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Welcome to Kestrels class page

Class teachers - Mrs Fiona Bradley & Miss Laura Palmer

Teaching assistant - Mrs Penny Griffiths

 

How have we reached the last week of our year together? Kestrel class, it has been quite a journey and we're looking forward to our last week together full of fun and positive memories to share along with the ones we have already made during our year together!

Cambridge United and AstraZeneca Active Science

SRE Summer Term 2017

Check out what the children have been learning in Spanish during their Autumn term!

What an amazing event to end this term/year with! Kestrel class attended Cambridge United Stadium to take part in an 'Active Science Day' in collaboration with AstraZeneca. The children rotated around 3 activities which included; a Q & A session with Cambridge United players and AstraZeneca scientists, an active session thinking about the forces that act on a football in play and finally a chance to participate in some science exhibits with AstraZeneca scientists. The children were constantly engaged and absolutely in awe coming face to face with some of the Cambridge United players! The project itself leading up to this event has been really positive. It has allowed the children to access the KS2 science curriculum through active sport, which I'm sure will leave a lasting impression!  

 

Please also see Cambridge United news article of the day on their site at http://www.cuctrust.co.uk/articles/active-science-day/  and await an article that will hopefully soon appear in the local media.

The children recently had a visit from ‘Chemistry with Cabbage’ for full day of real hands-on chemistry. The children made indicators using red cabbage to show whether a chemical was acid, alkali or neutral, tested household chemicals and even made slime! All the children had a great day and really enjoyed all the experiments they were able to take part in!

Kestrel Class enjoyed it very much when The Ensemble of Friends, a local choir, came to visit us on Wednesday 17th May. Douglas, the conductor, taught the children about the different ‘voices’ in the choir (soprano, alto, tenor and bass) and to sing some rhythms and a round. The choir performed several pieces for us, including You’ll Never Walk Alone – the children stood in front of the choir during this song and could feel the sounds vibrating all around them as the choir sang. It was an amazing experience for everyone. Kestrel children baked delicious cakes the day before to share with the choir – these were much appreciated by everyone!

Our topic this term is 'Out of this world'. In science the children have being looking at and explaining how shadows change throughout the day. The children had to draw around their shadow and every hour they looked at how their shadow would move to show the Earth's movement.   

Cambridge United and AstraZeneca

This half term the children have been taking part in a weekly session with two Cambridge United coaches, who in collaboration with AstraZeneca, have implemented an ‘Active Science’ project. These sessions are a mixture of Science and PE. If you click on the files on our class page titled ‘Active science curriculum links’ and ‘Sporty science workbook’ you will be able to have a look at the subject areas the children have been covering.

Outdoor and Adventurous Activities

The children have made a really positive start to getting involved in their ‘outdoor and adventurous activities’ (OAA). It really is a great opportunity for the children to experience a sense of individual and team challenge, freedom and excitement, learning to cope with different environments and develop new skills. It provides meaningful and memorable learning beyond the classroom and opportunities for individual learning, teamwork, coming to group decisions, developing leadership qualities and taking calculated risks that we feel is really important for the children to experience. Here are some pictures of some of the activities they have been taking part in.

Mask making

As we neared the end of our Africa topic, so did the completion of our African masks. We made papier mache masks inspired by traditional West African ceremonial masks and bronzes from the Ancient Kingdom of Benin. We created layers of colour, pattern and texture using paint and collage. We think they look amazing!

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On a separate D & T theme the children enjoyed working with wood to create some Mother's Day gifts! They took great care in finishing their piece of plywood by sanding the rough edges and then marking out their heart (or alternative) design by tacking pins into place before weaving their thread design. The children did an amazing job and produced some really great effects. We hope you love them as much as we do! 
We've finished this week with a D & T focus to produce a wire toy/sculpture. The children looked at investigating existing products created with the medium of wire by looking at how the wire had been manipulated into different shapes, joined and any components that had been included to allow the product to move or give it a particular feature. The children then designed their own wire product considering their intended audience and any features they wanted to include. They finally presented their finished product commenting on what they liked and worked well as well as what they might have done differently to improve their product.
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Kestrel class travelled to Comberton to take part in a Dance Share Event. Paula, from DancEd, helped us rehearse our African dance and it was amazing to be in the performance hall with lighting, a background image and theatre seating. Our performance went really well and we were lucky enough to watch dances from the other schools ranging from Reception children to 'A' level dance students. It was an exciting day! 

World Book Day is a celebration! It's a celebration of authors, illustrators, books and (most importantly) it's a celebration of reading. In fact, it's the biggest celebration of its kind, designated by UNESCO as a worldwide celebration of books and reading, and marked in over 100 countries all over the world.

