Kestrels and Kites
Kestrels and Kites Class is a mixed Year 3 & 4 class. They are taught by Ms Redwood-Worthy assisted by Mrs White and Mrs Herd. As the Kites are the oldest class, they take on various responsibilities around the school. These include setting up our assemblies and taking charge of the music; looking after the school library; as chair monitors, helping the younger children at lunchtime; and taking leading roles in the Student Parliament, Eco-Committee.
We work together as a class to ensure we work to the best of our ability by nurturing, inspiring and flourishing together. This includes having a growth mindset, whilst upholding the school values. The children's confidence and independence extremely important in Years 3 and 4 and the children will take ownership of their equipment, reading and homework requirements.
Children from the Kestrels and Kites class are responsible for the Harvest, Christmas and Easter performances. Additionally during the May Day celebrations two Year 4 children will be crowned May King and Queen. In the summer term they will stage their leavers assembly.
To enrich your child's learning the Key Stage 2 academy staff will be organising and facilitating day and residential trips throughout the academic year. There will also be many sporting festivals on top of this, and the children will be given many opportunities to improve their life skills, team work and participate in new experiences.
We have strong links with Arnold Academy and work closely with them to ensure that the transition is as smooth as possible and that the children are relaxed and confident about moving on. This includes a Year 4 Values day.
In Kestrels and Kites our aim is to work hard and make lots of progress, whilst having fun and living to the school values. We are also extremely lucky to have the continued support from many parents, who give up their time to support the classes reading, swimming and trips.
Our Class Library and Reading Corner
Over the past 2 years through staff, FOPS, parent and the children's donations we have built our own class library and reading corner. This allows your children to borrow a reading book of their choice alongside there elected AR reading book. This is to encourage the children to find a love of reading. All donated books are annotated with the child's name to show our appreciation and thank them for their donation.
The children have returned to school with energy and enthusiasm. The Kestrels have embraced the difference between Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2, whilst the Kites have adjusted and taken on many new responsibilities, that come from being a Year 4. I am extremely proud of how they have adjusted and settled so quickly.
The children have already achieved so much this year! Kites have taken on their new responsibilities and have shown great maturity and confidence. Kestrels have taken to Key Stage 2 extremely well. We have welcomed new Kestrels and Kites and completed our first performance of the year, Harvest Festival, in which all the children shone and oozed talent.
I would like to thank the parental support that I receive in Kestrels and Kites, your are an invaluable resource which is very much appreciated.
We also successfully supported three charities in our first seven weeks McMillian Cancer, #HelloYellow a Children's Mental Heath Charity and Preen food bank thank you again for all your support.
As we embark on the second half of the Autumn term and work towards the Christmas celebrations we have so much to look forward to. Thursday November the 7th we will enjoy turning ourselves into Stone Age humans at Greenfield, supporting Children in Need on Friday the 15th November, completing our Sing Up lessons, participating in the Bake Off, two Christmas performances on 9th and 10th December to name but a few!
I hope you have all enjoyed a well deserved break and are ready to return with the enthusiasm and energy that you all have.
Thank you for your continued support.