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Welcome to the Kestrels! Our Teachers are Mr Bridger and Miss Patel and our Teaching Assistants are Mrs Hammond (Monday) and Mrs Terheege

We are  looking forward to working with you to help your children develop over the coming year.

In Kestrels class we are working hard to 'Climb the ladder to success' by reading at home, learning  spelling and completing homework, this helps us to become independent learners.

 

​Please make sure you come back to check the web page as the children enjoy sharing their learning with you at home.

 

 

 

Birches Green's Got Talent 

What talented children we are so lucky to have at our school! We had lots of fun watching and applauding one group perform from each class.

Our team of judges, led by Mrs Williams, gave super advice to each group. Well done to the Kestrel judges' comments as they were thoughtful and very inspiring. The hard part was choosing the best talent and we felt so proud when the judges chose the performers from Kestrel Class.

 

Judging our talented performers.

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The Sparkly Diamonds

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Well done to the peer mediators for their dedication and hard work this year! Today they received their gold certificates.

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Well done to the peer mediators who have been active in helping to train up the year one children ready for September.

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Outdoor Learning

Our first harvest of onions from the allotment! We remembered that the onions had been planted in autumn as tiny little bulbs. Haven't they grown well? We weighed them and then took them to Anne, our cook. The next day we were able to enjoy yummy onion gravy with our roast dinner.....from our little'farm' to our forks. Healthy, delicious, good value and grown by Year 2.

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Queen Elizabeth's 90th Birthday Celebrations

What a special day to be able to honour and celebrate our Queen in lots of different ways. We looked wonderful dressed in red, white and blue, together with our impressive crowns we'd made. We all made cucumber sandwiches and then painted portraits of the Queen, researched her reign and used our smart handwriting to help us learn the national anthem.

 

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Our preparations meant we all had a wonderful and memorable party, with delicious food and amazing singing.

Impressive singing.

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Congratulations Your Majesty!

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Bird Week

We care a lot about nature and especially birds. This week we've researched our class bird, the kestrel. The reports we wrote have lots of amazing facts. Here are some of them. 

 

 

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Let's Get Sugar Smart!

In Science today we've been learning how important it is to eat a balanced and healthy diet by making smart swaps instead of choosing  drinks and food that have a lot of sugar in them.

Kestrels could explain what too much sugar can do to our teeth and to our body, so we decided that we'd have sugary things as treats and not for everyday.

 

 

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Kestrels have all painted their square onto the Elmer Book Bench this week..... But will they remember what colour they chose and the location of their square ?

This afternoon we visited the Junior school so that we could see where we will be going and the fun things we'll be doing in September!

This afternoon we visited the Junior school so that we could see where we will be going and the fun things we'll be doing in September! 1
This afternoon we visited the Junior school so that we could see where we will be going and the fun things we'll be doing in September! 2
This afternoon we visited the Junior school so that we could see where we will be going and the fun things we'll be doing in September! 3
This afternoon we visited the Junior school so that we could see where we will be going and the fun things we'll be doing in September! 4
This afternoon we visited the Junior school so that we could see where we will be going and the fun things we'll be doing in September! 5
This afternoon we visited the Junior school so that we could see where we will be going and the fun things we'll be doing in September! 6
This afternoon we visited the Junior school so that we could see where we will be going and the fun things we'll be doing in September! 7
This afternoon we visited the Junior school so that we could see where we will be going and the fun things we'll be doing in September! 8
This afternoon we visited the Junior school so that we could see where we will be going and the fun things we'll be doing in September! 9

Our first planting of vegetable and herb seeds in the raised beds in our allotment. We're keeping our green fingers crossed that the seeds will have started to grow by next week!
 

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We performed some of the plays that we had written at the REP theatre this week!

Our sketching skills are really improving.Taking our time and making light strokes to start with, really helped to create our portraits. Can you guess who we are?

Some children in our class are super peer mediators at playtimes!

Easter Performance!

Easter Performance! 1 We invited our parents!
Easter Performance! 2 Colourful!
Easter Performance! 3 A performance not to be missed!
Easter Performance! 4 All ready
Easter Performance! 5 Amazing singing
Easter Performance! 6 What super headgear!

Performing at the Rep Theatre

We have been working with Philip (with one 'l') from the Rep Theatre each Wednesday after school in a drama club. We all took part in bringing ideas together to develop a short play which we then got to perform at the Rep Theatre in Birmingham. We were all very excited and a little nervous on the night but we were fabulous and performed really well. We all thoroughly enjoyed our experience. Here are some of the pictures from behind the scenes and also a little video of part of the rehearsal. 

