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Our teacher is Miss Dodd and Mrs Humphries is our Teaching Assistant. Our topic this half term is Street Detectives!

 

In Kestrels class we are working hard to 'Reach for the Stars' by reading at home, learning spellings and completing homework, this helps us to become independent learners.

 

To celebrate our hard work in and outside of the classroom:

 

  • Every Friday someone in the class will receive a certificate in Celebration Assembly for impressive work in the week.

 

  • A Super Star Writer is chosen every week, their work will be displayed by the entrance to the hall for everyone to see.

 

  • In our classroom we use Golden Tickets which are given out for hard work, good attitude or something impressive which Miss Dodd or Mrs Humphries has seen. Our Golden Tickets are placed in a jar and one ticket is chosen on a Friday for a chance to win a prize from the treasure chest.

 

Please check back to see who are the shining stars are this week.

 

 

Lauren received the celebration certificate this week for trying hard in everything she does!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Summer Two

June 2015

Our final Topic this year is called 'Street Detectives'. 

The children will be challenged to find out all about their home city of Birmingham!

 

 

On Friday we visited the Juniors and worked in teams to compete in lots of different sports activities!

On Friday we visited the Juniors and worked in teams to compete in lots of different sports activities! 1
On Friday we visited the Juniors and worked in teams to compete in lots of different sports activities! 2
On Friday we visited the Juniors and worked in teams to compete in lots of different sports activities! 3
On Friday we visited the Juniors and worked in teams to compete in lots of different sports activities! 4
On Friday we visited the Juniors and worked in teams to compete in lots of different sports activities! 5
On Friday we visited the Juniors and worked in teams to compete in lots of different sports activities! 6
On Friday we visited the Juniors and worked in teams to compete in lots of different sports activities! 7
On Friday we visited the Juniors and worked in teams to compete in lots of different sports activities! 8

We designed and made our own logos for a t-shirt!

 We designed and made our own logos for a t-shirt! 1
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 We designed and made our own logos for a t-shirt! 3
 We designed and made our own logos for a t-shirt! 4
 We designed and made our own logos for a t-shirt! 5
 We designed and made our own logos for a t-shirt! 6
 We designed and made our own logos for a t-shirt! 7
 We designed and made our own logos for a t-shirt! 8
 We designed and made our own logos for a t-shirt! 9
 We designed and made our own logos for a t-shirt! 10
 We designed and made our own logos for a t-shirt! 11
 We designed and made our own logos for a t-shirt! 12
 We designed and made our own logos for a t-shirt! 13
 We designed and made our own logos for a t-shirt! 14
 We designed and made our own logos for a t-shirt! 15
 We designed and made our own logos for a t-shirt! 16
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Birches Green's Got Talent saw the talents of the Magic Stars!

Birches Green's Got Talent saw the talents of the Magic Stars! 1
Birches Green's Got Talent saw the talents of the Magic Stars! 2

Kestrels had great fun competing in Sports Day!

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Kestrels had great fun competing in Sports Day!  2
Kestrels had great fun competing in Sports Day!  3
Kestrels had great fun competing in Sports Day!  4
Kestrels had great fun competing in Sports Day!  5
Kestrels had great fun competing in Sports Day!  6
Kestrels had great fun competing in Sports Day!  7
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Kestrels had great fun competing in Sports Day!  9
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The children enjoyed tucking into the delicious strawberries grown in the allotment.

The children enjoyed tucking into the delicious strawberries grown in the allotment.  1
The children enjoyed tucking into the delicious strawberries grown in the allotment.  2
The children enjoyed tucking into the delicious strawberries grown in the allotment.  3

Our visit to St. Barnabas Church. The children enjoyed listening to religious stories and finding out about the different religious artefacts inside the church!

