We can't believe how quickly this first half term has gone and how much work we've done in Kestrels.
This week we've been writing Creation stories using an image for inspiration. We've tried really hard to include modal verbs, fronted adverbials and conjunctions.
Yesterday was our first home learning celebration of the year. It was great to see each others work and see the effort that had gone into the tasks.
During our final topic lesson of this unit we debated whether the Benin bronzes should be returned to Benin. It became quite a heated discussion with many valid points expressed for both sides.
Today the author Finian Black visited Kestrel class. We thoroughly enjoyed listening to him telling us what it's like to be an author and how he gets inspiration for his books. Many of us purchased a signed copy of his books and are engrossed in them already!
Abdul Kayum visited us from the Winchester Muslim Cultural Association to share his experiences of life as a Muslim and how he felt when he went on the Hajj. The children asked many questions to further their own understanding.
Today we have celebrated Harvest. Thank you to everyone for your donations which will be given to the Winchester Night Shelter.
On Thursday we were visited by Hampshire Fire and Rescue Services. They talked to us about how quickly fires can start and spread; safe fire escape routes and what a fire needs to keep burning.
In our topic lesson we thought about the different sources that we use to find out about the past. We evaluated these by how accurate they are. We decided that written accounts and pictures by people hundreds of years after the event who hadn't been there were not necessarily going to be very accurate! Using actual artefacts and discoveries made by archaeologists tell us a lot more.
During Science this week, Kestrels were given jigzaw pieces which they joined together to discover a picture of a heart. Through research we identified how the heart is an organ made of powerful muscles and blood vessels that pumps blood around the body to give it energy and oxygen.
We discussed why the heart is such an important organ and what would happen to the body if it stopped working.
We spent time locating our own pluses and finding our heart rate -bpm. We finished by investigating - "Does everyone's heart beat at the same rate?" and "Do bigger peoples' hearts beat faster?"
We thoroughly enjoyed testing this by participating in moderate and vigorous exercise then finding our heart rate.
Our first couple of weeks in Kestrels has been very busy!
In English our focus has been biography writing. We have found out and written about the lives of Michael Morpurgo and Philip Pullman, using the features of biographies. Next week we are looking forward to writing biographies about an author of our own choice. During Roald Dahl day we put our skills to the test, writing fictional biographies about characters from his books. We had to think of what the character's childhood was like and how events during this time shaped them.
Our first Maths unit is Place Value. We've started by gaining an understanding of even bigger numbers than in Year 4 and continuing to develop our understanding of rounding.
During our RE day we looked at Rites of Passage thinking about important events in our lives and how we mark these. Focusing on Islam, we found out about how Muslims mark rites of passage in their lives.