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Picture 3 Look how tall the ceiling is!
Picture 4 Waiting to go through to the stage.
Picture 5 Wow, all those seats will be full later.
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Picture 7 The view from the top.
Picture 8 Rehearsal time.
Picture 9 We asked Philip questions about the Rep theatre.
Picture 10 We found the puppet of the Lion, it was huge!
Picture 11 More scenery making.
Picture 12 Our dressing room.
Picture 13 Stars for the day.
Picture 14 We loved the mirrors darling!
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Picture 16 Keeping busy backstage.
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Picture 18 Rehearsing our lines.
Picture 19 Curtain call, five minutes to go before we're on!

Guess who filled the marble jar!!!

Guess who filled the marble jar!!! 1
Guess who filled the marble jar!!! 2
Guess who filled the marble jar!!! 3
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Guess who filled the marble jar!!! 5

Learning all about weight in Maths.

Learning all about weight in Maths. 1 Ordering from lightest to heaviest.
Learning all about weight in Maths. 2 Can we balance the scales
Learning all about weight in Maths. 3 Can we find anything that weights more or less.
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Learning all about weight in Maths. 5 Working together.
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Learning all about weight in Maths. 7 We even ordered weights on the computer.

Practising our Athletics skills!

Practising our Athletics skills! 1
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Practising our Athletics skills! 5 Hurdles!
Practising our Athletics skills! 6 Long jump
Practising our Athletics skills! 7 We were working on how to land
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Practising our Athletics skills! 9 Speed bounce
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Practising our Athletics skills! 12 Javelin
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Musical instrument making! Can you name the instruments?

Learning all about the Lifecycle of a frog in Science!

Learning all about the Lifecycle of a frog in Science! 1 Can we order the sequence correctly?
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Learning all about the Lifecycle of a frog in Science! 4 Writing facts we can remember.
Learning all about the Lifecycle of a frog in Science! 5 Did you know frogs have ears behind their eyes!
Learning all about the Lifecycle of a frog in Science! 6 Creating our own fact booklets.

Irish Dancing!

Irish Dancing! 1 Ready for action!
Irish Dancing! 2
Irish Dancing! 3 Starting position
Irish Dancing! 4
Irish Dancing! 5
Irish Dancing! 6 With our groups
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Irish Dancing! 8 Keep in time.
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Irish Dancing! 16 What a beautiful song to end with!

SPAG workshop- Thank you for coming to support your child.

This year we are all learning a special Wake-up Shake-up for Sports Relief on Friday 18th March. Learn the song and dance then come and join in with us in the playground before school.

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Music Lesson 2 exploring the tempo

Today in music we were exploring the word tempo, which means the speed of music. We listened to three different songs and thought about the speed of them:Adagio by Albinoni, Rhapsody in Blue by Gershwin , The Blue Danube Waltz by Strauss and The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba by Handel, some had varying speeds. 

 

We then explored using different tempo and volumes on drums. Miss Dodd told a story with different emotions and we had to use the drums to show the changing feelings in the story.

 

Then as a super challenge some children even made their own story for the class to think about the changing emotions as well. 

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Toy theatre session

 

This week in our workshop with Philip from the REP, we focused on scene 2 from our plays. All of the plays our based in castles and the children are showing great imagination and creativity in their script writing.

 

Next week we will be making our characters and scenes with an exciting session from a puppet maker. 

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Parent Week- Thank you Kimberleigh and Saniyahs Mum

Growing cress seeds in Science

 

 

 

This week Kestrels decided to start their very own Science experiment growing cress to see where it would grow the best.

Some of us could remember plants need sunlight to grow and water. 

First we set our seeds, wrote our prediction to where we thought it would grow and why. 

Then we placed it in the area in the classroom.

Stay tuned to find out which had the best results.

 

Talking tip 

What instructions did we follow?

Why do you think it will grow the best in ....?

 

Look at plants inside and out to compare the results they have as well. 

 

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Book Swap - Kestrels enjoyed every minute of it!

Dance Core assessment

 

This week Miss Dodd challenged us to listen to the music and show a different emotion in our movements. All of Kestrels tried extremely hard with this task and it became easier to change our movements. When the music was happy we tried showing this with skipping and stretching our arms wide but when the music was sad we moved a lot more slowly and were quite closed with our actions. 

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Athletics Core assessment

 

Kestrels have been practising and developing skills for the upcoming athletics competition. 

One of the first challenges was to see who was the fastest runner in the class. We worked hard to think about our speed and endurance during the races. 

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REP Toy Theatre- Week 1

 

In Year 2 we are lucky enough to be involved in a link with The REP Theatre in Birmingham. Over the next five weeks we will have weekly visits from Philip who will help the children create and write their own scripts all about castles.

 At the end of the half term the best play will be chosen and the class will watch professional actors perform it at the REP!

 

This week we have worked in our groups to think about our play, characters and where Scene 1 will take place.

