Welcome to Kestrels!
Hello and welcome to the Kestrels' page! We are a Year 3 class containing 30 children. Mr Wingrove is our class teacher with Teaching Assistant Mrs Holmes.
This year we will be continuing to tweet so don't forget you can follow us on Twitter. Our twitter name is @kestrelsketton. Send a follow request and you can keep up to date with what we are doing in the classroom as it happens!
Homework will be given out on a Friday and it will be based on topics we have covered during the last week. We each have a homework book to complete our homework in. Part of our homework is also to learn spellings which are based on the spelling pattern or a spelling rule we are focusing on.
In Kestrels we need to read our reading books at home every night. It is up to us to remember to ask to change our reading books when we finish them. We have Book Talk Sessions each week. These sessions provide an opportunity to develop our reading comprehension skills.
Epic Learning- Each term we will promote one of the 6 Rs – being ready, responsible, resilient, reflective, resourceful and respectful. Our focus in Term 4 is on being resilient.
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Our topic this term is Ancient Egypt where we will be locating where Egypt is geographically, then moving on to looking at the life of ordinary Egyptians and the life of Pharaoh and their courts. We will look closely at the life of Tutankhamun, the boy king, and the discoveries made by Archaeologists searching the tombs.
This will theme will continue into our Literacy where we will be analysing and exploring the text, The Egyptian Cinderella by Shirley Climo. We will be using this as a stimulus to support our narrative writing. We will focus on the authors use or historical facts, descriptive and engaging vocabulary, use of direct speech and varied sentence structures.
In DT we will be looking at designing, making and evaluating our own Canopic jars. In science, our topic is forces and magnetism. We will focus on how forces work and the ways in which they are used in the world around us. We will use our investigative skills to explore and describe the effects of different forces and what we can compare this to in the real world.
PE will continue to be on a Tuesday and a Thursday so the children will need their PE kits on those days. As the weather is still rather cold, it would be useful to bring suitable warm clothing so that we can use our wonderful outside spaces during our PE sessions.
Homework – this term we will continue to focus on Times Tables so please continue using the Times Table Rockstars. In addition, there will be weekly maths homework which will relate to the maths we are doing that week. Reading continues to be a vital part of our homework schedule so daily reading should continue - #10minutesRead. Weekly spelling rules will also be issued.
We have a very busy term ahead, so lets get stuck in!
Our term will have a geographical focus as we have received our pen pal letters we will learn more about Vietnam compared to Ketton. We will use atlases, draw maps and explore our local area looking at physical and human geographical features. In Literacy we will read some non-fiction called "Floods and Tears" so we can write non-chronological reports for the Chatterbox after our tree planting in the village during National Tree Week. Then we will read a fiction called "Flood" by Alvaro F Villa. We will collect forest inspired language when we explore Buckminster Estate at the end of November. As Christmas approaches we will learn about light and shadows in Science and look at the Christian symbols of light in our homes and churches.
Music Session 22nd November
National Tree Week begins 25th November
Writing Workshop morning in Buckminster 27th November
Tree Planting in Hall Close 29th November
KS 2 Christmas Singalong 16/ 17th December
Christmas Church Service 20th December