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Kestrels Class 2021 - 2022

This week we will be learning...                

English Focus: 

This week we are going to be starting off the week by finishing off our work on the poem, 'The Sound Collector' by Roger McGough. Last week we wrote our own versions so this week we are going to be writing these out in our best handwriting so that we can put them into a class poetry book.

After this we are going to be beginning our work on the book - The Kingdom of Wrenly: The Lost Stone. We will be exploring the vocabulary within the book and completing reading comprehension on the first few chapters.

Maths Focus: 

Year 1: We will be starting continuing our work on Addition and Subtraction within 20 by recalling number bonds to 10 and then using these to add by making a 10. We will be doing this using practical and then pictorial activities to support our understanding of this key method.

Year 2: We will be starting our focus on Multiplication and Division by exploring recognising equal groups, making equal groups, adding equal groups and then creating multiplication sentences using the X symbol. 

Phonics and Spelling:

Year 1: This week we will be reviewing some of the sounds within Phase 5 - starting with ue (oo), ue (yoo) and aw. 

Learning to read the tricky words - asked. Learning to spell the tricky word - there.

Year 2: Continuing Phase 5 by learning the alternative pronunciations of 'a' and 'y'. 

Learning to read the words - through and eyes.  Learning to spell the tricky words - one, make and here.

 Our first few weeks in Kestrel Class...

We have had a busy first few weeks in Kestrel Class, getting back into the swing of being back at school and learning to work together as a new class. We started off the year with lots of 'getting to know you' activities which included an activity where the children had to find someone who matched the phrase on the sheet. The children really enjoyed talking to their peers to find out whether they had green eyes or owned a dog or lived in Keinton. It was a wonderful way for them to interact with each other and learn more about each other. Here are some pictures of them doing this activity;


This half term, as part of Design and Technology and linking with our History theme The Great Fire of London, we have been looking at fire engines. We have looked at both modern fire engines and those that would have been used in the 17th century - the children were intrigued by the fire engines that would have been used during the Great Fire as they did look rather strange! In one lesson we explored wheels and axles, with the children learning that there were two different ways that wheels and axles could be used. They then had a go at making a prototype chassis before choosing which of the two ways they wanted to attach the axles and wheels, this was a lot of fun - although there were a few wonky wheels! 

 Our next lesson was to design our own fire engines which we will be making in the next few weeks so look out for further pictures of our final products! 

Before we could finish our fire engines we had to attach our axles and wheels before decorating with ladders and the word FIRE on the side. We then practised using the glue guns safely to attach our blue flashing lights to the fire engines, we learned how to pick up the glue gun so as to avoid the heated barrel and to then keep our fingers at the bottom of the handle whilst pressing the lever to release the glue. I`m pleased to say we all managed to use the tool safely and carefully, which a lot of the children were very proud of! 

Harvest Time

In preparation for our Harvest Festival celebration at the church, we looked at the painting by Vincent Van Gogh - Wheatfield with Crows. We talked about how he had painted it and the effect of using the small brushstrokes to create texture. We then took two days to paint our pictures starting off with drawing an outline before painting in the lighter background colours. The next day we then tried to add the texture to the foreground to get as close as possible to Van Gogh`s painting. I think that Kestrels have done a fantastic job!


The original Wheatfield with Crows

Below some of Kestrels Class versions;

Brilliant Bread Bakers 

On the last day of half term Kestrels and Eagles Year 2`s joined together to enjoy, an end of our Great Fire of London theme bread baking session! The children listened to Mrs Dibble, who was our chief instructor during the session, as she told us the ingredients we would be using, the measurements that were needed and the importance of keeping the yeast and salt separate to start with. They started by adding butter into the measured out flour and got stuck in with rubbing in the butter. They then created two wells in their flour into which they added yeast and salt which they measured out. After that it was in with the warm water, Mrs Dibble told us that it was important that it was warm water as it would help the yeast to get warm up and begin to bubble - which would make our bread light and fluffy. The children then mixed the ingredients together before bringing the mixture together into a ball before tipping it out onto the table and splitting it into equal pieces so everyone could have a go at kneading. We learned how to knead properly and to stretch the dough which was something the children really enjoyed.

The dough and the children then had a quick break before coming back to knock the dough back and shaping. We learned how to create a twist in the dough and then the dough had another prove before baking. The children were all so pleased with their bread and a few couldn`t resist having a bite before going home! Apparently the bread was delicious and the whole experience was a fun end to our theme. Especially as our bakery survived without any fires, thankfully! 


 Arctic Adventures

This half term our theme is based around Geography and we are delving into the icy depths of the Arctic Circle! 

We began our theme with an exploration of the British-Canadian artist Ted Harrison`s artwork, the children were captivated by his bold style and were so excited to have a go at recreating one of his pieces. We talked about the colours that he had used and the warm tones he used in the skies and the cool colours he had used to reflect the Arctic landscape. Here are a few examples of how we got on;

Over the next few weeks we are going to be looking further at images of the Arctic landscape and looking to represent these in our own artwork using the style of Ted Harrison. 

Inuit Sculpture

Last week we looked at a tradition of the Inuit, which is to make sculptures using rocks called Inuksuk. Inuksuk are stone landmarks which can be used for different purposes within the Arctic Circle. We learned about the different meanings of each of the Inuksuk and thought about how they had used the stones for navigation, to represent a special person, show other Inuits where the meat is being stored or to show where there is a good spot for hunting or fishing. We then thought about how we could use the clay to make our own Inuksuk, we talked about how to mould the clay and then how to use the tools and water to help join the pieces of clay together. We had a brilliant time exploring how to use the clay as well as choosing which Inuksuk we wanted to make and what it meant. 


 We then headed outside, joining up with the Eagles Year 2`s to use natural materials to make our Inuksuk just like they would in the Arctic! We had a lot of fun exploring how to balance the pebbles and slate rock that we had to make the Inuksuk we wanted. There were lots of collapsing Inuksuk but the children all showed amazing determination, enthusiasm and team work to keep going and trying to work out the best ways to make their Inuksuk. 

Kings and Queens