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 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. Where possible we aim to enrich the children's education with a wide range of activities off site.
Homework in Kestrels and Kites is a weekly Learning Log consisting of two tasks. Children are asked to practise some of the skills they have learnt in school and research new topics. We practise our multiplication tables and spellings for a weekly test. Additionally, children need to read daily and quiz when they have completed a book to demonstrate their understanding and reading comprehension.
We are lucky to have the opportunity to learn a class instrument lead by Inspiring Music. We are learning the Trumpet in the Autumn Term this year.
We are also extremely lucky to have our PE lessons lead by Premier Sport. Our PE lessons are on a Tuesday and a Friday each week.
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
Autumn Term 2020
Kestrels and Kites have hit the ground running! We have tried to prevent bacteria growth on bread whilst being Microbiologists in Science. We have focused on our well-being and our 'String Minds' and set ourselves a SMART target. We have looked at the weather patterns around the world, including the Equator, Northern and Southern Hemispheres and the Artic and Antarctic circle, and specifically at Russia. We have also created our own Sonia Delaunay Artwork, combining complementary and harmonious colours, enhanced with black.
Spring Term 2021
This half term we have started to look at the Rainforest and in particular the devastation of 'deforestation'. We are investigating why the forest is being cut down and how we can all make small changes in our lives to reduce the impact it has on the Earth. We have also incorporated the Rainforest into our observational drawing and art history, looking at the work of artist Henri Rousseau.
We have also learnt why paragraphs are so important and how to construct them correctly. We are currently studying persuasive writing and looking at how advertisers and the media use specific language and colours in letters, leaflets and promotion. This is preparing us to write a letter to persuade others not to use palm oil products, which is a cause of deforestation.
Finally, we have enjoyed learning how to classify animals and plants using closed questions and specific criteria and are looking forward to the embarking on our new Transport Topic next term.