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Kestrel Class 2019-20

Miss Allen and Mrs James welcome you to

Kestrel Class!

Keep an eye out for regular uploads to your child's Seesaw account.



  • P.E is on Tuesday afternoons (children should keep P.E kit in school throughout the week)
  • Spelling tests will take place on Thursday mornings


Hello Kestrels,

It was lovely to see you and celebrate your time at Bishop Henderson earlier at your Leavers Zoom. I just want to say again how proud I am of all of you and wish you lots of luck next year at secondary school.


Please continue working through your transition help here on our class page. I know the ones at school are finding it really useful. I have also set you the challenge this week of making your own 'A to Z of the year'. Mine is below. Please have a go at your own A - Z of the year and post yours on the blog!


If you are wanting to still do some maths work, the worksheets and answers are available for you. 


My A - Z of the Year!



For the next two weeks the home learning that I am setting is all to do with transition. As your final two weeks approach, it is important to reflect on your time at primary school and prepare for September. The transition PowerPoints we will be doing in school but I also suggest doing them with someone at home so you can all talk about what it is going to be like in September. Like the transition PowerPoints, we will be doing a lot of the transition activities in school but please feel free to do them at home as well. 


I have also put on a lesson about using maps. When talking about secondary school, the main worries were about getting lost and not being able to read a map. In order to help you with this, there is a PowerPoint and code cracking worksheet (no peeking at the answers). 


If you are still wanting to complete maths work, I have uploaded the worksheets and answers for this week. As well as this, I have uploaded another art lesson to complete if you wish.


I want to wish everyone a happy transition morning (or afternoon) over the next two weeks and look forward to hearing all about them. Remember to smile, it is such an exciting time for all of you!

Using maps PowerPoint


Hi Kestrels,


Thank you to all of you that have engaged with the home learning activities that I set for this week. It was great to see your work posted on the blog. Below are the tasks for next week. There are also resources to help support this learning. Missing you all. Stay Safe!

Please also look for the challenge that has been set for this week. This one is sure to make you smile. 


Challenge Time

Challenge for this week:


As this week will be International Dance Day, we wanted to do something special to make you all smile and dance. On your class pages you will find a video of some familiar faces doing their own 'Wake & Shake'. If you would like to, you could follow our version or you could have a go at making up your own. You could pick your own song, just make sure it's a song that makes you happy. If you would like to, you could post a picture of your best dance move to the blog or Seesaw so that we can see. Please make sure that you get your parents' permission before doing so.


As the photos are going to be shared please follow some safeguarding rules.

  • Please make sure you’re not accidentally revealing personally identifiable information, such as your name or clues to where you live. 
  • Think about your clothes - you should be fully dressed so no swimming costumes or underwear showing!
  • Choose one of the shared places in your home like your garden or sitting room rather than private places such as your bedroom or bathroom.
  • Check what is in the background of your picture and make sure there is nothing there that you wouldn’t want everyone to see, for example, personal photos.


We hope you have fun with this challenge and enjoy our wake & shake. 

Bishop Henderson Staff's Wake & Shake

Still image for this video




I hope you are all well and you have enjoyed your Easter break, got lots of rest and managed to go outside and have a bit of fun in the sunshine.


I have prepared a set of activities for you to complete this week which can be found below. Please do have a good go at these as I'm sure you're missing school as much as I am. I would love to see the work you produce on either Seesaw or The Blog. I will also be introducing 'Learner of the week' every Friday on The Blog for those who are keeping up with their daily tasks (TTR, Spelling and Bug Club/Reading), the weekly activities that I have set and any home learning activities that you would like to share. Please also continue working through the maths and reading booster books that you have. 


Thank you to those children and parents who have been sending me the excellent work they have been producing at home. 

If you're looking for an extra challenge...


Queen Elizabeth II was born on the 21st April 1926 and, on this date in 2020, will mark her 94th birthday. There is a link below for you to have a virtual tour of Buckingham Palace! This is extremely exciting and I would love to know your favourite part. I have also attached an activity for you to complete where you can think about what it would be like to be King or Queen for the day.

If you would like an extra challenge, you could create your own fact file about Queen Elizabeth II. I would love to know any interesting facts you find out.

Don't forget to upload any of your work to the blog as I would love to see what you come up with! Have fun!



Happy Easter Kestrel


I hope you all have a very happy Easter. I have uploaded some 'Easter Holiday Activities'. Should you wish to complete them, I would love to see what you are up to on the blog. Stay safe. Have fun!

Accessing learning from home


All children have an exercise book at home. This book contains our school handwriting policy, year 6 spellings and log in credentials for their Times Tables Rockstars account and their Bug Club accounts. 


We wish everyone good health at this difficult time and hope that the content we put on here can help in some way. 




Kestrel have all been given reading workbooks to practice as often as possible. Children have access to reading books on Bug Club. These books are set to their current reading level. To access Bug Club, please click on the link:

The children's username and password is in their books that they have been sent home with. The school code is: hbah.


David Walliams will also be releasing an audio story every day for the next 30 days absolutely free. I know many children in Kestrel enjoy reading his great books.




There are year 6 spellings in the children's home books. The daily routine of 'Look, Cover, Write, Check' can be used for these and the spellings could be broken up into groups to spread them out over the weeks. We usually learn 10 a week. 




Kestrel have all been given maths workbooks to practice individual topics daily. Kestrel Class have their own Times Tables Rockstars login. This is stuck in the front of their home learning books. Please could children practice these wherever possible. 


White Rose Maths are uploading 5 lessons a week free of charge. They will cover areas that we would normally be doing in class. There are questions for the children to answer and the answers have also been provided. Please do make use of this great resource. There are currently two weeks of lessons on there for Year 6.

The link for the website is:


Other maths websites:




The Maths Factor is another website where children can cover different topics and play maths related games. They have also made this website free to use during this time.



Twinkl Account


Twinkl is an educational website offering resources for all subjects and all year groups. Twinkl are kindly offering a free membership for parents. This means you will have access to worksheets and presentations, should you wish to use them. Details of how to create an account are below.

Geography Project

If you're looking for a project to keep you busy during this time at home then here is a suggestion for you. Kestrel would have been learning about our changing world as part of geography this year. On Twinkl there is a whole resource pack available for you. This will include a PowerPoint and home learning resources to help further your learning. If you choose to have a go at this, it would be great to see what you have learnt in your home learning exercise books. 

To find these resources, you will need to go onto Twinkl and search "Our Changing World Year 6", there will be six lessons alongside various resources. 


P.E with Joe is a great way of keeping active during this time at home

Harvey came to help some members of Kestrel with their art today

Alfie showing us some incredible artefacts from WWII

Toilet Roll Nativity

Remembrance Day Art

Rugby World Cup Maths

Kestrel enjoying their reading corner

Leaf art with our buddies

Working together to create an adventure story

Marine Life

Kestrel Class have begun to decorate the walls of the school beautifully, in keeping with our school theme of Water. As a class, we will be focusing our art work on 'marine life'. As you can see, the children have taken their time and listened well to instructions, as their outcomes are simply stunning. Keep your eyes peeled for their next masterpieces.