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Welcome to Kestrel Class

 

Welcome to Kestrel Class. We are a very creative and enthusiastic bunch of Year 3 children taught by Mr Genders and Mrs Allen.

We have had lots of fun competing against each other whilst we playing mental arithmetic games, 'Eye Spy' and 'Answer or Nominate'.

 

Freya requested that the question generator for 'Answer or Nominate' was added to our 'Useful Links' page.

Happy Easter everyone! Have a cracking time!

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Huge congratulations to Harry, who won a bronze medal at the Ogden Physics and Science Fair at Birmingham University! We’re really proud of you! Make sure you celebrate with lots of Curly Wurlys!

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Seth welcomed the BBC Breakfast news crew to his home earlier this week, and was lucky enough to get behind the scenes as they filmed a live broadcast. Seth was also given a VIP tour of their OB (Outside Broadcasting) vehicle - Noah spotted a similar one in his current reading book.
Kestrel's have welcomed some honorary teachers into our classroom this week. As Miss Perry, Mr Johnson, Mr Beardsley, Miss Hirons, Mr May and Mr Best led a masterclass on time.

We were all really proud of Grace (who is currently practising dividing by 9 on Hit the Button) because she answered 37 questions correctly in just 60 seconds. WOW!

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We have celebrated Red Nose Day in Kestrel Class by using our computer and art skills to create a class joke book. Mr Genders' favourite joke was by Noah; 'What's a vampire's favourite food? Spook-eti!'

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We have been revising our knowledge on time and Roman Numerals this week. We worked in small teams to solve tricky puzzles.

 

Using a TV show and a variety of texts as stimulus, we were challenged to create a piece of work on recycling. We could present our final work any way we wanted. Check out some of the amazing pieces here:

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Year 3 have been working hard creating some emotive pieces of writing around 'A Midsummer Night's Dream'. Mr Genders and Mrs Allen were really impressed with the maturity of all of their work. Here is one example. What do you think?

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On Wednesday some of the Year 3 children took part in a Hockey Tournament at Bromsgrove Hockey Club. Following some wonderful training with Mr Veness our team even reached the semi-finals. An absolute amazing achievement. Mr Genders, Mr Veness and Mrs Marshall were all really proud of their effort and great sportsmanship throughout the whole tournament.

 

"The course of true love never did run smooth" as we have been finding out whilst continuing to study Shakespeare's 'A Midsummer Night's Dream'. The children have worked with the Year 4 children to interpret parts of the play and to bring it to life using moving tableaus. We've also been showing off our great writing skills, as we've begun to draft some setting descriptions from the point of view of Hermia. For homework we've also created some theatre posters. Check out two of our favourites from Noah and Ashton.

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WHOOSH! Kestrel and Eagle Class have been studying William Shakespeare’s, ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ through drama. They’ve been trading Shakespearean insults with each other, comparing Batman to Shakespeare and have begun to find out about the characters and the complicated twists that the story takes.

 

Happy New Year. Year 3 have already had a very busy 2019. We've been investigating forces in Science to kick-start our 'Mighty Metals' topic, we've been learning pastry techniques to help us cook quiche and we've also begun to learn about the proportions of the face in art. Check out our portraits of William Shakespeare:

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Hasbro watch out! As 'Kestrel Gaming' could be the new major force in the board game industry. Kestrel Class were challenged to create some maths games as homework and the results are brilliant. Mrs Allen and Mr Genders are amazed by the work that has gone into them. We can't wait to share the games with our visitors on Wednesday.

 

Kestrel class have been combining P.E., writing and art this week to create new yoga cards that can be used in lessons. The children worked together to create and write a set of clear instructions for their new yoga poses, these included; 'The Karate Kid', 'Defence', 'The Ball' and 'The Train'.

 

We then researched the artwork of Henri Matisse, and took inspiration from his paper cut outs to create figures to help illustrate our final cards.

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WOW! It's that time of year again. Check out our crazy hair.

 

We have been finding out about French post-Impressionist painter, Georges Seurat. An artist who devised new painting techniques including pointillism. We practised this process as well as working on some detailed self portraits. Now, we are bringing these two techniques together to create a modern pointillism self-portrait painting. We'll be sharing some of our finished artwork on our class page next week.

 

Our maths lessons have been extremely active over the last two weeks, as we have been playing a range of games to help us with our inverse calculations.

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We love Science in Kestrel Class and this week we have been planning healthy lunches, by sorting food into the different food groups.

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We've received our sixth reply this week. From broadcasting legend, Sir David Attenborough. Here is what he had to say:

 

"Dear Kestrel Class,

 

Thank you very much for your letter. I am delighted to hear that you like animals and enjoy watching my programmes.

 

You ask what my favourite animal is. I have to admit, I don't really have one. They are all so different and fascinating, that it would be hard to choose one as the best.

 

With best wishes,

 

David Attenborough"

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Inspired by Tom Fletcher's 'Brain Freeze', Kestrel class have been creating some ambitious and exciting story openings that begin with action.

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We are continuing to work on our times tables in Kestrel Class. We are finding that playing 'Hit the Button' at home is really helping with our quick recall.
 

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After writing letters to our favourite celebrities last half term we now eagerly await the arrival of Pete, our postman, every day. This week we received some more replies including this wonderful handwritten letter from 'Oi Frog!' author, Kes Gray. Check it out:

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Mr Veness has begun yoga with Kestrel Class. We have begun to explore how it can help develop our healthy bodies and minds. We have also been looking at transitions between different poses and breathing like animals.

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We have been finding out about the importance of Remembrance Day and have created our own poppies. The children discussed the use of reflection time and considered things that they were thankful for.

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Kestrel and Eagle classes challenged the children to become 'Extreme Readers' over half term, the children were photographed reading in unusual places, strange outfits and bizarre situations.

 

Some children read on trampolines, some read while hanging out of trees and one child decided to read while they were being arrested by the police, (luckily it was their Dad who was the arresting Police Officer).

 

You can see more of the photos in the Kestrel and Eagle galleries.

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It was great to see so many adults attend the Maths Inspire Workshop. It was a fantastic opportunity to share some of the maths activities that we are using in school.

 

As requested, the games that we played today have now been added to 'Useful Information'. The children will be looking at the games that you created and their favourites will also be uploaded for you to play at home.

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We have been writing persuasive letters to our favourite celebrities. We wrote to the likes of; Nick Park, George Lucas, Sir David Attenborough and Katarina Johnson-Thompson.

 

We were delighted to receive our first replies from Noel Fitzpatrick, the Channel 4 Supervet and England footballer, Marcus Rashford.

 

We have been sharing our love of reading this term. We've been discovering new authors and illustrators, performing our favourite poems and finding out interesting news and facts from newspapers.

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