Beech Grove

 

WELCOME TO KESTRELS

           We are a Year 5 class and our teacher is Miss Jasmine Pettitt 

Spring 2 Class News

Kestrels have had an excellent half term and have been very successful in all their learning. The children have continued to be amazing at showing all of our school values, but especially resilience and courage as they take on new challenges in their learning. 

As Geographers, Kestrels have had an exciting half term developing their understanding of the human and physical geography found in the North American state of California. We have explored the importance of crops and farming in the Central Valley and how water shortages impact this agriculture and the economy.

As scientists, we have continued our learning about space. We have learned how to use the ancient method of using a sun dial to tell the time, explored how shadows are made, and how they change throughout the day. We have spent lots of time outside carrying out experiments and reinforcing our learning. To finish the term, we were lucky enough to have an amazing experience in the 'Explorer Dome' which we all truly loved. Some children commented that they thought the videos and information were so interesting, they want to go every day!

As mathematicians, we have developed our understanding of fractions and can now add and subtract fractions as well as multiply them. We have enjoyed using our new knowledge to work collaboratively to solve a variety of problems. We have continued to increase our fluency of times tables – something we will be continuing with next term. 

As writers, we have been authors of a newspaper report. We took our inspiration from our own finding tales last term and created a newspaper report on the finding. We had all sorts of reports, including: lost jewels, abandoned children, treasure maps and new species. We thought carefully about the reader, ensuring that our sentences were factual and included quotes, both direct and indirect. 

We can't wait for more exciting learning next term!

 

Spring 1 Class News

As historians, Kestrels have had an exciting half term learning all about the Vikings. We have had the opportunity to find out if they were just raiders and learned they had many more skills which have influenced our lives today. We have also learned about Alfred the Great and considered if he deserves the title of ‘Great’. Some of us agree but some think he was ‘just doing his job’ so should just be known as Alfred.

As scientists, we have enjoyed learning about space. We know how day and night occur on earth and have several ways to prove that the earth is spherical. Our space learning linked nicely with our computing unit where we created a database all about the different planets.

As mathematicians, we have enjoyed learning new multiplication and division strategies and are now using our multiplication recall in our fraction work. We have been using Cuisenaire rods to help us explore equivalent fractions and have built our own fraction wall.

As writers, we explored the poem ‘The Listeners’ by Walter de La Mare and have written our own poem in the same style. We enjoyed learning about the differences between poetry and fiction story writing. We can't wait for more exciting learning next term!

 

Autumn 2 Class News

We have had an amazing term full of exciting learning. We have enjoyed learning about plant reproduction and even explored asexual reproduction by taking cuttings of plants, watching them develop roots and potting them in our classroom. We love caring for them and watching them grow.

In DT we have designed, made and evaluated a fairground ride (with lots of perseverance!). We are very proud of our hard work and enjoyed sharing our creations with our peers.

We have had a great term learning all about the Geography of East Anglia. We looked at a range of maps including topographical maps, ready to investigate the human and physical geography of East Anglia.

We are looking forward to celebrating the end of our learning about East Anglia and the Anglo-Saxons with a trip to Escot for an Anglo-Saxon day in the new year.  

 

 

Autumn 1 Class News          

Kestrels have had a fantastic start to the school year. As writers we have been authors of a tale of fear and an information text. We were inspired by Hansel and Gretel and the witch's house and then by the Anglo-Saxons. In maths, we have completed our place value unit and out addition and subtraction unit. We worked incredibly hard to develop our perseverance when tackling tricky problems and worked systematically when answering multi-step word problems.  
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In our history lessons, we have explored reasons for the Anglo-Saxons settling in Britain and the impact they had. We love learning about Sutton Hoo and found the burial chamber fascinating as it gave us more information about their achievements, society, culture and beliefs. We have worked hard as scientist and have discovered how different forces work. For example, we looked at how surface area affects an object as it falls, how the shape of something affects how it moves through the water and explored why it is important to carry out a test three times. 
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We are ready for lots more learning in term 2! 

 

Remote Learning

If your child is self-isolating because they are displaying symptoms of COVID-19 or they have tested positive for COVID-19, they can still access their learning from home, if they are well enough to do so. All remote learning will be emailed directly to you (it will no longer be uploaded on to the school website). 
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We appreciate that some children may be feeling unwell, and will therefore not be able to continue with their learning at home.          
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We hope you find your child's remote learning enjoyable and easy to follow. If you have any problems at all in accessing this learning, please do not hesitate to email your child’s class teacher; we are here to support and guide you. Please photograph and email your child's work to the class email address which is: kestrels@educ.somerset.gov.uk