We have had a fantastic first few days together, getting to grips with new routines… and each other! Year 5 have made a great start to the year, diving into our new topic of World War 2. Year 6 have now (almost) recovered from their Robin Wood residential and are getting ready to take on their responsibilities around school in their new job roles. In a couple of weeks, they will be meeting their Foundation Buddies and helping them to settle into our wonderful school.
This year promises to be another exciting adventure through our other topics of Savage Saxons & Vicious Vikings and Creeping Coasts, with visits from Moveable Feasts Drama Company, and visits to Thwaite Mills, Filey, not to mention some brilliant curriculum days and lots of cooking and creativity !
In addition, we have our annual Inter-house football, rugby, cycling and quiz competitions, and the legendary cross-country race, where we will be hoping to beat our scores from last year…fingers crossed! If we are good, Santa and the Easter Bunny may even pay us a visit this year – will you be able to hunt-out your egg?!
Another great highlight to look forward to, when hopefully the rules allow, is our end of year performance, “Evacuees” which promises to be another sell-out show! By this point, we will be getting our wonderful Year 6s ready for the big step-up to secondary school, and will finally send them off with an emotional trip down memory lane, at our Leavers' Concert.
There is so much to look forward to over the next year. Here’s to a fantastic autumn, spring and summer. Let’s work hard and play hard in Kestrel Class!
Mrs Jarvis, Mrs White, Miss Clarkson and Mrs Weatherhead
We've had a full-on first week back after the holidays! Well done everyone for coming back with such great focus!
In PSHE, we have been thinking about the dangers of stereotyping individuals, and have enjoyed evaluating television adverts aimed at young people. What a reflective and fair-minded group of people we have in our class! Linked to this, some of our Year 5s have this week applied to become Mindmate Mental Health Ambassadors for school, and will, if successful, be excellent in the role of promoting good mental health throughout school - well done Year 5!
We have also been enjoying our new fish and chip shop role play, connected to our new topic of Creeping Coasts (although we have spent most of our topic time this week completing our Viking folders of work - almost there now!).
Today we have started a new PE unit of work on Orienteering, and thoroughly enjoyed reading maps and searching the meadow for clues (until the heavens opened!). We are looking forward to building on these teamwork and communication skills next week, when we will have to guide each other around the course blindfolded!!
Keep up the good work Kestrels! Have a lovely weekend!
We've had another full-on but lovely week in Kestrels. In maths, we have been continung with our mesuring work, and then in the latter part of the week, we have been revising our understanding of 2D and 3D shapes, culminating in a investigation into the nets of cubes today!
We have also managed to complete our dragonfly explanation texts - there is now nothing we do not know about this incredible little insect - truly amazing!
On Tuesday, we got a sneak preview of the lower Key Stage 2 performance of Abbarella at the dress rehearsal, and what a show it was! We had some proud big brothers and sisiters watching on and we were all very impressed with their confidence on stage. Well done Year 3 and 4! Year 6 also got to watch their Foundation Buddies at their Easter Bonnet parade and came back brimming with pride.
On Wednesday we enjoyed hunting for our Easter eggs with the Easter bunny too. A very action-packed week all in all!
Have a lovely holiday; let's hope the rain stops for us!
P.S. To the person who's left their mobile phone at school, I will keep it locked away in the stock cupboard for safe keeping. I will be in school 10- 1 on Monday, should you wish to collect.
This week in maths we have been continuing our investigations into different types of measures. Today, we measured the capacity of various vessels and converted these measures between ml and l. Great teamwork everyone!
On Tuesdy we had our Sciende Day in UKS2. The children travelled around the three classrooms and learned about the lifecycles of seahorses and birds, and about the ingeneous pollination of flowers by different insects.
On Thursday, we had a visit from the Dog's Trust, and learned a great deal about how to care for our canine friends and how to stay safe around them.
And finally, today we have been busy in Art & Design creating Viking amulets of Thor's hammer, Mjölnir, from clay. A very messy but fun end to the week!
Next week we are looking forward to or anual Easter egg hunt and cross country race!
Have a lovely weekend!
