Kestrels Class 2021 - 2022
This week we will be learning...
This week we will be; starting our class text The Mousehole Cat by Antonia Barber. We will be listening to the story before exploring the description of the storm within the text and using this to support us in writing our own shape poems about stormy seas.
Year 1: We will be beginning our work on Position and Direction this week - first of all focussing on describing turns and then looking at how to describe the position of an object in relation to another.
Year 2: We will be beginning our work on Position and Direction this week - first of all recapping on describing turns. We will then be moving on to describing the position of an object in relation to another as well as giving directions to each other to help locate an object using positional language.
Phonics and Spelling:
Year 1: Recapping Phase 5 by exploring the 'wh' sound.
Learning to read the tricky words - thought, any and saw. Beginning our revision of how to spell the tricky words from Phase 4 to ensure the children know the spelling patterns for this set.
Year 2: Continuing Phase 5 by learning the alternative pronunciations of 'oa'
Practising reading tricky words that we have previously learned. Practising spelling the tricky words - play, take and well.
Our theme - By the Seaside
This term our theme is called 'By the Seaside' and with a geography focus we have become Keinton Geographers once again. We began our theme be recapping on the four countries of the UK and their capital cities, which we are getting pretty good at remembering! The children then learned about the oceans, seas and channels which surround the UK, this linked back to when we learned about the continents and oceans before the Easter holidays.
The children`s next task was to learn what the word 'coast' meant and then how to be able to identify coastal locations using a map. The children were split into their year groups to focus on different objectives. The Year 1`s had a detailed map of the UK which they used to identify coastal locations and noted these down on a post it note. A competition quickly arose from the children to see how many coastal places each pair could find, and how many post it notes they could fill! The discussion between the children was brilliant as they worked together to find the coastal places, there was a lot of talk about whether the little black dot was right on the coastline or in land.
The Year 2`s had a similar task but they had different coloured post it notes based on the four countries and they had to find examples of coastal locations across all four countries. They also enjoyed their map work activity and were able to identify coastal places using the definition we had discussed at the beginning of the lesson.
This half term in Art our focus has been on developing our painting skills whilst using watercolours. We will be learning such as creating a wash, stippling, spraying and using salt and cling film to create different effects. The children will be then choosing the techniques they would like to create their own seascape. This will be in the next few weeks so keep an eye out for our final pieces, meanwhile here are some pictures from our first art lesson where we learned how to create a wash.
Science - Plants
This half term both Year 1 and Year 2 are looking at Plants as part of their science work. We started off with a thinking about what plants need to grow to be healthy, the children were able to recall that plants needed sunlight, water, soil and nutrients in order to be healthy. The Year 2`s then went outside to explore whether they could tell a plant was healthy or not, taking photos of plants which they thought were healthy as well as those they thought were unhealthy. They then split into groups of 5 in order to set up an experiment to explore the conditions needed to maintain a healthy plant. Each child was given a seed and a specific set of instructions of what their individual plant would be given as well as where they would be stored. Over the coming weeks the Year 2`s will monitor their plants growth and health before recording the data at the end of the 6 weeks to see which plant grew the best as well as which conditions helped the seed grow into a healthy plant.
The Year 1`s also set up an experiment to monitor the growth of a plant as well as to explore the parts of a plant by growing a bean plant in a clear plastic cup with some cotton wool so that we can observe it`s development from germination to plant. They also planted some sunflower seeds and we discussed the way in which seeds and bulbs are different. We related this to us as humans and that each plant has a different set of instructions (DNA) inside which tells the seed what it will grow into just like us. We will also monitor their growth and follow what we now know a plant needs to grow healthily to see if we can grown a healthy, and hopefully very tall sunflower plant!
Year 2 Maths
This week (06/06/22) the Year 2`s have been exploring Length and Height and practically using rulers and metre sticks to practise measuring accurately to the nearest centimetre. They enjoyed working in pairs to measure objects which were longer than a metre before measuring each other so that they were able to order themselves from shortest to tallest.
Platinum Jubliee Celebrations
This week (23/05/22) we immersed ourselves into preparing and learning about Her Majesty the Queen ready for her Platinum Jubilee. As part of our theme on Kings and Queens we learned about the life of Elizabeth II and the children could remember lots of facts about her and her reign. We decided that we would write letters to the Queen to congratulate her on her 70 years on the throne but to also to take the opportunity to tell her about ourselves and ask some questions to learn more about her. The children did a wonderful job and really thought very carefully about their presentation and what they wanted to say. The letters have been posted to Buckingham Palace and I am very hopeful that we get a response, if we do I know the children are going to be thrilled! Here are some examples of their letters;
We also created our own Andy Warhol style portraits of the Queen to create a Pop Art display which looks brilliant on our display board in the central area.