Our visit to St. Barnabas Church. The children enjoyed listening to religious stories and finding out about the different religious artefacts inside the church! 1
Our visit to St. Barnabas Church. The children enjoyed listening to religious stories and finding out about the different religious artefacts inside the church! 2
Our visit to St. Barnabas Church. The children enjoyed listening to religious stories and finding out about the different religious artefacts inside the church! 3
Our visit to St. Barnabas Church. The children enjoyed listening to religious stories and finding out about the different religious artefacts inside the church! 4
Our visit to St. Barnabas Church. The children enjoyed listening to religious stories and finding out about the different religious artefacts inside the church! 5
Our visit to St. Barnabas Church. The children enjoyed listening to religious stories and finding out about the different religious artefacts inside the church! 6
Our visit to St. Barnabas Church. The children enjoyed listening to religious stories and finding out about the different religious artefacts inside the church! 7
Our visit to St. Barnabas Church. The children enjoyed listening to religious stories and finding out about the different religious artefacts inside the church! 8
Our visit to St. Barnabas Church. The children enjoyed listening to religious stories and finding out about the different religious artefacts inside the church! 9
Our visit to St. Barnabas Church. The children enjoyed listening to religious stories and finding out about the different religious artefacts inside the church! 10
Our visit to St. Barnabas Church. The children enjoyed listening to religious stories and finding out about the different religious artefacts inside the church! 11
Our visit to St. Barnabas Church. The children enjoyed listening to religious stories and finding out about the different religious artefacts inside the church! 12
Our visit to St. Barnabas Church. The children enjoyed listening to religious stories and finding out about the different religious artefacts inside the church! 13
Our visit to St. Barnabas Church. The children enjoyed listening to religious stories and finding out about the different religious artefacts inside the church! 14
Our visit to St. Barnabas Church. The children enjoyed listening to religious stories and finding out about the different religious artefacts inside the church! 15
Our visit to St. Barnabas Church. The children enjoyed listening to religious stories and finding out about the different religious artefacts inside the church! 16
Our visit to St. Barnabas Church. The children enjoyed listening to religious stories and finding out about the different religious artefacts inside the church! 17
Our visit to St. Barnabas Church. The children enjoyed listening to religious stories and finding out about the different religious artefacts inside the church! 18
Our visit to St. Barnabas Church. The children enjoyed listening to religious stories and finding out about the different religious artefacts inside the church! 19
Our visit to St. Barnabas Church. The children enjoyed listening to religious stories and finding out about the different religious artefacts inside the church! 20

Our trip to Birmingham! Look at how much fun we had.

Outdoor Learning

Sadly there was no signs of the carrot and lettuce seeds we'd planted germinating, so we decided to not give up and planted some more. We shared reasons why they might not have grown and are being positive that soon there will be some seedlings this time. The beans had grown well.....could they have been magic seeds?

Picture 1 Making the right size hole.
Picture 2 Taking care not to damage the stem.

This week we have been learning all about The Prime Minister

This week we have been learning all about The Prime Minister 1 First we wrote as questions we wanted to find out
This week we have been learning all about The Prime Minister 2 How is The Prime Minister helping our country?
This week we have been learning all about The Prime Minister 3 Do you know the name of The Prime Minister?
This week we have been learning all about The Prime Minister 4 Trying to answer the questions.

Kestrels were fantastic fact finders this week learning all about The Prime Minister.

Miss Dodd was impressed to see lots of interesting questions we wanted to find out.

 

 

*Talking Tip*

Ask your child what they know about David Cameron?

You will be surprised just how much they know!

 

Look who have been on time 10 to 9!

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We are Artists!!

We are Artists!! 1 The inspiring artist
We are Artists!! 2 Now lets design our own.
We are Artists!! 3 Making sure the background stands out
We are Artists!! 4 Thinking about the shape and detail
We are Artists!! 5
We are Artists!! 6 Exploring by using different techniques
We are Artists!! 7
We are Artists!! 8 What do you think?

Kestrels have been learning all about the artist known as Georgia O'Keeffe.

Georgia O’Keeffe was an American artist who became famous for her large and colourful paintings of flowers.

We decided as a class to use the inspiration of Georgia O'Keeffe to create some of our own flowers using different resources.

Miss Dodd was very impressed by all of the Kestrels!! Take a look at the work they produced.

Outdoor Learning

Kestrels have been learning about the different parts of a plant. We looked at different vegetable seeds, talking about the differences and similarities. We shared our knowledge about making seeds grow well. Varun told us how he likes to do gardening at home.

Picture 1 Choosing seeds.
Picture 2 Spacing out the peas.
Picture 3 Beans in pots.
Picture 4 We'll need to give them water.
Picture 5 Ready for the greenhouse.

I can identify a right angle

I can identify a right angle  1 Measuring
I can identify a right angle  2 Using the 2d shapes to measure
I can identify a right angle  3 right angle is the corner of a square or rectangle
I can identify a right angle  4 Does this shape have a right angle?

Describing a setting - The Scented Garden

Describing a setting - The Scented Garden 1 Exploring the setting
Describing a setting - The Scented Garden 2 Thinking of describing words
Describing a setting - The Scented Garden 3 Adding describing words
Describing a setting - The Scented Garden 4 Using the describing words to write a sentence
Describing a setting - The Scented Garden 5 How can we improve our sentence?

