work in dodgeball on Friday, where the children have shown great collaboration.

In maths, Kestrel Class have begun learning about data. They were brilliant at finding the difference between values on a tally chart as well as think of some of their own questions.

On Friday we had our Wow day and the class had lots of fun making their own animations. Although it didn’t always go smoothly, they overcame their problem and each group managed to complete them. We hope you enjoy watching them!

Wow animations

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Wow day animations

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Term 4

Key information:

This term Kestrel Class will have P.E on a Tuesday and Friday. Please ensure that they wear their P.E clothes to school on these days. We are lucky enough to have some morning P.E sessions running on a Tuesday, which also links to other areas of the curriculum. 

 

Enquiry Overview:

Are all rocks the same?

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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. 

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Week 5

This week the children have been learning all about ordering and comparing fractions including ones with the same and different denominators. They also began learning to find equivalent fractions which is a tricky concept to get your head around. They were able to use our new fraction resources to support their learning.

In writing the children were really creative in their prove it writes, creating their own stories using inspiration from a picture. During spelling lessons we have been focusing on the suffix –ation which has been a little challenging.

We continued to choreograph our dance during P.E and Kestrel Class had lots of fun creating a bear scene. We also continued looking at the Stone Age where we ordered a time line.

Week 4

Kestrel Class have had a busy week continuing to learn about the Stone Age. They have been using their learning about past and present progressive tense applying this to some fantastic story writing. They have been trying incredibly hard to make their writing interesting for the reader.

In maths the children have been solving some challenging problems involving fractions. In dance class we have started to choreograph our Stone Age dance and the children had lots of fun pretending to go hunting and shoot a deer. They worked really collaboratively.

 

Week 3

What an exciting week! We had our Wow day on Monday which was a Stone Age forest school session. Kestrel Class had lots of fun learning how to light a fire, build a tepee, make a clay pot and grind flour. Some of them even got the chance to throw a spear and fire a bow and arrow. Everyone had a fantastic morning.

In English the children learnt about progressive tense and have been trying hard to apply it to their writing. They also wrote some brilliant letters to say thank you to Jane and Tim for our Wow day.

Kestrel Class have continued to impress me with their maths learning finding non-unit fractions of amounts. They are trying really hard to follow the steps to success to help them.

Everyone really enjoyed learning about different stones we had a look around our school and then the children worked in pairs to try and identify the different types of stones.

Week 2

Kestrel Class have been working very hard this week finding out all about what Stone Age people wore and the weapons they used. They have even had a go at writing their own stories set in the Stone Age which they have tried hard to apply all their targets to.

 

In guided reading sessions, we have been enjoying learning all about Mary Anning through the story ‘Stone Girl, Bone Girl’. The children have been practising using A.P.E to help them answer questions.

 

In maths, the class have continued learning about fractions. This week they have been learning how to find fractions of amounts and have confidently answered lots of different use it questions.

 

In P.E the children took on two different tasks; one which challenged their change of direction and the other their catching and throwing skills. They really impressed me with their enthusiasm even when they found it challenging.

Week 1

Welcome back to a new term. This week we have begun our learning about the Stone Age and have been acting out parts of our new book ‘Stone Age Boy’. We have also been researching using the internet to find out what people in the Stone Age used to live in. In writing they had a go at using paragraphs in their writing to show a change of time and place as well as applying all their other targets.

In maths Kestrel class have been learning how to add and subtract fractions and tackled the use it and prove it questions with a growth mind-set.

On Friday, the children learnt all about what a purple learner is. They talked about challenging themselves, what blockers and movers are and how to support others.

Enquiry Overview:

Where is home?

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Week 6

As always our week has been incredibly busy finishing off everything from this terms topic. The children have created some brilliant collages showing a beach scene of Tobago. They also rose to the challenge of creating a collage depicting what home means to them. They created miniature houses with lots of detail inside, I was very impressed. In writing Kestrel class have been working hard to apply complex sentences to their use it and prove it work. They also published their favourite piece of writing for our class display, this took a lot of perseverance to ensure there were no mistakes. The class really enjoyed their final handball session where they played some matches against each other. The collaboration of each team really impressed me.

Week 5

This week in Kestrel class have been busy learning new skills. In writing they have been learning about Target 7 which is writing complex sentences using before, after, when, while and because. They did really well remembering when to use a comma. In maths they have begun to look at unit and non-unit fractions. I was really impressed with how quickly they understood the difference between the denominator and numerator. As our topic is ‘Where is home?’ the children have all been busy planning their own house collages to show what home means to them. They have been very creative making 3D things to put into them.

This week we also had safer internet day where the children were learning about permission and how to stay safe online.

Week 3

This week Kestrel have been very busy with their learning. They have been practising their division skills and applying them to a range of problems. In writing the children have been using their targets to write narratives. I have been really impressed by how many of their targets they have used correctly. In art we have been looking at collages of different Tobago scenes. The class have begun making their own collages and they are already looking fantastic.

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Week 2

This week the children have worked hard learning how to divide large numbers using a new method. Although it was tricky, they persevered and were successful! In English we have continued learning about apostrophes and have tried to use them for singular possession. As well as this they wrote stories based on the short film the catch. Everyone tried really hard to include as many targets as they could but also ensured it was interesting to read.

In enquiry lessons, Kestrel class practised their research skills where they were finding out how animals had adapted to the different biomes that they lived in. They also thought carefully about what we would need if we visited the different biomes.

During our P.E lessons the children had fun learning some new games to practise the skills required for handball. We also practised linking movements together to create sequences in gymnastic where we had to think carefully about transitions between the skills. 

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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