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Healthy Living 'Lifestyle' by Kestrels

We were fortunate enough to take part in a special song writing day with Nathan Timothy from 'The Songwriting charity'. We learned how songs are written, recorded and produced, we included verses, backing music, melodies and a chorus all about Healthy living. Built up layers of sound was fun; adding filters and special effects.  Listen carefully... can you hear the beat boxing and the Djembe drum in the background? Our song 'Lifestyle' can be downloaded on iTunes now.

Around the World


We have been learning about the world's continents, oceans and major cities in Topic. This has involved drawing maps on the playground and making 3D globes to show the equator, and tropics of Cancer and Capricorn. This was a messy but fun group activity! We have also learnt about Climate and Biomes and how these vary across the world. Do you know what a Biome is? (You'll find the answer along with some examples in our project folders.) We have also compared different places around the world and presented our findings in PowerPoint presentations. In Computing we looked at ways to present our information about the world and blogging too. We were fortunate enough to have a visit from Mr Leachman, a Parent Governor who shared his experiences of a recent trip to India with us. This was very interesting, we asked lots of geographical questions!

A big feature of our topic has been recent weather around the world including Hurricane Irma, which gripped us all. We followed the news reports, tracked the hurricane's journey and wrote our very own newspaper reports. You will find our fantastic writing displayed in our classroom.


Royal Observatory Trip

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Out of This World

Kestrels had a truly amazing day at the Royal Observatory in Greenwich.  They started the day with an engaging workshop based on the movement of the Earth, Moon and the Sun.  The children were able to see size comparisons between the Sun and the planets and learn more about the Earth's orbit.  We then visited a series of galleries that the children could learn about the history of space exploration and get an insight into future space missions.  Following a quick lunch break the children sat down for the planetarium show.  This was simply incredible, as the gasps from the children testified.  The children were given a guided tour of our sky and had the chance to look in greater depth at Mars and Neptune.  I know each child came back fascinated to learn more about our Solar System and beyond.       

The River Flows by Kestrels

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The children had a fantastic experience understanding what is involved in writing, performing and recording a song. Every member of the class contributed to the song writing process and in the final performance. 'The River Flows' is a song inspired about kindness, but also demonstrated how well the children are able to collaborate together in an enjoyable and effective way.

Amazing Amazon - Zoolab visit

During our topic on the Amazon Rainforest we had a visit from Zoolab. They came in with some rainforest animals which the children were able to handle and ask questions about.  They learnt a lot about the individual animals that they were shown and the impact that humans are having on their habitat.  

Amazing Amazon - Zoolab visit

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How tall is the giant? -  Maths morning

The children were given a giant footprint, and then had numerous maths problems to solve from it.  How tall is the giant? What are the perimeter and area of its bed and duvet? What is the capacity of the giant's mug?  The children were also given a cake recipe and had to work out how much of each ingredient the giant would need to make a cake and what percentage of the total ingredients he uses.  Throughout the morning the children used standard and non-standard units, addition, multiplication, division, capacity, area, perimeter, percentages and scaling to solve problems. 

Giant maths problems

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British Values Workshop

During the workshop the children discussed what it meant to be British and what values we feel are important.  The children then created a play, which they performed to the rest of Key Stage 2, showing examples of British Values and they included famous people who they believe demonstrate these values.  


British Values Workshop

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