Congratulations- 97% plus Attendance since September 2014! Thank you- This will have a positive impact upon your child's education.

 Congratulations- 97% plus Attendance since September 2014! Thank you- This will have a positive impact upon your child's education. 1

 

In preparation for the spring festival this coming Friday, Kestrels are learning a poem.

Encourage your child at home to rehearse the poem and come and watch them perform on Friday

 

Bunnies are brown,

Bunnies are white,

Bunnies are always,

An Easter delight.

 

Bunnies are soft,

Bunnies are furry,

Bunnies are fast,

They are always in a hurry.

 

Bunnies have a cute nose,

And a tail that goes thump.

They live in the meadow,

And in the grass they jump.

 

Bunnies are cute,

The big and the small,

But I like the chocolate ones,

Best of all!

 

Our next topic is 'The Scented Garden' as part of this topic we will be researching plants and their requirements to survive.       The children have been asked to design a model of a garden as part of their homework . I look forward to seeing some fantastic designs when the children return after the holidays.

 

World Book Day 2015- celebrating bedtime stories with hot chocolate and our favourite books

World Book Day 2015- celebrating bedtime stories with hot chocolate and our favourite books 1 Together as a class
World Book Day 2015- celebrating bedtime stories with hot chocolate and our favourite books 2 My favourite book
World Book Day 2015- celebrating bedtime stories with hot chocolate and our favourite books 3
World Book Day 2015- celebrating bedtime stories with hot chocolate and our favourite books 4
World Book Day 2015- celebrating bedtime stories with hot chocolate and our favourite books 5 Sharing bedtime stories
World Book Day 2015- celebrating bedtime stories with hot chocolate and our favourite books 6 Lights out goodnight

Outdoor Learning

Spring is here! Just like real farmers we're getting ready for the new growing season in our allotment. We planted seed potatoes. Some of us enjoy potatoes roasted or mashed, but everyone enjoys them cooked into chips.

Here's hoping that we get a good harvest. We learnt that this can depend on the weather and sometimes...... a lot of luck!

 

Picture 1 Making deep holes.
Picture 2 Checking the potatoes have 'chitted' well.
Picture 3 Into the holes they go.

Highlights of Condover Hall- a fantastic time had by all!

Understanding Division

Some of us get a chance to do our learning in the library. This group focussed really well to get to grips with division.

 They were very impressive solving division challenges by working methodically and accurately. Great checking of their answers too.

Sharing equally into each group.

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Checking each group has the same amount.

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Going on a 'bug hunt' helped the children search for mini beasts and bugs in their habitats.

Visit from the Life Education Caravan

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Visit from the Life Education Caravan 3
Visit from the Life Education Caravan 4
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The Life Education Caravan visited school this week and introduced the children to 'Harold'. He needed the children to show how they would feel if they were going to a party!

 

Kestrels also learnt about the inside of the body and the importance of the main organs. Ask you child to tell you what they learnt!

 

Outdoor Learning

We support the RSPB in their work by counting the birds around school for 1 hour, in the Big Schools' Birdwatch event.

It was a chilly afternoon but we did manage to spot some birds!

 


 

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Next week is 'Bird week'!

The Kestrels will be learning all about their class bird.

Our special writing will be producing a fact file for our class bird, use the link below to help support your child in learning facts at home.

http://goo.gl/ShXKSA

 

Outdoor Learning

Using our singing toy birds, we identified and explained the differences and similarities between the birds. Some had the same colour wing or chest feathers, whilst others had different shaped or coloured beaks.

We used the binoculars to spot birds and our singing toy birds helped to bring some closer to us.

Bird spotting.

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Which birdsong can you remember?

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Marble Jar Treat!

The Kestrels have been working extremely hard recently and managed to fill the marble jar.

As a class we had a vote and decided that we would have a disco to celebrate our hard work.

In Maths we have been using Arrays for recording Muliplication

 In Maths we have been using Arrays for recording Muliplication 1
 In Maths we have been using Arrays for recording Muliplication 2
 In Maths we have been using Arrays for recording Muliplication 3
 In Maths we have been using Arrays for recording Muliplication 4
 In Maths we have been using Arrays for recording Muliplication 5

 

The Kestrels had a special visit from Mrs Hunter introducing us to a new instrument known as the trumpet. The challenge was to see who could make the loudest sound using the trumpet. At first the Kestrels thought that this would be an easy challenge but soon we discovered this was harder than it first appeared. 