 

Our job this week is to continue working with our groups to develop our scripts by writing Scene 1 as a group, remembering to describe the characters and setting the scene.

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Picture 2 Pretending to find 'The Magic Pen'
Picture 3 Do we make good actors?
Picture 4 Drawing and designing our characters.
Picture 5 Look at our character designs
Picture 6 We learnt about how you start writing a script.

Look at our attendance for Autumn term!

Look at our attendance for Autumn term! 1

Spring 1 newsletter and topic web

Happy New Year Everyone!

 

Welcome back. We hope you've had a restful and relaxing break.

The children have returned with smiles and enthusiasm, ready to learn.

 

Castles is our new topic and it began today with curiosity and amazement!

Kestrels were transported back to life in a castle in medieval times.

 

Wel and Karen, our medieval visitors, not only told us interesting facts,

but also let us try on clothing, armour and cook, as if we were real medieval people.

Pushing bellows to make the fire hotter.

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Grinding wheat into flour.

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Colourful medieval trousers.

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Picture 1 Velvet and woollen clothes made us feel special.
Picture 2 Dresses with laces were a challenge to fasten.
Picture 3 Fancy veiled hats.
Picture 4 Churning cream took muscles.
Picture 5 Our hard work paid off! Yummy butter.
Picture 6 Cooking over a fire.
Picture 7 Cooking a goose on the spit was hot work.
Picture 8 Apprentice bakers.
Picture 9 This steel chest plate is so heavy.
Picture 10 I feel protected in my armour.
Picture 11 My helmet is super heavy.
Picture 12 We're ready to protect our King of the castle.
We discovered such a lot from our fascinating Castle Workshop with Wel and Karen and are very keen to get stuck into our new topic. Please ask us what we've learnt.

Castle Art.

Castle Art. 1 Drawing a sharp outline with a wax crayon.
Castle Art. 2 Adding detail to my castle.
Castle Art. 3 Painting it over with a water colour wash.
Castle Art. 4 Getting just the right amount of water and paint.

Castles fit for a King or Queen.

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Our new topic!

 

After the Christmas holidays we are going to be learning all about castles!

 

Could you please save and gather cardboard boxes, shoe boxes, cardboard packaging and tubes of all sizes for us to construct our very own castles at the end of the topic.

 

Here are some examples of what our castles might look like, so you know what materials would be useful for us.

 

Please bring in the materials after the Christmas holiday in a bag, thank you in advance!

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From all the Kestrels!

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Christmas party day

 

Kestrels had an amazing time at their Christmas party today.

We played exciting games like musical bumps, pass the parcel and islands. Then we had a special visit from Santa he even gave us each a present!!

Afterwards we ate lots of party food it was delicious!!

We had an amazing time at our party!

 

Strictly Come Skating Performance

 

Kestrels were fantastic in their performance today singing, dancing and acting.

A big well done to everyone for working so hard and trying your best!

If you would like to buy a copy of the performance please see the school office as they are on sale for £3.00.

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One More Sleep 'Til Christmas (From "The Muppet Christmas Carol")

Help at home by practising Kestrels song for the Christmas production.

Kestrels Colourful Creations!!

Kestrels Colourful Creations!! 1 Come and buy!
Kestrels Colourful Creations!! 2 Look at what we made
Kestrels Colourful Creations!! 3 Our first customer!
Kestrels Colourful Creations!! 4 A very happy customer
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Kestrels Colourful Creations!! 6 Counting our profit!
Kestrels Colourful Creations!! 7 We made £51.70

Singing connections

 

Today we had a special visitor, Sarah came in to teach us some exciting songs. The session was great fun learning lots of new songs to use with our friends. 

 
 
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Winter Fayre

 

Thank you to all those who came to our Winter Fayre, it was a great success and we hope you had a wonderful time! Kestrels had lots of fun after singing they got to have fun on all the different stalls and games. 

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A visit from Santa

 

After the Winter Fayre, Kestrel class took their special letters that they had written to go and see Santa. Everyone was so excited even Miss Dodd. Mrs Clause even gave us a lollipop each!

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Busy week in Maths 

 

This week Kestrels have been learning all about division.

We learn that you can share equally to find the answer to a division calculation

Throughout the week we tried lots of different strategies to aid us in solving different questions. 

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Art- Printing

 

We have learnt a new artistic technique, printing.

First we decided what our repeated pattern for our Christmas card was going to be. Then, we used a sharp pencil to score our pattern in a polystyrene tile. We used rollers and acrylic paint, creating bold and festive repeating patterns.

 

Wait until you see our amazing printed Christmas cards!

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Design and Technology- Christmas finger puppets

 

We have been designing, making and evaluating a Christmas finger puppet.

 

We began by thinking of what puppets we could design by looking at images of puppets on Google. Then we thought of different materials we would need to make them. 