This week (16/05/22) we had a few new members of Kestrel Class arrive! Around 20 little caterpillars all snuggled up amongst their nettles settled in to their new home on our window. As part of our learning this week we have learned about the life cycle of a caterpillar and have done some wonderful caption writing based on the life cycle as well as to match the story of The Very Hungry Caterpillar. The children have been watching them excitedly all week, fascinated by the noises you can hear them make, the amount of nettles they have chomped through and the most exciting part we had our first caterpillar wiggle itself into a chrysallis. Although the highlight of the week was the shouts of, 'Miss Dibble there`s a caterpillar on the carpet!' and 'there`s one in the reading corner!' Clearly our caterpillars were very keen learners too! Hopefully we will have updates in the coming weeks as to the caterpillars progress towards becoming what we hope will be Tortoiseshell butterflies...
Design and Technology - Cooking
This week (16/05/22) we have been practising key skills within cooking, learning how to use knives correctly as well as learning how to peel and grate fruit and vegetables. The children started the session by watching a demonstration of the skills that we would be using, we talked about the safety aspects of each skill and how when using knives, graters and peelers we would have to be very conscious of those around us and being incredibly sensible. Each child was then put into a small group were they could practise each skill one by one to ensure their safety! They had a great time practising the skills and were very excited to take home the flapjacks we made using the apples and carrots we had chopped or grated.
Kestrels/Eagles Year 2`s trip to the Rural Life Museum
This week (w/b - 09/05/22) we headed out on our class trip to the Rural Life Museum in Glastonbury, the excitement levels were high and on the journey to Glastonbury the bus was filled with cries of 'cows', 'tractor' and 'I can see the Tor'.
Once we arrived at the museum we got the important business of snack out the way before splitting into two groups ready for our first activities. One group headed off on a self-guided tour of the museum with our clipboards and trail sheets in hand. We explored the artefacts throughout the museums with the children spotting items we had seen in our artefact session at school as well as trying to identify the uses of others. The children asked amazing questions as they tried to understand what objects could have been used for as well as deducing why certain objects were needed based on their prior learning.
We learned about the variety of jobs that people would have had to sustain a local community from the Victorian era to the present day. The children dressed in traditional farming style clothing for milkmaids and those flailing grain. We were able to have a go at flailing grain, sifting the grain and then grinding it to understand the process of how flour would have been made. Some of the children also got to wear a milkmaids yoke, they were surprised at how light it was until we explained that they would need to carry it with two full buckets of milk possibly from a field without losing any of the milk!
The children also enjoyed learning about the traditional farming calendar from the Victorian era and how, throughout the year there would have been no rest for the farmer as there were always jobs that needed doing!
They then learned that often there are several processes to take a simple product, such as milk, to another product. They explored the chain of milk to butter before having a go at making their own using double cream and a lot of energetic shaking!
As you can see we had a LOT of fun and members of the public visiting the museum said how wonderfully behaved they were and that it was lovely to see children so excited by their learning!
Year 1 Science
Over the last few weeks we have been focusing on our Science topic Animals Including Humans, learning about the different classifications of animals and the differences between the groups of animals. In our session this week (w/b - 03/05/22) we explored what animals eat and whether they could be classified as a carnivore, herbivore or omnivore. The children were each given a toy animal which they had to decide whether their animal mainly ate meat, plants or both before sorting it into our hula hoop venn diagram. The children worked together and had some really interesting conversations to help each other to decide on where they should sort their animal. Once they had had their initial guess we then talked about where they had sorted them and checked on whether they were in the correct place. It was a lot of fun and the children then chose to have their own turn once they had finished their task.
As part of our theme Farm to Fork this term, we have been focusing on Design and Technology and the skills of cooking. Our task this term is to design our own breakfast based on what we will have learned about healthy eating and why breakfast is so important. To work towards this we had a breakfast tasting session, enjoying trying a variety of breakfasts including toast, yoghurt and berries, crumpets, pancakes, cereal and an oaty breakfast bar. The children thoroughly enjoyed trying the breakfasts, with everyone trying at least a small amount of everything, finding new things they liked and showing this when they reviewed each breakfast! We learned that many breakfasts have a base of carbohydrates - but also can include dairy products, fruit and sometimes protein. The children were able to identify why these food groups were important and why we need to eat a good breakfast.