The trick was to keep your lips as flat as possible to create the loudest sound, once this was mastered the results were fantastic for our first attempt. 

 

 

Picture 1 The challenge was to create the loudest sound
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Parent week at Birches Green.

 Parent week at Birches Green. 1 Supreme's Dad told us about being a Youth Worker.
 Parent week at Birches Green. 2 Madeline's Nan told us about being a Childminder.
 Parent week at Birches Green. 3 Lauren's Mum discussed being a Mental Health Nurse

Outdoor Learning

We loved the story of The Selfish Giant in Literacy this week so much that we decided to create our own gardens for him to play in. Our first task was to collect just the right natural materials. Then we had to listen to each other's ideas to work out what to put in the garden. Next we had to co operate with each other to create it. We think the Selfish Giant would have fun in our new gardens.

Picture 1 A bushy tree.
Picture 2 We found moss, twigs, leaves and pebbles.
Picture 3 How about some pine cones as trees?

A tour of our garden.

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Each group explained their choices when making different parts of the garden.

P.E: Understanding what we already know about Dance

P.E: Understanding what we already know about Dance  1 First we looked at how to show we were happy
P.E: Understanding what we already know about Dance  2 Then we showed how we were sad
P.E: Understanding what we already know about Dance  3 We worked together to create a sequence
P.E: Understanding what we already know about Dance  4 What do you think to our sequences?
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P.E: Understanding what we already know about Dance  14 We thought about how to change levels in our dance

This week we showed off our moves in dance so we could assess together what we needed to develop this half term.

The challenge this week was to create a sequence using two or more moves together with a partner.

 

Miss Dodd was very impressed with everyone in P.E as we worked hard to listen and think about shape, emotion and levels in our dance sequences.

We had an amazing time on our theatre trip to see the Big Friendly Giant.

We had an amazing time on our theatre trip to see the Big Friendly Giant. 1 We were so excited to travel on the green bus
We had an amazing time on our theatre trip to see the Big Friendly Giant. 2 We saw lots of lanterns above our heads
We had an amazing time on our theatre trip to see the Big Friendly Giant. 3 We all enjoyed seeing the dreams float away
We had an amazing time on our theatre trip to see the Big Friendly Giant. 4 Next time lets go and see Room on the Broom!

The Peer Mediators proudly received bronze certificates for their hard work and dedication to Birches Green Infant School!

Well done!

Look at how many Kestrels came to school almost everyday last term!

 Look at how many Kestrels came to school almost everyday last term! 1
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Outdoor Learning

Being creative making Winter Wreaths.

The children's fine motor skills were put to good use cutting ivy, weaving it in and out the hoop and then tying knots. They felt very satisfied with the end result.

Picture 1 Reusing a broken hoop.
Picture 2 Taping it together.
Picture 3 Is it the correct length?
Picture 1 Weaving over and under.
Picture 2 Ta dah!
Picture 3 Wonderful winter wreath.

We are Scientists!

We are Scientists! 1 We tried hard to make a circuit
We are Scientists! 2 Working as a team
We are Scientists! 3 Look at what we made!
We are Scientists! 4 What gave the bulb electricity to work?
We are Scientists! 5 We worked hard together to make the circuit work
We are Scientists! 6 Think about how the electricity needs to travel
We are Scientists! 7 We did it!

Writing Project

 

Well done to the Writing project children who presented their work to Kestrels, parents, Mrs Ricketts and Mrs Plaha.  They were super confident and passed on lots of facts about their chosen topics and really impressed the audience! Well done again!!

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Outdoor Learning

We love to be busy gardening. Today we worked with a partner to plant up colourful primroses and cyclamen in pots to brighten up our playground. First we took out the old plants and compost, then put in fresh compost. We had to be gentle not to damage the roots on the new plants when planting them.

 

Picture 1 Taking out summer plants.
Picture 2 Adding fresh compost.
Picture 3 Primroses ready to plant.
Picture 4 Arranging the pots first.
Picture 5 Clearing away.
Picture 6 A good job done!
This month's value is 'Courage'.  The Peer Mediators led the assembly to remind all children that they are in the playground at playtimes to help with any problems.
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This week in Literacy we are learning about The Great Fire of London.

*Talking point*

Ask your child about events about The Great Fire of London and why the fire spread so quickly.

Our special writing this week is writing a diary entry as Samuel Pepys about what happened at the time of The Great Fire.

Use the link below to explore the story of The Great Fire of London to support your child at home with this topic.

 

 

This week Kestrels are working hard with money!

