Start of the Spring Term
Wow - what a busy start to the term we've had! The children have been excited to start our new topic of 'Roots, Shoots and Poops' which will be all about animals and plants. Please see our curriculum newsletter below.
To start the topic off, the children had to match some (fake!) poo up with the animals that produced it - they had to think about size, consistency and what they could see in the poo. It was all very scientific!!
After that, we began to look at other ways in which we could classify animals. They worked in groups to research a different category of animal and discovered all the ways it could be classified. We have also used classification keys to help us categorise unusual animals - we now all know at least one echinoderm!
In maths, we have been working very hard on a unit about fractions - it's been pretty tricky but the children have worked incredibly hard. In English, we have been doing a unit on story writing based on the short film 'The Present'. This ended with us all writing a short story which involves a character having a change of heart.
We have also started some short French lessons so you can look forward to your children greeting you and asking you some simple questions.
Lastly, we resumed our recorder lessons and I was very impressed with how much they could remember! We had a lot of tooting fun!
Kestrels Blog - Week 04/12/2017 - 08/12/2017
On Monday we sorted rocks into metamorphic, igneous and sedimentary. After that we made chocolate rocks, that was very messy.
We learned about floods and saw photos of the flood in Stroud in 2007.
On Tuesday we went to the Panto and saw Dick Whittington.
On Wednesday Miss Sampson came into our class and we went to the church to learn our dance.
On Thursday we went to the church to practice the play and made a really long paper chain.
On Friday we practiced the play again and did Christmas activities like colouring and listening to Christmas music.
Kestrels blog 27/11/2017 - 01/12/2017
This week we had a debate on if Robin Hood was innocent or guilty. We took him to court and found him innocent.
With Mrs Dempster we found out who our pen pals are. Then we wrote our letters and sent them from the post box.
We also watched watched a video of an earthquake in our classroom, we wrote a report about it.
We went to the All Saint Centre to sing to the elderly. We sang a lot of songs including White Christmas, Silent Night and Jinglebells.
By Sunny and Jasper
Monday 20th to Friday 24th
In guided reading this week it was all about the wonderful Robin Hood.
In PE we did some balancing and jumping which was really good fun.
We finished off our fantastic reports about volcanoes. We then planned a story all about a flood - we had pictures to order that we put on a story mountain. We then had to write our ideas all around the mountain. We worked in groups and shared our ideas.
In maths, we looked at how to solve division using the bus stop method - it was really fun!
We also learnt about rivers in geography.
See you next week.
By Jacob F
Monday 13th November - Friday 17th November
On Monday, we did some research about volcanoes so that we could write an information report. Did you know that 80% of the world's eruptions are underwater?
For our homework, we made volcano models. They were all amazing!
In PE, we worked on our balancing skills - we're getting really good!
We also learnt all about the water cycle and did a really fun experiment.
Monday 6th November - Friday 10th November
On Monday, it was the start of anti-bullying week. First we started with games about bullying and we sorted scenarios into what we thought were cyberbullying, normal bullying or not bullying at all.
Then we started planning our animation about cyberbullying and how you should deal with it. On Tuesday, we had a whole day of making our animation - they took a lot of work! In the middle of the lunch break all of the ipads started to run out of charge so there were cables and wires everywhere!
On Wednesday, we had a whole morning of finishing our animations off because the parents were coming in to watch them. Thank you to everyone who came along.
On Thursday, we finished off writing our stories about our creatures we created. We also did PE where we did lots of jumping. It was exhausting!
On Friday, we learnt about Remembrance Day and we did a minutes silence.
Thanks for reading.
Monday 30th October - Friday 3rd November
On Monday, Mr Stepbeck came and did really fun, exciting and amazing Jungle Agility with us - it was lots of different exercises.
On Tuesday, we went to Lansdown Gallery to look at an art exhibition. We helped Tom (the artist) design some unusual creatures.
On Wednesday, we started our book journals. These are where we will record our jottings, thoughts, pictures and anything else we fancy about the class book we're reading together.
On Thursday, we did jumping and balancing in PE.
On Friday, we planned stories with our new teacher, Miss Sampson, and we drew creatures with pastels.
I hope you have enjoyed the blog.
Monday 16th - Friday 20th October
This week, we've been researching the different biomes around the world. We then designed and made pizza box biomes - they look fantastic!
