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In English this week we are learning to retell the story of Monkey see, Monkey do. We will be retelling the story using actions to help us remember the pattern and sequence of the story. We will use story maps to write the story. Please see spelling diaries for weekly word lists to practise and learn.
In maths this week we are focusing on Place Value and shape: We will be identifying the value of the digit in 1, 2 and 3 digit numbers. With Mrs Sugg, we will be identifying and describing 2D and 3D shapes.

Welcome to Kestrel Class

 A new school year - Autumn Term 2018

Welcome back to Kestrel Class. I hope that you have all had a great summer holiday with plenty of sunshine.

I am really looking forward to seeing you all on Tuesday and welcoming you into our classroom. I have lots of fun and exciting activities planned for the next few weeks. 

See you soon!

Mrs Bird




New topic - Our Environment

For the rest of the year, Kestrel Class will be focusing on the Environment. We will begin by exploring our own school environment and thinking of how we care and look after our grounds. 


Class Visit to The S.S. Great Britain - Wednesday 21st February 2018

We had a fantastic day exploring one of Brunel's finest creations, The S.S.Great Britain.

We started the day exploring the dry dock.


We then had a picnic lunch - it was rather chilly but very sunny!

We then split into groups to explore the ship and complete our workshop titled 'Brunel - Our Engineering Hero'. 


In the workshop, we learnt how Brunel built his ship and used some of the tools that would have been used.


The launch of the S.S Great Britain in 1843.


 A first look at L.S. Lowry and his paintings.

We imagined that we were inside the painting and thought carefully about the following questions...

What can we see?

What can we hear?

What can we smell?

How are we feeling?






January 2018

Welcome back to school and the beginning of a new term in Kestrel Class.


Class Topic: Take One Picture

Our topic for the term has an Art focus, where we will use a picture to inspire our learning across the curriculum. This is a focus for the whole school.

In Kestrel class, we will focus on paintings by L.S. Lowry beginning with The Children's Playground.


Thursday 23rd and Friday 24th November

 Kestrel Class design and make their own carnival float parade



We are looking forward to sharing our work with you during Friday's Celebration Assembly.


Carnival comes to Kestrel Class

Our focus for the term is Carnival. I am sure that many of you will be visiting one of the local towns over the next few weeks to enjoy the delights of Carnival in Somerset.

Please take some photographs and bring them to school to share with the rest of the class.

Thank you!

Kestrel Class visit to Longleat Safari Park Thursday 12th October

What a fantastic day! We started the day with a guided tour around the safari park. Kara (our guide) knew everything about the animals and answered all our questions.






After lunch, we walked to the Education Room and enjoyed learning about animals and their senses with James and Alessandra. We got to meet some of the animals.




We then caught the boat to Gorilla Island to see the sea lions, hippos and Gorillas.



It was a brilliant day.


Autumn Poetry

These are the poems that we wrote for the Harvest Assembly.

Lovely leaves are colourful

Everywhere apples are on the trees

Amazing leaves are floating down

Vegetables growing in the soil

Everyone is excited for harvest

Summer is over, Autumn is here


Leaves all shiny and clean

Everybody is excited about Autumn

Amazing leaves floating down

Very big conkers

Enormous pile of leaves to play with

Shadows are coming


Harvest the wheat

Apples are real and shiny

Ripe fruits ready to eat

Very shiny plums in the tree

Everywhere there are plums

Shiny and juicy strawberries in the bushes

Trees changing colour for Autumn


Huge pumpkins growing

Apples growing on trees

Radishes growing in the soil

Vegetables violet colours

Everybody loves harvest

Stew bubbling in a pot

Tomatoes rounder than an orange


Peppers are getting picked

Underground carrots are being picked

Mud is getting soggy

Pumpkins growing in the ground

Kind people selling their fruit

Inside there are lots of seeds

New vegetables being planted


Tomatoes are as juicy as an orange

Cauliflowers as white as snow

Bright orange shiny pumpkins

Carrots as sweet as sugar.


Inside a pumpkin its hollow like a tree

Cauliflowers as white as a snowflake

Green and red grapes like Christmas lights

Carrots as orange as the sun

Tomatoes red like traffic lights!


We hope you have enjoyed reading our Harvest poetry.


Story telling with Arabella Storyteller and Thannisara Story Sharer

Arabella and Thannisara told us the story of The Keep em waiting King.

It was a fantastic story that we retold again and again later that week.

 September 2017

Welcome back. I hope that you have all had a wonderful summer (despite the weather). I am really looking forward to a new year in Kestrel Class.


We begin the year with a topic focus on Animals. I found a great book on my summer travels which I will share with you all on Tuesday to get us started.


See you all on Tuesday!




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