The challenge today was to find the total amount by identifying coins and giving change.

I was really impressed to see the Kestrels working together to complete the challenges.

Picture 1 Thinking of different ways to make amounts
Picture 2 We worked together to find the total
Picture 3 Let's use the money to help us count on.
Picture 4 We felt confident at the end of the lesson.

The Kestrels have a had a very busy first week back!

 

 

Our superstars this week are:

 

Celebrations: Husayn for fantastic effort in reading in school and at home.

Star Writer: Lewis for a fantastic piece of independent writing.

Golden Ticket Winner: Alena for always trying her best to succeed in all she does 

 

Look at how many Kestrels came to school almost everyday last term!

Look at how many Kestrels came to school almost everyday last term! 1

This week Kestrels have been learning all about 2D and 3D shapes. Our challenge this week was to describe the properties of a shape for others to guess its name.

This week Kestrels have been learning all about 2D and 3D shapes. Our challenge this week was to describe the properties of a shape for others to guess its name. 1 Our challenge was to describe a shape
This week Kestrels have been learning all about 2D and 3D shapes. Our challenge this week was to describe the properties of a shape for others to guess its name. 2 Can you guess what the shape could be?
This week Kestrels have been learning all about 2D and 3D shapes. Our challenge this week was to describe the properties of a shape for others to guess its name. 3 Name the shape
This week Kestrels have been learning all about 2D and 3D shapes. Our challenge this week was to describe the properties of a shape for others to guess its name. 4 Look what I found!

We have started our new topic of 'Celebrations' This week we have created firework pictures as well as diva's to add to the display.

We have started our new topic of 'Celebrations' This week we have created firework pictures as well as diva's to add to the display. 1
We have started our new topic of 'Celebrations' This week we have created firework pictures as well as diva's to add to the display. 2
We have started our new topic of 'Celebrations' This week we have created firework pictures as well as diva's to add to the display. 3
We have started our new topic of 'Celebrations' This week we have created firework pictures as well as diva's to add to the display. 4

Impact workshop It was great to see all of you working together with your child at the impact workshop and I look forward to seeing your completed stories by 7th November 2014. Thank you again for the support you provide for your child.

Caribbean poems

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This week we have been learning about poetry.
Our challenge was to work well in a team trying to perform the poem using different actions and keeping in time.
Miss Dodd decided to have a competition, the best group to perform would have their performance put on the website.
This group was fantastic at working well as a team, they kept in time and used different actions.

Ace dance caribbean dancing

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Kestrels had lots of fun today trying out caribbean dancing.
The challenge was to keep in time and try your best.

This weeks Shining Stars are:

 

Celebrations: Madeline for trying hard to learn a new strategy when adding.

 

Superstar Writer: Lauren for an excellent recount of the life of Ruby Bridges

 

Golden Ticket Winner: Raina for a fantastic attitude in school.

Outdoor Learning

 

We decided to plant some spinach and herbs as the weather has still been quite warm.

Hopefully they will grow well.

Picture 1 Sowing seeds carefully.
Picture 2 Watering them in.

Outdoor Learning

We discovered a beautiful caterpillar while weeding the allotment. We  talked about it's life cycle. For some of us it was  our first time holding a caterpillar.

Super speedy caterpillar!

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Picture 1 How many legs can I count?
Picture 2 Describing the markings on it's body.

Outdoor Learning

We teach our children that growing your own vegetables is eco-friendly.

They are cheaper than the supermarket, we can save petrol and cause less air pollution. They're tasty too!

 

We harvested potatoes planted by Year 2 in the Spring. It was good exercise as we really had to use our muscles.

We helped wash them before they were cooked into yummy roast potatoes for our school dinners.
Thank you to our school cooks.

 

My first time harvesting potatoes.

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Kestrels Trip to Bosworth Water Trust

We have been learning how to partition a number

We have been learning how to partition a number 1 We had to count the tens in each number
We have been learning how to partition a number 2 How many tens and units does 75 have?
We have been learning how to partition a number 3 Trying to write a number sentence for each number
We have been learning how to partition a number 4 How many groups of ten could you find?
We have been learning how to partition a number 5 It was a challenge!
We have been learning how to partition a number 6 We could work as a team to work out the answers

Look at our seaside picture creations

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Look at our seaside picture creations  2
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Look at our seaside picture creations  4
Look at our seaside picture creations  5

Our challenge today was to use the objects on our table to finish our seaside pictures. We had already created the background but now it was time to move onto the other part of the picture.

What do you think?

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