What We Learnt Last Half Term

People, Places and Planets

Hi everyone,

Despite this first half term being a little disrupted for some members of the Kestrels, we have all settled really well into our new class. The children have been building up new friendships with those less familiar to them in class and becoming accustomed to their new class team. All the Kestrels are now really happy and settled; we are really proud of all the hard work they are putting in with their learning!

Our theme for this first half term as a new class has been ‘People, Places and Planets’ which we have loved learning about and exploring. In our English and Maths work we have been working in small groups with adult support to initially check our prior knowledge and ensure we have retained our learning from before the Summer holidays, before challenging ourselves with new concepts and learning. We have enjoyed reading stories as a whole class and practicing our independent writing or ordering of symbols about these.

In Science this half term we have been looking at animals, including humans. We initially focused on our own bodies; we have looked at our own heart rates before and after exercise to see if they increase and how other organs help our bodies to function. As we moved on to animals I was so impressed with the Kestrels’ prior knowledge of these. We have focused on how animals are classified into groups e.g. mammals, amphibians etc. and how we know which animals belong to which group. We have played games where we have sorted the animals into these categories and also into habitats; great work Kestrels!Across PSHE this half term we have focused on our relationships with those around us, in terms of friendships and how people help us. We were able to discuss what behaviours are kind and unkind, how we can support our friends, and came up with our own Kestrel promise of how we will be respectful towards each other this year. We are now able to identify people in our lives and communities who help us and discuss/write about how they do this. We are looking forward to continuing our PSHE work next half term where we will be focusing on living a healthy lifestyle and looking after ourselves.

We have learned that the Kestrels love anything active! As rules have lessened we have been able to access more shared spaces in school which have provided great learning and play opportunities. We have enjoyed spending time in shared play where we have worked on our imaginative play skills, as well as our gross motor skills as some of us love climbing and jumping around the soft play area. We have also been able to access swimming internally and externally, where possible and have loved our times outside exploring the jungle and the sensory garden.

Next half term our topic will be ‘All the World’s a Stage’ where we will have loads of fun activities planned and our story will be ‘Cinderella’.

Thank you for your support this half term,

The Kestrels Class Team