In English, we've been looking at writing non-chronological reports. We've been reading the book The Abominables as our class story so have decided to write a report about yetis! This week we looked at using formal language and describing our yetis.
In maths, we were working on mental subtraction - pretty tricky stuff. We did some of our learning in the playground which was great fun.
We have been doing a 'poem a day' for the last few weeks where children volunteer to learn a poem and recite it to the rest of the class. The children who have volunteered to do this have been brilliant so I've added some videos for you to enjoy.
Have a lovely half term everyone!
Monday 9th - Friday 13th October 2017
This week, we made erupting volcanoes with vinegar, bicarbonate of soda, food colouring and water. I was really scared and thought it would explode! It didn't! It was a lot of fun.
Izzy and Masie performed their poem of the day and it had a lot of rhymes. I thought it was really funny.
We learnt another note to play on the recorder - note 'g'. I found it beautiful!
We continued to work on our papier mache volcanoes with Mrs Wride.
We have been learning about 3d shapes and made some out of pipe cleaners and straws.
Monday 2nd October - Friday 6th October
We've had another great week in Kestrels! In geography, we've been looking at the different layers of the earth. We had great fun making the layers out of playdough. We then labelled the layers and wrote descriptions of each one. Jasper and Jacob W both then went home and made their own versions of the playdough layers which they shared with the class.
The next day, we were looking at how volcanoes are formed. We played volcano top trumps to learn about different ones around the world and plotted these on a world map.
We started our 'poem of the day' sessions where children volunteer to learn a poem by heart to recite to the class. Abbie started us off with a wonderful rendition of The Owl and the Pussycat. We're looking forward to hearing some more over the next few weeks.
We also learnt how to play some more notes on the recorder and are getting better at our timing (we can now all play the same note at the same time - phew!).
With Mrs Wride, we continued our papier mache volcanoes which are starting to look pretty fabulous! We have also been enjoying our weekly library sessions.
We've had some brilliant video weather reports sent in for homework - well done, guys - and some of these are posted for you to enjoy!
Week commencing 25th September 2017
This week, Mr Frostbite came in to see us. He is a mountaineer and it was very exciting. We learnt all about his experiences of climbing different mountains all around the world. We also got to look at some old and modern mountaineering equipment.
We then started working on writing diary entries. We are going to write a diary entry about climbing a mountain. We looked at describing what we would see if we were in a base camp.
In art, we created our final pieces of work based on The Great Wave. This time we used a mixture of pen and paint to create our pictures.
With Mrs Wride, we made cones for our papier mache volcanoes that we are working on. It was hard!
W/C 18th September 2017
This week in Kestrels we wrote haikus - these are a type of poetry which can only have 17 syllables. They normally have five syllables in the first line, seven syllables in the second line and another five in the last line. We wrote them about natural disasters around the world.
In Art, we have been looking at the work of Katsushika Hokusai. We were focusing on The Big Wave and created our own versions using chalk and also printing using polystyrene blocks.
In RE, we wrote an acrostic poem about the Creation Story.
Lastly, we have all started learning the recorder! Each of us has our own recorder and we will be practising lots in class. We learnt how to play the notes A and B, and we learnt how to play a short tune called 'Stuck in a Traffic Jam'. It was great fun!
From The Kestrels
Message from Miss Dempster: Spellings for most children will start some time next week. With regard to the box about Rainbow Maths in the reading records - the children should (hopefully!) know which Rainbow Maths target they are currently working on. They can practise this any way they choose!
W/C 11th September 2017
We had a great time in Kestrels last week! We started our topic off by looking at all the different types of natural disasters and where in the world they occur. We had to work in groups to research one type of natural disaster and then teach the rest of the class about it. Some of us created large posters to share with the class whilst some of us recorded video presentations.
We then worked together as a whole class to create a large map of the world - the map had been split up into forty parts and we were each responsible for one bit. Sunny and Jacob were responsible for Africa which they found tricky because there are so many different countries.
With Miss Francis we read 'How to Live Forever' by Colin Thompson. If you want to live forever, you'll have to read the book! We also started to learn about the Creation Story in RE.
Very importantly, we learned how to use a dictionary and find out what words mean - such as 'desolate', 'leotards' and 'quince' If you don't know what any of these words mean, you'll have to look them up in a dictionary.