Find out what sort of book suits you http://www.bbc.co.uk/cbbc/quizzes/bp-which-genre-are-you

Can you guess which characters we are?

Can you guess which characters we are? 1 She attends Miss Cackles academy for Witches
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Can you guess which characters we are? 4 Yes: A wimp CAN rule the world!
Can you guess which characters we are? 5 Hubble bubble toil and trouble!
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Can you guess which characters we are? 12 You shall go to the ball!
Can you guess which characters we are? 13 A naughty schoolkid with a talent for doodling!
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Can you guess which characters we are? 15 Why are these quirky kids so hard to spot!
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What a delicious day full of pancakes! Now can you perform 40 acts of kindness?

What a delicious day full of pancakes! Now can you perform 40 acts of kindness? 1
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The children have been learning printmaking techniques. They drew an African pattern or the character from their 'Just So' stories onto a polystyrene tile using a sharp pencil.They linked up the tile with yellow ink and printed it. They then added to their design and printed again in red. Finally they finished their designs and printed again in blue.

The children have been working with two dance practitioners from DancEd to learn an African dance. They are looking forward to sharing their work with other schools at a 'Dance Share' event at Comberton Village College.

What a great start to the spring term with our 'Africa' topic. The children were amazing sharing everything they have learnt so far this term during our class assembly. We were so proud of them and all their achievements!

What a great start to the spring term with our 'Africa' topic. The children were amazing sharing everything they have learnt so far this term during our class assembly. We were so proud of them and all their achievements! 1

Our first term together in Kestrels class!!! What a great start to the year!!! All the children have settled in really well and are really enjoying our topic about Ancient Greece. They have been learning about what life was like during that time, and about the legacy and influence of the Ancient Greeks on western culture.

Here are pictures of the children using terracotta clay to learn pottery techniques and make their own ‘ancient Greek’ pottery.

In Science, the children have been investigating the force of gravity and the effect air and water resistance has on moving objects. Here are some pictures of the children testing the effect of water resistance on different shaped objects of the same mass

The children have really enjoyed their forest school experiences this term, with lots of opportunities for creative play and team work and developing social skills.  They have also built dens, constructed a shelter for hedgehogs to overwinter, learned to whittle sticks and made clay faces and other models using the natural materials found in the forest area.

 

During assembly, each class can earn class points for outstanding behaviour coming into, during and leading out of assembly. Our class also have the added responsibility of preparing the benches before they arrive and leading the class they are responsible for back to their classroom, which they have been managing really well! Today our class celebrated their first class party after being the first class to receive their 10 class points during assembly. The children had a great time celebrating with each other! Keep up the great work kestrels!!!   

Here are some pictures of the children enjoying their class party

Cross Country 2016

We're so proud of all the children for their amazing effort in the cross country run this afternoon! Lovely to see so many smiley faces and looks of determination as they were going around. They showed wonderful sportsmanship to their fellow runners by cheering them on and helping them to mark off the laps that they had completed. Well done to Zachary for coming in first in our class race and to Archie for coming in an incredibly close second!!!! 

Here are some pictures of them giving it their all!!!

The children had fun being 'funny for money'. Thank you for all your donations to Children in need. During the day the children put their knowledge of pulleys into practise whilst constructing a model of a Greek building with a pulley system to raise a flag!

Following our introduction to the circulatory system, the children had a visit from Neil an East of England air ambulance paramedic. He talked about what you could do in an emergency, the recovery position, how to give chest compressions, looking for danger, how to tell if someone is still breathing and telephoning/calling for help.

Kestrel class had a fantastic visit to The Fitzwilliam Museum and The Cast Gallery at The Museum of Classical Archaeology in Cambridge on Wednesday the 14th December 2016. They enjoyed seeing 'real' artefacts and pottery at the Fitzwilliam, and then seeing copies of sculptures from Ancient Greece at The Cast Gallery.

The children baked their own individual Christmas cakes as a gift for someone else (or for them to enjoy themselves!!!) They designed and constructed a box to hold their cake once they were baked and iced.

The children took notes, helped prepare and enjoyed eating a Greek style meal in the form of Jamie Oliver’s greek chicken with herby vegetable couscous & tzatziki. They also sampled pitta bread, feta cheese and olives.

Well! We have reached the end of our first term together and the end of our Ancient Greek topic! The children have learnt so much and gathered so many new skills as well as building on their existing ones!!! We hope our next term together is filled with lots more exciting things as we start a brand new topic together (all to be revealed when the children are back in school!)  

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