Welcome to the Kestrels class page!
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.
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.
Well done to the peer mediators for their dedication and hard work this year! Today they received their gold certificates.
Well done to the peer mediators who have been active in helping to train up the year one children ready for September.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
* How many micro habitats can you name?
* What minibeasts did we find on our hunt?
* Which mini beasts didn't we find?
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?
English- writing instructions for a purpose
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?
We are SuperStars!
Please check back to see who are the 'SuperStars' are this week!
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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.