Farm to Fork
This week we have begun our new theme on Farm to Fork by exploring historical farming artefacts! The children were given ten different farming tools to look at and they had to guess, using their observations, what job the tools could have been used for. The children made some really good deductions of what they thought a farmer might have used them for and could explain why they thought the farmer would have needed to use those sorts of tools years ago. Once they had guessed the objects uses in their pairs the children were then told what the tools were actually for and had demonstrations on how they were used. Here are some photos from our historical enquiry;
After weeks of designing, creating templates and cutting out felt we were ready to put our Australian animal puppets together. The children worked really hard to sew, taking lots of care with their stitching and were very focused on doing their very best. They sewed, mostly independently albeit with the odd knot and needle needing rethreading, before decorating their puppets. They were all thrilled with their finished product and were very excited to try them out and take them home! We will be evaluating the making of our puppets after the Easter holidays to complete the design process.
The Year 1 children in Kestrels have been working really hard on their phonics, we have been practising using our sounding out skills to be able to segment words for spelling. We have also been working on writing dictated sentences at the end of each of our Phonics sessions. The children have also been practising developing these sentences to include extra detail as well as using their learning from our Friday SPaG sessions to include a variety of punctuation!
Here are a few examples of what we have been up to;
As part of our Geography work this half term we have been working on our map skills and learning about using compass directions. We continued our learning this week using a giant map of Australia, in groups the children went to the hall and were given pictures of key places across Australia. The children then had a use a smaller map of Australia to see if they could match their picture to the corresponding red dot on the giant map. Once all the key places were matched the children then had to tell me what they could find in the North, East, South and West of Australia. We then talked about where the majority of people might live in Australia, using the map the children guessed in the South as there were more key places. They had also spotted on the smaller maps that the middle of Australia was a yellow colour, which someone thought might be desert so people wouldn`t like to live there.
Science Day - Wonderful Worms
For Science Day this year we took our learning outside and explored the wonderful world of worms. We began our day by thinking about the different habitats that animals like to live in, the children came up with lots of different places including: the rainforest, the ocean, rivers, woods, underground and deserts! After this we had a session focused on learning more about what worms were like and we discovered that there were nearly 30 different species of worm that could be found in the UK. Although the most fascinating fact was that the longest worm ever found was 3 metres long and found in Australia! We then predicted where we might find the most worms when we went outside, using a tally chart to record our results.
After a very successful worm hunt we head back to the classroom to create a pictogram of our results - we discovered that worms were most likely to be found under rocks/logs. Using this we thought about why worms were most likely to live there, with Kestrels arriving at the conclusion that worms like places that are dark, damp and have access to food that they like such as old food and leaves!
However, we were not finished there! We learned that worms do not have legs but retractable bristles and we thought about how worms could move without arms or legs. The children were unsure how that would work so we decided to head to the hall to see if we could imagine what being a worm would be like and how we would get around if we only had bristles. The children had a great time pretending to be worms and we learned that worms use a movement to propel themselves forward as well as using the bumps underground to grip onto.
To finish our wonderful worms day we got creative and made our own worm puppets using pom poms and thread. We had a chance to practise our sewing skills and the children loved playing with their worms and getting them to move in the style of a marionette puppet which we had learned about a few weeks ago.
Our Design and Technology project this term is to make puppets, we began by exploring the different types of puppets and why puppets were created. Lots of the children knew that puppets were used for story telling and some had watched puppet shows. We then had a go at making some stick puppets;
We were even treated to a puppet show from some of the children.
In preparation for making our puppets, we looked at the best ways to join fabrics together. The children used techniques such as glue, staples, tape, hot glue and sewing.
Amazing Animals: Australia
This term we are heading down under to the continent of Australia in this terms Geography based theme! I look forward to sharing our work with you over the coming weeks...
We have been working on our map skills this week and learning all about the points of the compass. We then explored a map of Keinton - their first task being to find our school! After finding the school the children then had to find 5 places that were North, East, South and West of the school. They really enjoyed finding lots of different places and some of them were able to identify where they lived on the map. We also looked at some of the symbols on the map such as woods, rivers and roads.
