Welcome to the Kestrels' page!
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:
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!
Our final Topic this year is called 'Street Detectives'.
The children will be challenged to find out all about their home city of Birmingham!
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?
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.
Ask your child what they know about David Cameron?
You will be surprised just how much they know!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Peer Mediators proudly received bronze certificates for their hard work and dedication to Birches Green Infant School!
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.
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!!
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.
This week in Literacy we are learning about The Great Fire of London.
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.
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
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.
We decided to plant some spinach and herbs as the weather has still been quite warm.
Hopefully they will grow well.
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.
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.
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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