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!
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.
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!
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
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.
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!!!
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!!!!