Welcome to Kestrel Class!

This is the home to our Year 4 and Year 5 children.

Miss Armstrong is our class teacher and Miss Sharpe is our teaching assistant.

Weekly Home Learning

All home learning is due in on a Thursday and will be given out on a Friday. Every week, children will be expected to complete a maths activity and spelling practise. Please ensure children show pride in their presentation; this is a quality they should adhere to through their home learning, in line with the expectations at school.

Maths: the children will be given one maths task per week, which will be specific to their current in-class learning. This should be completed as independently as possible in order to embed skills and learning. The children should still access ‘Times Tables Rockstars’ in order to embed the rapid recall of their times tables.

Spelling: the children will be given a spelling grid at the start of each half term. This details the spellings that the children are expected to learn each week, as well as the spelling rule that is the focus. Spellings should be practised in accordance with their weekly spelling home learning guide, at the front of their home learning book. Spelling tests will be conducted every Friday morning; please ensure your child practises the spellings for the correct test date.

Reading: In Kestrel Class, we promote a love of reading! Reading strategies are taught in English lessons in line with our VIPERS approach. As part of your child’s homework, it is important to encourage him/her to read independently at home as much as possible. As your child is in Key Stage 2, please encourage him/her to read for sustained periods of time; an average of at least 15 minutes, three times a week. It is important that the children read a variety of material, such as fiction, non-fiction and poetry. If you discuss the book after your child has finished, this will help you to check his/her understanding of what has been read. Please sign and date your child’s reading record and number each session, to ensure your child receives the appropriate certificate or reward. The children are then responsible for changing their books, as necessary, during break times and allocated library sessions.

"So please, oh PLEASE, we beg, we pray, go throw your TV set away.

And in its place you can install, a lovely bookshelf on the wall."
- Roald Dahl

PE Lessons

Every Wednesday and Friday afternoon.

PE lessons will take place every Wednesday and Friday afternoon. All children will need to come dressed ready in their PE kits on these days.  Please ensure that all items of clothing, especially sweatshirts, are clearly labelled. Girls should have their hair tied back, if it is long. Earrings should be removed, for health and safety reasons. If your child is unable to take part in PE, due to physical injury, please contact the school office. 

Autumn Term 1

During the Autumn term, Kestrel Class with be studying 'The Ancient Greeks' as our History topic.  The class book and the English work will link to the topic work the children complete. The first class book to be studied is  'Who Let the Gods Out' by Maz Evans.

In maths, pupils will be studying number and place value, addition and subtraction, multiplication and division and fractions.

In PE, pupils will be improving their skills in TAG rugby and tennis skills during Autumn Term 1.  Yoga and Indoor Athletics will be the focus in Autumn Term 2

Pupils will be studying French in Autumn Term 1 as their modern language for the term. They will begin by learning how to greet each other, numbers to 20 and learning about basic gender agreement rules.  During Autumn Term 2, music becomes the focus with pupils focusing upon melodies and harmonies.

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Autumn Term 2

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Spring Term 1

During this half term, Kestrel Class will be studying 'Earth and Space' in their Science lessons. The class book and English work will link to the science work the children complete. The class book we will study is 'Cosmic' by Frank Cottrell-Boyce.

In maths, children will be studying fractions and multiplication and division.

We will be focussing on Italy in our geography lessons, looking specifically at land formation, plate tectonics, earthquakes and volcanoes, comparing this to our own region.

Other key learning this half term includes: vegetables in French (MFL), gymnastics and fitness in PE, monotypes in art, Christian community in RE, algorithms and debugging in computing and communication in personal development.

Kestrel Class Spring Term 1

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Spring Term 2

During this half term, Kestrel Class will be studying a short video called 'Lighthouse' in their English lessons. 

In maths, children will be continuing their work on fractions, before moving on to decimals and percentages.

Kestrel Class will be studying 'Animals including Humans' in their Science lessons. This will include learning about the digestive system, the function of our teeth and constructing and interpretening food chains. 

Other key learning this half term includes: outdoor athletics and dance in PE, making a healthy meal in DT, Christian communities in RE, coding in computing and keeping safe in PSHE.

Kestrel Class Spring Term 2

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Summer Term 1

During this half term, Kestrel Class will be studying the book 'Oh Maya Gods!' by Maz Evans, linking to our history topic on Ancient Maya. We will produce writing such as a setting description, an explanation text and a persuasive letter. 

In maths, children will study length, perimeter and area in Week 1, 2 and 3. In week 4, children will move onto statistics, before focussing on shape in Week 5 and 6.

In science, children will focus on the Animals including Humans unit, learning how humans change throughout their lifetime.

We will be focussing on Ancient Maya in our history lessons, looking specifically at who the Maya people were, when are where in the world they lived, and the reason they were so successful.

Other key learning this half term includes: Chez Moi (my home) in French, animation and website creation in computing, how drugs, common to everyday life, affect health in PSHE, pilgrimage in RE, set design in art and cricket and athletics in PE.

Kestrel Class Summer Term 1

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Summer Term 2

During this half term, Kestrel Class will be studying the books 'Malamander' by Thomas Taylor and a selection of poems from 'Midnight Feasts' by A. F. Harrold. We will produce writing such as a diary entry, biography and nonsense poem.

In maths, children will study decimals in Week 1, 2 and 3. We will move onto money in Week 4 and time in Week 5. Children will then study negative numbers in week 5 and volume in week 6. Consolidation of learning will be our focus for the remaining weeks. 

In science, children will focus on famous scientists and why their discoveries are so important in today's world.

We will be focussing on biomes and ecosystems in our geography lessons, looking specifically at the UK. We will complete a case study, discovering the diversity of trees, plants and animals. We will then plan fieldwork to be conducted.

Other key learning this half term includes: composing and chords in music, basketball and rounders in PE, computer science and coding in computing, set design in art, creating a book cover in DT and what jobs we would like in PSHE. 

We will also be spending some lessons learning about the different sporting events taking place this summer as part of our personal development lessons. 

Kestrel Class Summer Term 2

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Kestrel Class Chat - Year 5

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