We're great at balancing - that's what we practised in PE. We had to try hard not to fall over!
Finally, we've started Rainbow Maths which we really enjoy doing and it means we're getting better and better at mental arithmetic!
Another busy week!
By Everyone in Kestrels
Welcome Back Kestrels!
We have had a brilliant first week back in class and the new Year 3s (and teachers) have all settled in well.
On our first day back we had some challenges to complete - there was skipping, running and welly throwing! Bel was our welly throwing champion - she managed to throw it over 11 metres! Edith was the skipping champion, and Gautam and Monty were our speedy running champions.
In the afternoon, we had to work in teams to create a bridge out of newspaper that was strong enough to hold a dictionary and tall enough to have a football rolled underneath. This required lots of team work, communication and perseverance!
On Thursday, we did some excellent artwork for the front of our topic books and had our first PE lesson.
We are all really looking forward to the fun-packed year of learning ahead of us!
THANK YOU for a absolutely wonderful year full of learning and laughs. I have had a brilliant year with the children. Everyday the children make me incredibly proud with all their achievements. They never fail to make me smile and laugh out loud. It is safe to say I have the best job!
To say thank you I wanted to share some of my favourite memories of the year with you all. Enjoy
And the winner is.....
Congratulations. Your prize will be sent home on Monday!
As part of homework this week the children created quiz questions. All questions are based around our topic theme. They then decided to create a class quiz using their questions for the parents to answer and submit.
So please have a go and submit your answers to:
The children have requested that you don't cheat! So no Google and no asking them for the answers!
The winner will be announced 7th July on the Kestrels blog and will receive a tasty prize! (In the event of a tie in scores the person who submitted the quickest will win)
1. How many airports are there in Brazil?
2. How many times could you fit the UK and Ireland into the Amazon Rainforest?
3. What is the population of Brazil?
4. True or False the Inca Empire used arm bones to make flutes?
5. How many countries are in South America?
6. Name the animal from the Rainforest that has a floppy nose.
7. What is the size of South America in km2?
8. How long is the Amazon River in km?
9. What is the name of the famous beach in Rio?
10. What is the name of shack town in Rio?
This week we have written recounts about the trip trying really hard to describe everything throughout the day. Check our some of our amazing photos from the trip.
This week was food week. We had a week of trying all different new and exotic foods.
On Tuesday we made smoothies using different fruits found in the Rainforest. They were:
Strawberries, bananas and orange juice (nice easy one)
Papaya, guava juice and acai berries
Mango, passion-fruit juice and coconut water
On Thursday we then tried the individual flavours of different fruits. We learnt how to safely crack open a coconut (Miss Tedaldi hit it with a hammer) and an avocado. We tried:
The class favourite was pomegranate and the least favourite was avocado. We then wrote about our tasting experience describe what it tasted like and which was our favourite and why.
On Friday it was baking day! We tried all the different bakes first (lovingly made by Mrs Day-Lewis) before splitting into groups to make some. We used all different ingredients that you would find in the Rainforest.
With Thursday’s leftovers Mrs Day-Lewis had made some coconut bites (which we then loved). She also made some delicious chocolate smoothies and chocolate mud pie. What we didn’t know is that they contained avocado in them but most of the class enjoyed it!
We then made:
Brazil nut bites
Cricket flour brownies (yes that’s right Cricket flour)
Check out all the photos and videos from the week below. There are also the recipes of the bakes if you would like to try them at home.
Homework this week was to write a diary based on life in either the Rainforest or a Favela house. Check out some of the stars.
We have been learning about the famous Rio Carnaval this week. We had a dance to some Carnaval music and composed some ourselves using our hands and musical instruments. Check out the pictures and videos!
Check out this weeks homework stars. Well done everyone had their homework this week!
Day of the Dead
Check out some of our amazing Day of the Dead masks that we created at the end of last term.
Homework this week was to write a poem about a Rainforest animal. We had some really lovely poems. Check them out below!
