In English this week we are: Writing stories using the film 'Toy Story' for inspiration. Please see spelling diaries for the weekly spelling/phonic focus.
In maths this week we are: Year1: Written methods of adding and subtracting. Year 2: Written methods of addition and subtraction.
Welcome to Kestrel Class
We have been busy finding out about Antarctica this week. What an amazing place!
This afternoon we have spent some time looking at photographs of Antarctica. We have used the photos to create our own Antarctic scenes using pastels and water colour paints.
Summer Term 2017
Welcome back to school. This term, we will explore the enquiry question
'Would I rather be hot or cold?'
We will learn about the climate across the world and study two areas in detail: Antarctica and Africa.
Spring term 2017
Well done to everyone in Kestrel Class for a fantastic performance in the celebration assembly.
Fizz Pop Science Day
Kestrel Class have had a fantastic day learning about Hair Raising Electrons.
We started the day in a whole school assembly led by Alice from Fizz Pop Science.
Alice then led a workshop in Kestrel class where we learnt about Electricity. We tested materials and decided if they were conductors or insulators.
We used balloons to create static electricity. The balloons seemed to follow us around.
We then used a Van de Graaff generator to make our hair stand on end!
Miss Stocker's hair went wild!
It was a great day!
World Book Day Fun
Stop everything and read...
Finding a new book to take home
Class visit to The Radstock Musem
Kestrel class had a fantastic time on Tuesday when they visited The Radstock Museum. They took part in a lesson in the Victorian school. The teacher was quite scary!
Here are some pictures of the day.
The children then visited the Victorian shop and mine.
Thank you to Mrs Sugg, Miss Stocker, Mrs Paradise and Mrs Cox for supporting the children throughout the visit.
Parents - Thank you for dressing the children up. They all looked great in their costumes.
What a busy half term!
Gym with Mr Hyde
We finished the half term with a super session using the gym equipment in the hall.
It was a super session. Thank you Mr Hyde.
We have been learning about the life of Florence Nightingale. As part of a focus on writing diary entries, we learnt about the significant events in her amazing life and acted them out.
Florence telling her parents that she wanted to be a nurse.
Florence training to be a nurse in Germany.
Florence taking care of the soldiers in the Crimean war (with her lamp).
Florence being awarded the Royal Red Cross by Queen Victoria.
We created freeze frames and discussed how Florence might have been feeling in each frame.
We then wrote diary entries as if we were Florence Nightingale. Some of us have put our writing on the writing wall in the classroom.
This week we have been continuing our learning about the Jewish faith. We have been finding out about the period 'Rosh Hashanah' and the celebration that finishes it 'Yom Kippur'.
This is the celebration of the Jewish New Year; we have learnt about the special food that is eaten; the services that are held in the synagogue and about people making up for anything they have done wrong in the past year, before asking for god's forgiveness.
To get a taste of these celebrations the children made Shofar horns, which are blown a hundred times a day during Rosh Hashanah and Challah bread, which is eaten with apples and honey at Yom Kippur.
Our topic this term focuses on the question 'How can I be a time traveller?'
We will be finding out about significant historical events including The Great Fire of London.
Friday 13th January 2017
Weekend fact finding mission...
Do you have a spare few minutes this weekend?
Can you find some facts about The Great Fire of London?
Bring your facts to school on Monday.
We started the day with a wonderful magic show from Malcolm the Magician. It was great fun and we really enjoyed watching and joining in with his amazing tricks.
We then made hats ready for our party lunch.
Then it was time for our delicious party lunch in the hall.
We spent the afternoon dancing and playing party games in the hall.
At the end of the day we had a special visitor...
It was a great day!
Sharing our puppet theatres
As promised in our celebration assembly, we have shared our fantastic puppet theatres with the children in Owls class.
Thank you Owls Class for coming!
Steve Manning - Storyteller
On Tuesday Steve Manning, a professional story teller visited Keinton Mandeville. He spent the afternoon with Kestrel class telling his wonderful stories. We heard about a King who wanted to touch the moon, about a lazy boy called Jack and also listened to a beautiful story about Anansi Spider.
We spent some time creating some freeze frames to show the different parts of each story.
This week, we have been designing and making puppet theatres. Each theatre is designed for a story.
We are looking forward to sharing our puppet shows with Owls Class.
What a fantastic half term Kestrel Class - Happy half term holiday!
In Maths we have been adding and subtracting using number lines and Numicon. Here are some examples of our work.
In English, we have been using our senses to explore Autumn. We went outside and thought about what we could see, feel, hear and touch.
We used amazing adjectives to describe Autumn.
crunchy leaves shiny conkers
crisp mornings relaxing birdsong
We then wrote some super sentences to describe what we can feel, see, hear and touch.
Can you spot the amazing adjectives?
Great work Kestrel Class - Keep it up!
Settling into Kestrel Class
The children have settled into Kestrel Class beautifully and have been very busy exploring the classroom. The quiet reading castle is a popular spot along with our role play area which is currently a market stall.
In English, we are continuing to practise our storytelling techniques using actions and story maps to help us.
We have learnt a story called 'Monkey See, Monkey Do' written by Pie Corbett. The story describes how a group of monkeys cause a hat seller a number of problems because 'what a monkey sees, a monkey does'.
Here we are wearing hats to get into the storyteller role.
We have written our own 'Monkey see, monkey do' stories this week.
We are learning to write super sentences with capital letters, full stops, finger spaces and amazing adjectives. We are very proud of our writing!
In Maths, we have been focusing on Place value. We have spent time counting and ordering numbers, writing numerals and partitioning numbers into tens and ones.
We have enjoyed using dienes rods, Numicon and bead strings to help us understand the value of each number.
Welcome back to a new school year in Kestrel Class. The Autumn term is always exciting and I have been busy getting the classroom ready for the new term.
How can I be a great storyteller?
Our topic this term is 'How can I be a great storyteller?'. To begin the topic, I would like to invite you all to bring your favourite story to school to share with your new class. I have got my story ready and I am looking forward to sharing it with you all soon.