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Kestrel - Years 5 & 6

Mr Chedgy and Mrs James welcome you to

Kestrel Class!

Reminders:

  • P.E is on Monday afternoons
  • Spelling tests will take place on Thursday afternoons
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World Book Day

World Book Day is a great occasion for children and adults to dress up as their favourite character from a book to promote reading. The children in Kestrel Class read a lot and they looked fantastic in their chosen costumes. We had a huge variety of characters including: Hermione Grainger from Harry Potter, Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz and Dennis from The Boy in the Dress.

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Arvon - Creative Writing

The children had a whimsical time working with personal tutors Louisa and Stephen. They grew in confidence as the week progressed and their writing, which was astounding, was extremely emotive at times. It was a pleasure to see them working together as a team in the kitchen, cooking dinner from scratch and maintaining a clean and hygienic environment. The children were impeccably behaved during our week at Totleigh Barton, and they were a credit to themselves and to the school.

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The children were split into small groups and they all had the opportunity to make dinner, serve it and clean up afterwards. We definitely have some future chefs in Kestrel Class as the food was delicious. The children were extremely helpful throughout our trip, offering to wash and dry up after each meal.
We had an abundance of time to explore the grounds at Totleigh Barton. It was a beautiful place, there was plenty of room to play and explore and the views across the fields were spectacular. The arrival of the snow on Wednesday made the free time even more exciting. The grounds (and the weather) provided us with all the inspiration that we needed to write creatively.

Pupil Voice -

At Arvon, the tutors (Stephen and Louisa) supported us with our writing throughout the week. With Stephen, we focused on writing story plans. When we worked with Louisa, we looked at different types of poetry. After going to Arvon, our writing is a lot more imaginative. We were even able to write poems about plug holes and other strange objects. We all found the writing fun and we learned so much at Arvon. We would love to go back again soon.

Robotics Day

The Year 5 and 6 children had a fantastic time on their 'Mission to Mars'. The children worked in teams to program their robots, demonstrating great communication throughout. The teams competed in a variety of out of this world problem solving scenarios and they thoroughly enjoyed the puzzles and problems put before them.

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Wake and Shake

The children in Kestrel Class always enjoy coming up with a new dance routine for Wake and Shake. This term they have created a routine to accompany the theme tune for the recent blockbuster film: The Greatest Showman. The Year 6 children did a great job teaching their buddies in Owl Class the new routine.   

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Kestrel Class INSPIRE Morning

This week, Kestrel Class held their annual INSPIRE Morning. This had a World War II art and design and technology theme. We had lots of fun making Woolton Pie, fashioning our own personal pin cushions, creating a poppy collage, and designing medals and propaganda posters. Thank you to all the parents, grandparents and adult helpers who came to support the children.     

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Christmas Jumper Day

Here at Bishop Henderson School, we wore our festive jumpers to support the Save the Children charity.  The children in KS2 looked great in their bright and colourful jumpers. The money raised by the school will support the Save the Children charity in their on-going projects to alleviate poverty across the world.

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Bishop Henderson Christmas Fair

The Year 6 children have been working hard in preparation for the Christmas Fair. We have designed a variety of fantastic games for adults and children to enjoy. These games will be located in Kestrel Class. Please come along and support the school on Friday 8th December. 

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Our Visit to Downside Abbey

On Thursday 16th November, Kestrel Class were fortunate enough to go on a school trip to Downside Abbey. When we arrived, we were welcomed with squash and biscuits - it was yummy! We then played a game of eye-spy around the church. It was a great laugh as everyone got to draw their own picture of a tomb and some were hilarious. It was amazing how old everything was. After lunch, we made butter. It used up all of our energy because we had to shake a pot of double cream for about 5-10 minutes. Then, we had an opportunity to try the butter; it was delicious! We then got to plant lettuce and take it home, so it can grow into a big, juicy lettuce that we can eat. After, we were able to have a conversation with a monk. His name was Father Michael. We asked him lots of questions. Now we know lots about monks and their celebrations. Sadly, it was then time to head back to school. It was certainly a trip that we will never forget: it was amazing!

The Great Bishop Henderson Bake-Off

This year, the children of Bishop Henderson Primary School participated in their very own Bake-Off. Over 100 children baked something delicious at home and brought their food in to school. The food was judged, and the winner and runner-up from each class were rewarded with a wonderful prize. The Year 6 children then opened the Maths Cafe. The children experienced operating a till, washing up, waiting on tables and serving customers as well as organising and managing a team. The parents enjoyed trying out all of the cakes on offer and the Year 6 children loved running their own business for the day. The event was a great success.

 

Thank you to all of the parents that helped with the organisation and running of the cafe.

Pottery in Kestrel Class

We were very lucky to have Mr Inns come in and do some pottery with us this term. We made bird feeders on the potter’s wheel. The following week, we were able to decorate them. Firstly, we cut out a shape to make a hole; secondly, we made coils and pebbles to stick on our bird feeders with slip, which is clay and water mixed together. They have now been taken off to the kiln to harden the clay and then they will be glazed.

Residential Trip - Bristol

The Year 5 and 6 children have been on a residential trip to Bristol. We had a fun-filled week visiting the rare and exotic animals in the zoo, creating our very own street dance, discovering the weird and wonderful street art of Bristol, crossing the architectural masterpiece that is Clifton Suspension Bridge, and having a feast fit for a king at Za Za Bazaar.

The highlight of the week for many of the children was the stand-up paddleboarding on the waterways of Bristol Harbourside. Some children played games such as Sharks and Fishes, while others used cooperation and teamwork to travel to Brunel’s SS Great Britain for a paddle in front of the impressive ship.

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We ended the week on a relaxing open top bus tour around this remarkable city, which was followed by an excursion along the River Avon on a ferry named Matilda. What a fantastic, unforgettable week!
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