Welcome to the Kestrels and Kites
Year 3 & 4 at Pulloxhill
Kestrels and Kites is a Year 3 and Year 4 combined class at Pulloxhill. We are the eldest children in the school and we take on various responsibilities. This can include setting up the hall for assembly, organising the music and hymns and ensuring the school library is organised. Kestrels and Kites also take lead roles in the Student council and Eco-Committees.
Kestrels and Kites endeavour to be great role models for the rest of the school and strive to live the British and school values, in school and at home.
During the academic year, we work hard and continue to build on the skills we have learnt in EYFS and KS1. A key focus in KS2 is building on our vocabulary and grammar understanding. We continue to build on what we know and develop our knowledge and understanding through supporting and helping each other.
Much of the English focus in years 3 and 4 consists of learning how to extend and change the meaning of words using prefixes and suffixes, the present perfect term, fronted adverbials, standard English and inverted commas. Where possible we aim to enrich the children's education with a wide range of activities off-site.
In Mathematics, the Kestrels and Kites will learn to use a variety of strategies to calculate and solve many calculations and mathematics problems. Kites will focus on their times tables to prepare them for their Year 4 Times Tables Assessment at the end of the academic year. As an academy, the children will have access to Times Tables Rock Stars to help and support them in learning their times tables in a fun and engaging way, at home and in school.
Homework in Kestrels and Kites is a weekly Learning Log. Children are asked to practise some of the skills they have learnt in school and research new topics. Additionally, children need to read daily and quiz when they have completed a book to demonstrate their understanding and reading comprehension.
We are also extremely lucky to have our PE lessons led and supported by Premier Sport, our PE days are Mondays and Thursdays.
We have strong links with Arnold Academy and work closely with them. We prepare the children in Year 4 to ensure a smooth and happy transition. We endeavour to become independent, responsible and confident learners to ensure we are ready for our next schools.
Class Teacher - Ms Redwood-Worthy
Teaching Assistant- Mrs Sullivan
Autumn Term 2023-24
Kestrels and Kites have enjoyed another great half term. We have learnt all about the digestive system, and looked at the journey our food travels through our bodies. The children produced some amazing models of our digestive system, using recyclable materials.
We learnt about the Stone Age through to Bronze Age, and finally on to the Iron Age. We looked at the beginnings of farming and mining for metals, some of which we still use today.
We looked at the seasonality of fruit and vegetables. We learnt that now fruit and vegetables are imported, they are available to eat all year round. We looked at the season within the hemisphere, and how seasons are opposite.
We the year with our Christmas performance, Greenfield and Pulloxhill intra-sports competition and pantomime.
Kestrels and Kites have had a fabulous start to the year. We have embarked on the journey of the Pied Piper of Hamelin and we loved it! We have learned about our teeth and the purpose of each tooth, dental hygiene and the digestive system. We have spent time learning about the United Kingdom and the cities, towns and villages, within each county. We have had great fun learning instructions, numbers and greetings in French. We have been learning how to play tag rugby and have shown we are great defenders and attackers. We have celebrated two head teacher awards for writing vocabulary and for determination.