We have also got our new class reward system up an running - can you tell who our first Striking Viking was in the picture?
In PE, we have been sampling the para-sport of Boccia. Watching clips from the last Paralympics, of the athletes competing, really brought it home to us how skilful they are - as we now realise it is much trickier than they make it look! Sticking with PE, well done to our Year 5s who, this week, represented our school at an athletics meet. They all came back out of puff, but were really chuffed with the effort they had all put in, in tricky conditions. We are very proud of you all!
Next week, we have our Drama workshop with Moveable Feasts to look forward to, where we will explore Saxon life and what happened when the Vicious Vikings attacked Lindisfarne. It's going to get gory!!
Have a lovely weekend!
We have had a great first week back, sharing Christmas stories and what we have got up to in the holidays. This week, we have not yet started our new Saxon and Viking topic as we are busy wrapping-up WW2. The last couple of weeks before Christmas were so full of illness that we decided to spend a bit of time getting pieces of work finished properly, before moving on.
One of the highlights was our London Underground charcoal drawings in the style of Wartime artist Henry Moore. It really brought it home to us how awful it must have been sleeping on the train tracks each night! It also taught us how to draw using perspective and vanishing points. They look fantastic, and are now on display in our school corridor for you to take a peak at, at the up-coming parents' evening.
On Wednesday, we had a tea party for Mrs White as it was her last day with us at Littlemoor, after ten years of working with KS2. Thank you to those parents who kindly sent in buns for us - I have never seen children annihilate plates of buns, doughnuts and biscuits quite so quickly!! All washed down with cups of tea - very civilised (!). We wish Mrs White well in her new career and will miss her dearly.
Have a lovely weekend everyone!
It's been full of parties, carol concert rehearsals, the carol concert itself, Year 6 watching The Snowman with their buddies, guitarists performing for Key Stage 1 and serenading the lunch hall - no wonder we're all shattered!
Thank you for all of the donations for our parties - the children enjoyed tucking-in to proper party food for the first time in a couple of years. They all participated in the games and competitions in great spirit, and a good time was had by all!
A special well done to those Kestrels, Carissa, Sophie and Kaitlyn, who performed at church this morning; it's incredibly nerve-wracking to get up in front of all of those people, in unfamiliar surroundings, and you all did a brilliant job.
A quick reminder, that our PE days will be on Wednesday (outside) and Friday (inside) from January. Please also see today's newsletter from the office which details other events happening in the new year.
And another thank you from all of the staff in Kestrels for your generous Christmas gifts and cards. We never expect anything and have been overwhelmed by your thoughtfulness and kind words.
Have a wonderful Christmas and New Year.
Love, Mrs Jarvis, Mrs White, Miss Clarkson, Mrs Weatherhead.
We have all enjoyed watching both the KS1 and Foundation concerts this week, and finalising our preparations for the carol concert in church next Friday- our singing is sounding just beautiful!
Today, we have enjoyed a delicious Christmas dinner, complete with roasted parsnips, Christmas pudding and crackers to pull. Hurrah for our kitchen staff! The children also looked fabulous in their Christmas jumpers and came into school full of festive cheer.
Next week, we still have lots of work to do ("We're not doing real work next week, are we?!" was the favourite question of the day!!), as well as making our Christmas cards, calendars and decorations. But we do, however, have our parties on Thursday to look forward to too :-)
Here's to a lovely final Christmassy week from Monday!
This evening, your child should have brought home, in their planner, their party invitation. Year 5's party is on the afternoon of Thursday 15th December and Year 6's is after school, 3:15 - 5pm on the same day.
There is a consent slip attached to the Year 6 invitation if you wish your child to make their own way home at this time - just so we know who to release and who is expecting a parent to collect.
Also, on the invitation for both year groups is the food/ drink contribution that your child has volunteered to bring. Any contribution is for 6 children only - not the whole year group! We are mindful that times are a little hard at the moment, so please don't worry if you are unable to contribute.
On a completely different note, we could do with a few more shoe boxes to complete our DT work, if anyone has some more they could bring in.
Kestrel Trip to Thwaite Mills