Our first few weeks in Kestrel Class...
We have had a busy first few weeks in Kestrel Class, getting back into the swing of being back at school and learning to work together as a new class. We started off the year with lots of 'getting to know you' activities which included an activity where the children had to find someone who matched the phrase on the sheet. The children really enjoyed talking to their peers to find out whether they had green eyes or owned a dog or lived in Keinton. It was a wonderful way for them to interact with each other and learn more about each other. Here are some pictures of them doing this activity;
This half term, as part of Design and Technology and linking with our History theme The Great Fire of London, we have been looking at fire engines. We have looked at both modern fire engines and those that would have been used in the 17th century - the children were intrigued by the fire engines that would have been used during the Great Fire as they did look rather strange! In one lesson we explored wheels and axles, with the children learning that there were two different ways that wheels and axles could be used. They then had a go at making a prototype chassis before choosing which of the two ways they wanted to attach the axles and wheels, this was a lot of fun - although there were a few wonky wheels!
Our next lesson was to design our own fire engines which we will be making in the next few weeks so look out for further pictures of our final products!
Before we could finish our fire engines we had to attach our axles and wheels before decorating with ladders and the word FIRE on the side. We then practised using the glue guns safely to attach our blue flashing lights to the fire engines, we learned how to pick up the glue gun so as to avoid the heated barrel and to then keep our fingers at the bottom of the handle whilst pressing the lever to release the glue. I`m pleased to say we all managed to use the tool safely and carefully, which a lot of the children were very proud of!
In preparation for our Harvest Festival celebration at the church, we looked at the painting by Vincent Van Gogh - Wheatfield with Crows. We talked about how he had painted it and the effect of using the small brushstrokes to create texture. We then took two days to paint our pictures starting off with drawing an outline before painting in the lighter background colours. The next day we then tried to add the texture to the foreground to get as close as possible to Van Gogh`s painting. I think that Kestrels have done a fantastic job!
The original Wheatfield with Crows
Below some of Kestrels Class versions;
Brilliant Bread Bakers
On the last day of half term Kestrels and Eagles Year 2`s joined together to enjoy, an end of our Great Fire of London theme bread baking session! The children listened to Mrs Dibble, who was our chief instructor during the session, as she told us the ingredients we would be using, the measurements that were needed and the importance of keeping the yeast and salt separate to start with. They started by adding butter into the measured out flour and got stuck in with rubbing in the butter. They then created two wells in their flour into which they added yeast and salt which they measured out. After that it was in with the warm water, Mrs Dibble told us that it was important that it was warm water as it would help the yeast to get warm up and begin to bubble - which would make our bread light and fluffy. The children then mixed the ingredients together before bringing the mixture together into a ball before tipping it out onto the table and splitting it into equal pieces so everyone could have a go at kneading. We learned how to knead properly and to stretch the dough which was something the children really enjoyed.
The dough and the children then had a quick break before coming back to knock the dough back and shaping. We learned how to create a twist in the dough and then the dough had another prove before baking. The children were all so pleased with their bread and a few couldn`t resist having a bite before going home! Apparently the bread was delicious and the whole experience was a fun end to our theme. Especially as our bakery survived without any fires, thankfully!
This half term our theme is based around Geography and we are delving into the icy depths of the Arctic Circle!
We began our theme with an exploration of the British-Canadian artist Ted Harrison`s artwork, the children were captivated by his bold style and were so excited to have a go at recreating one of his pieces. We talked about the colours that he had used and the warm tones he used in the skies and the cool colours he had used to reflect the Arctic landscape. Here are a few examples of how we got on;
Over the next few weeks we are going to be looking further at images of the Arctic landscape and looking to represent these in our own artwork using the style of Ted Harrison.
Last week we looked at a tradition of the Inuit, which is to make sculptures using rocks called Inuksuk. Inuksuk are stone landmarks which can be used for different purposes within the Arctic Circle. We learned about the different meanings of each of the Inuksuk and thought about how they had used the stones for navigation, to represent a special person, show other Inuits where the meat is being stored or to show where there is a good spot for hunting or fishing. We then thought about how we could use the clay to make our own Inuksuk, we talked about how to mould the clay and then how to use the tools and water to help join the pieces of clay together. We had a brilliant time exploring how to use the clay as well as choosing which Inuksuk we wanted to make and what it meant.