The animal poem
There was a spider who lived in a tree,
That had eight eyes but still couldn’t see
That the bug he was after
Was dying with laughter
Then it swallowed the poor spider for tea
They eat with their jaws and kill with their paws
They eat fish, snakes and deer that quiver with fear
They live in the trees with peculiar leaves
Yellow with spots they eat lots and lots
The Jaguar lives alone and protects its home by pouncing on its prey
They roar with their great wide jaw
Sneaking through the trees peeking through the leaves
The snake slivers below snapping its jaws
He slides across the canopy capturing his prey
To have his feast of the day
He lays under the sun ready to strike a mouse out no his latest hike
He basks in the sun amongst his own kind
He hisses he sheds his skin
He thinks he is the king
Another amazing week of homework! This is always one of Miss Tedaldi's and Miss Anker's favourite homeworks to see. The children always show bags of creativity and imagination.
Check out some of the 2D and 3D models!
Today was our debate on:
'Is deforestation good or bad for our planet?'
In order to debate this we split into two teams and had certain roles within our teams including:
Logger, Government Official, Environmental scientist, Forest inhabitants, Fast food restaurant owners, Cattle farmers, Pharmacists and Conservationests.
After some very heated debating from both sides the jury decided that deforestation was bad for our planet.
Check out some of our photos!
Check out some of our amazing front covers for this weeks homework!
24th April 2017
We have worked super hard this week on our new exciting topic. Already we have designed our new topic front covers with Rainforest animals. We even learnt about continents and oceans of the World, countries of South America and the layers of the Rainforest!
Next week we will be learning about deforestation and the effects on the Amazon Rainforest. We will be holding a debate in class on the issue.
Goodbye Vedi Vidi Vici!
We had a wonderful end to a brilliant topic with the amazing Museum! If you missed it check out the photos below.
This term the Kestrels have been working extremely hard on putting together a Museum about their topic. The Museum will be open to view on Wednesday 5th April at 3:00pm.
Everyone is welcome!
Check out some of the photos below to see what might be on display.
This week we had to use a Learning Power at home. Our learning powers are Reflect, Relate, Persevere, Reach and Curious.
We are Legends!
Today we have been in our writing workshop. All of us have written a full story, that's right, a whole story! From beginning to end we have told tales of Roman legends. Our classroom has been full of three headed lions, wicked witches, glorious gladiators and supreme soldiers. We will be making a proper story book with front covers and blurbs.
Our teachers are very proud of how hard we have worked today.
We Made Crumbling Coffee Letters!
By Beatrice, Anoushka, Sunny
This week we have lots of stars for some amazing writing! Check out the photos!
In Art we have been working on creating marvelous mosaics. Today we challenged ourselves to make a whole floor mosaic! Working in teams we persevered and are really proud to share with you
'Majestic Uplands Birds Mosaic'.
This week we had to design and make a quiz for our museum. Check out the photos for the stars!
6th March 2017
Another busy week in Kestrels class this week! We have been finishing writing out short stories inspired by our Roman work.
PE was great fun! We made a sequence of shapes using our Roman knowledge which we then put to music, making it a story.
We have also finally finished our amazing class Mosaic.
This week we had to write a review of our school trip to Caerleon!
Check out the photos of this weeks homework stars!
2nd March 2017
We have had a fantastic day out exploring the Roman town of Caerleon! All the children were brilliant coming to all the teachers sharing new facts and information they had found. The behaviour was excellent and they were great ambassadors for the school. Well done!
We visited lots of places around the town including the Roman Baths, Amphitheatre and Barracks. We then had a great look around the museum and had a workshop all about school life in Roman times. We even had a chance to try on some armour!
Check out some of the photos of our day!
Our homework this week was to create a Roman Numerals maths challenge for our Museum! Check out some of the photos.
Our homework this week was actually two pieces!
First was based on our work on the story of Romulus and Remus. In the story they created their own city which later became the city of Rome. We had to imagine we could create our own city. What would it be called? Give it a name and state 8 things that would be special about our city.
Second was to present a small research project a Roman God and present our findings in any way we liked.
Check out some of the Homework stars for this week in the pictures!
20th February 2017
Welcome to our first weekly blog!
This week we started writing some stories based on Rome. We set the scene this week describing in lots of detail what we could see, hear, smell and touch! Next week we are moving onto describing our characters.
Week 6- due in Wednesday 22nd February: Understanding and Analysing: Over the half term break research a Roman god of your choice. Create a short project of this god highlighting why they were important to the Romans. You can present this in any way you like.
Check out next week's blog for the homework Stars of the week!
Welcome back after half term! Take a look at some of our photos from our Genius week. We had a very exciting week learning lots of new skills and finding our Genius.