 

Next we used running stitch to sew two pieces of material together to make the puppet and then we decorated it!

 

Look at the amazing skills we learnt!

Picture 1 Draw round the template
Picture 2 Cut it out carefully
Picture 3 Practising running stitch
Picture 4 Concentrating hard

A minion reasons to be on time!!

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Maths - adding using partitioning examples

Maths - adding using partitioning examples 1 Practise these simple strategies at home.
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Maths - adding using partitioning examples 3

English

Kestrels have been hard at work this week making Halloween potions.

 

We used our potions to help inspire ou writing building up our exciting adjectives when describing.

 

Talking point:

Ask your child what is a smilie?

Describe objects around your home encourage your child to think of how to improve their vocabulary for example dark cupboard, dark, gloomy cupboard.

 

Making Halloween Potions!

Making Halloween Potions! 1 Stiring
Making Halloween Potions! 2 How could we descrirbe our potion?
Making Halloween Potions! 3 What shall we make our potion do?
Making Halloween Potions! 4 What do you think to our creations?
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Making Halloween Potions! 7 Frogs slime!

Science

 

In Science this week we were learning about microhabitats, which is a very small area to live, within a habitat, such as: under a rock, a pond, a tree or a pile of leaves.

 

We decided to go on a mini beast hunt to investigate where different mini beasts live.

 

Talking point

* How many micro habitats can you name?

* What minibeasts did we find on our hunt?

* Which mini beasts didn't we find?

Autumn walk

This week Kestrels have been using Autumn to inspire their writing.

Today they have been on an Autumn walk around the school using their senses to describe their findings.

 

We have learnt how to use alliteration, adjectives and similes to make our poetry exciting and interesting for the reader.

 

 

Questions to ask:

 

What does Autumn sound like?

What is alliteration?

What is a simile?

What is an adjective?

 

 

Following instructions

Autumn 2 newsletter and topic grid

English- writing instructions for a purpose

 
In English we were making sandwiches, we had to work together to write  a detailed set of instructions to send to Mr and Mrs Grinling, from the Lighthouse Keeper's Lunch, so that they could try something new.
 
All week we have been improving our instructions by adding adjectives for description, adverbs to tell us how we are performing an action and time words to help us order our instructions.

 

Talking Tip!

To support your child in their instruction writing ask them:

What is an adverb?

What title can be added to your instructions?

What adjective can you think of to describe the ingredients below?

  • Lettuce
  • Cheese
  • Butter
  • Bread

                                                          

 

We are SuperStars!

 

  • 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.

 

Please check back to see who are the 'SuperStars' are this week!

 

This week in Maths we are learning to present data.

This week in Maths we are learning to present data.  1 Sorting the ice creams!!
This week in Maths we are learning to present data.  2 Shall we order them from big to small.
This week in Maths we are learning to present data.  3 Now to count how many in each set.
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This week in Maths we are learning to present data.  6 Working as a team!
This week in Maths we are learning to present data.  7 Is it easy for us to read?

Learning to record data using a bar chart

Learning to record data using a bar chart 1 Working together to compare results
Learning to record data using a bar chart 2 How many more are needed?
Learning to record data using a bar chart 3 Which colour did people prefer?
Learning to record data using a bar chart 4 Checking results
Learning to record data using a bar chart 5 Recording the data

Finding out all about the seaside in Geography!

Finding out all about the seaside in Geography! 1 Recording all that we know
Finding out all about the seaside in Geography! 2 What can we find out using an Atlas?
Finding out all about the seaside in Geography! 3
Finding out all about the seaside in Geography! 4 Looking for the nearest seaside places
Finding out all about the seaside in Geography! 5
Finding out all about the seaside in Geography! 6 Recording information using the computer

Kestrels have worked very hard designing and making ice creams for our role play area!

Kestrels have worked very hard designing and making ice creams for our role play area! 1 What flavours shall we have?
Kestrels have worked very hard designing and making ice creams for our role play area! 2 Don't forget each ice cream needs a flake as well!
Kestrels have worked very hard designing and making ice creams for our role play area! 3
Kestrels have worked very hard designing and making ice creams for our role play area! 4
Kestrels have worked very hard designing and making ice creams for our role play area! 5 Working hard together.
Kestrels have worked very hard designing and making ice creams for our role play area! 6 A job well done!

Please click on the link below to see content from 2014/15:-

http://www.birchgni.bham.sch.uk/kestrels-1/

                                                                

Our topic this half term is 'Beachcombers'. The children will be challenged to find out all about their local seaside town. You can support your child by ensuring they return their holiday diary as well as researching what creatures they can find at the seaside. 

Please take a look our topic web and what we will be learning this half term

Fantastic start to the year for Kestrels!

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