Good morning lovely Kestrels,
I hope you are well and are keeping up with the online learning we are planning for you each day.
As you can see, I have now created some star tabs to make navigating around the page a little easier. Just click on the star for the relevant day and you will be taken to a sub page which will outline the learning for the day.
We have now sorted the email situation, so if you have any questions or want to get in touch then please feel free to drop me a line. I'd love to hear about what you've been doing and would love to see some of the work you have done - If you send any examples of work, let me know if you'd be happy for me to share it on the website; I'm sure your friends would love to see what you're doing!
Anyway, I hope you all enjoyed the sunshine today and managed to get some fresh air! Stay safe and I'll be in touch tomorrow.
Here is my email address if you wish to contact me:
PS - Any linked learning pages (for example the additional maths sheets) will remain on this page.
Elevenses with David Walliams
Every day at 11am, you can listen to one of David Walliams’ World’s Worst Children stories, so sit down, take a break, and enjoy 20ish minutes of pure fun! https://www.worldofdavidwalliams.com/
Hello and welcome to Kestrel's class page. My name is Mrs Walters and I am Kestrel's class teacher this year. Many of you will know me already as I have taught almost all of the class before when they were in Key Stage 1. Also working with the children will be Mr Greenslade, who will teach the children PSHE on Tuesday afternoons and Miss Down, our fabulous class TA. Children's PE lessons will take place on a Monday, and they will be taught by Mr Blacker and Miss Kane.
Children should now be bringing their reading and home school liaison book into school each day in their new KPS black book bags. Please encourage your child to read each night and don't forget to sign the book if they have read to an adult. It would be brilliant if you could hear your child read regularly as your questioning helps to develop reading comprehension skills. If you'd like any guidance on how you can support reading for meaning, please don't hesitate to pop in an see me. Once children have read their book, they can bring it in to school and do a quiz. The liaison books have short book review pages which we are encouraging children to complete when they've read a book they have particularly liked.
Please ensure children bring their coats to school each day as the weather can be quite changeable.
Children will be doing their Times Tables Travels on Wednesdays. I will be pushing them to practise these regularly, so if you get any chance to test them, please do!
We are now half way through the year and the children have really impressed me with their attitudes to learning. They thoroughly enjoyed the non-fiction texts that we studied during the first term and showed considerable skills when writing their own non-chronological reports and biographies. They are now however ready for some storytelling and boy, do we have some juicy texts for them this term! Our first story 'Everything You Need' is a dark story of ghosts, greed and curses. I can't wait to see what stories they will spin after hearing what the greedy protagonist gets up to... Following the spooky tale of Abdul, we will read 'The Woman of the Sea', a selkie story from Scotland, where seals turn into women and back again. It is a tale of transformation, separation and family (a sorrowful tale with an interesting ending). Please be sure to ask your child to share the stories as they are becoming great story-tellers and are being taught to tell stories orally from start to finish.
In maths, we will continue to look at fluency and reasoning skills. Decimals, percentages and fractions continue to feature in this term's curriculum and the problem solving units we have planned for them will require some real concentration.
Our Geography topic this term continues to focus on 'Globalisation', where the children will be learning all about a range of topical issues. Children will have the opportunity to deepen their understanding of longitude and latitude. They will investigate the positive and negative impact of trade and consider the impact of human activity on the Earth's physical Geography. They will learn more about plastic pollution and consider ways we can lower our carbon footprint. It's already proved itself to be an interesting topic and I look forward to sharing some our our learning here.
Kestrels Curriculum Overview 2019/2020
Please visit our Curriculum page for further details.
Homework and Home Learning
Spellings will be sent home weekly for children to practice each evening. Please help your child to understand any new vocabulary that they might find tricky. Putting the words into sentences may help them to gain a better understanding through context and will support their vocabulary development. Spelling tests will be done on Friday and new spelling lists will be sent out ready for the following week. In addition to spellings, children will bring home their current times table sheet. Regular, short bursts of practise with times and division facts will help your child to become fluent in their recall and support them when they tackle more complex mathematical concepts. Children will also be given one more piece of maths homework where they will be required to apply their mathematical understanding to Success in SATs tasks. Additional SPaG or topic related homework may also be sent out.
Details on the parent overview will follow shortly.
Keep your eyes peeled for photos. We will be uploading images on here and on our Facebook page whenever opportunities arise!
- Star of the week -
Our last star of the week was Daniel.
Daniel has been super focused in his lessons and is really working hard to do his best.
His hand is always up and he is always ready to learn.
Well done Daniel. Keep it up!