Kestrel Class 18-19

Welcome to the Kestrels class page!
We would like to welcome you to our class page, where you will find all of the information you need, as well as exciting pictures of what we have been doing throughout the year!
If there is anything you can't find on here then please see Mrs Dawson, Mrs Blake or Mrs Dickinson and we will endeavour to help.
Please ensure your child has a PE kit in school at all times, so that they can take part in the various clubs and activities on offer if they would like to do so.
We do our spelling test on a Friday, and this is when we give out the new spellings, so please make sure your child has their orange spelling book in school.
Otherwise, please see us if you need anything at all. 
Mrs Dawson, Mrs Blake and Mrs Dickinson
Friday 14th September - Election day
The children voted for their School council representatives and their Eco council too. 
After an excellent week of campaigning, the results were as follows:
Robbie and Caitlin: School council
Ryley: Eco council
Ava: Literacy committee 
Well done to all who put themselves forward and joined in the experience! It was a valuable part of our citizenship learning.
Why not ask your child what they learned from the voting experience?
Monday 17th September 
We have been using the Talk for Writing approach in English, and we have begun to learn the text 'The Promise'. It was great fun coming up with ideas as to how to show each word using actions, such as 'dry' (pretended to dry ourselves after a shower) and ugly (did our most gruesome faces)
Ask your child to show you the actions and see what they can remember!
Monday 17th September - Science
In Science we are learning about our bodies and how they work. We are particularly focusing on the musculoskeletal system, and at the way our muscles are engineered to make our skeletons move. 
We looked at Usain Bolt's 100m in 9.68 seconds. We tested ourselves to see how far we could run in the same amount of time, and used maths equipment to measure the distance we ran.
We are going to create a bar graph to show our results next lesson, but generally we were half as fast as Mr Bolt! We can explain why though...
Why not ask your child why they think they are not yet as fast as Usain Bolt?
Friday 5th October 
Today we used Base ten equipment in Maths so that we could really see how adding and subtraction works with place value. We played with addition and subtraction and realised how numbers relate to each other. We discovered lots of different ways that make 297. 
In science we looked at the skeleton and identified various parts as well as identifying the skeletons of other creatures. 
Why not ask your child how their body moves?
Friday 19th October
Kestrels have been very busy lately, preparing for the centenary of the Armistice for which there will be an exhibition of the children's work in St Helen's church, after half term.
We have also started looking at discussion texts in English and will be debating a variety of topics in the coming week.
In maths we have been subtracting and adding using the column method, and next week we are using the inverse operation to check our answers.
Thank you to all the parents who attended parents' evening this week. It was a pleasure to see you all. Please remember we are here to support you and your child, so please make an appointment with Mrs Dawson if you would like to discuss anything at length. Additionally, Mr Ormiston is happy to hear from parents, too.
If you didn't manage to see Mrs Dawson last week, please make an appointment for another occasion which is mutually convenient. 
Thank you!
6th November
Welcome back to school after what we hope was a restful half term! 
This term we are focusing on times tables and division facts. Please refer to the times tables leaflet handed out at the end of last term to point you in the direction of some good resources. 
Swimming should be back on w/c 12th November so if you can spare any time on a Tuesday afternoon to help us, please get in touch!
Thank you.
Mrs Dawson & Mrs Blake
Sunday 2nd December
Christmas Lights Switch-On
Many Kestrels children attended the Etwall lights switch-on as part of the choir or audience. It was lovely to hear the carols sung so beautifully, and a great start to the festive season!