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Year 5 - Kestrels

Welcome to Kestrels class!


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Miss Zeuli is our Class Teacher and Mrs Mercer is our Learning and Teaching Assistant.

Term 6 - Brazil

This term, we will be comparing the UK to South America, with a focus on Brazil. We will be exploring the different climates, flags, languages spoken, famous monuments, food and drink, as well as many other areas. We will be making traditional Brazilian food and will look at the daily routine of a child living in Brazil and compare it to ours. 


We also have many other events to look forward to this term, such as Recorder Celebration Day, Healthy Living Week, Sports Day, Summer Exhibition and many more.  


Key Information Update:

PE will be on Wednesdays and Fridays. A reminder that children should have their PE kits in school on these days. 

All children have access to Mathletics and Spellodrome online so please encourage your child to use this. 


Keeping with this term's topic, here's a traditional Brazilian recipe to try out at home as a family, if you wish.

Pão de Queijo - Brazilian cheese bread

Makes 12 small puffs

125ml full-fat milk
65g unsalted butter
½ tsp salt
150g tapioca flour or corn flour
1 egg
50g parmesan
Oil or butter for greasing

Heat the oven to 200 C / gas 7. Grease a baking sheet with oil or butter and set aside.

In a medium saucepan, add the milk. Butter and salt and bring to a boil. Remove from heat and add the tapioca flour. Stir it vigorously and let cool a little.

Pour the dough into a bowl. Using a hand whisk, beat the dough until its cool. Beat the eggs in one at a time, waiting until each one is completely incorporated before adding the next. When the dough is glossy and mixed, add in the cheese. Beat again until mixed.

Spoon the dough onto the baking sheet in 1 tbsp balls, roughly 5cm apart. Bake for 30 minutes until crisp and golden. Remove from the oven and eat while still warm.

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Term 5 - Walk like an Egyptian & Ahoy Matey! 

This term, we will be continuing our topic on Ancient Egyptians. We will be researching and drawing Egyptian Gods using the squares technique, and sharing and celebrating our Egyptian projects. Later on in the term, we will be looking at the topic, Pirates, where we will be studying the story Treasure Island, creating our own treasure maps, cooking and lots more. 


Letters have already gone home about our visit to the Guildhall Museum on Wednesday 22nd May. Please ensure slips are returned to school. If you need another letter, please let me or the office know.  

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Term 4 - Walk like an Egyptian! 

This term, our topic is The Ancient Egyptians. We will be exploring the lives of ancient Egyptians, why the River Nile was important to them, the discovery of Tutankhamen's tomb and the process of mummification. We will also be finding out about different gods and how ancient Egyptians used to communicate. Drawing using squares will also be a technique we will be learning in art. 

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Term 3 - Come fly with me!

This term, our topic is Forces. We will be exploring balanced and unbalanced forces, looking at the works of Isaac Newton, Amelia Earhart and the Wright Brothers. We will be investigating air and water resistance by designing and building our own parachutes and boats. 


Our PE days will be Tuesdays (outdoor) and Fridays (indoor). We will be covering Dance and Rounders.  Please ensure your child brings their PE kit into school on these days and their kit is clearly named.  A reminder that long hair must be tied back and jewellery cannot be worn during PE.     

Kestrels Coffee Morning - Friday 11th January 9:15am
It will be a chance to meet and chat with other parents, share tips and advice for home learning and find out about the upcoming terms, all whilst enjoying a cup of coffee and biscuits.
I hope to see you there!
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Term 2 - Earth and Space

This term, our topic is Earth and Space. We will be exploring our solar system, looking at some of the planets in more detail, thinking about time zones, and exploring day and night.


For our PE this term, we will be taking part in a Tiger Troop Programme every Monday for six weeks. This will be run by 2 qualified instructors and each week is linked to a core value: Courage, Discipline, Integrity, Loyalty, Selfless Commitment and Respect. A reminder that the children will need a water bottle and their outdoor PE kits or warm clothing/layers each week - anything you don’t mind getting a little dirty. 


Kestrels and Owls will be attending the carol service at Rochester Cathedral on Wednesday 5th December. A letter was sent home on Wednesday 31st October with more information. Please can you ensure the reply slip is filled in and returned to school as soon as possible. Please also let us know if you misplace your letter and need another one.


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Please visit the Latest News Page for photos from our Tiger Troops sessions and our visit to Suffolk Court! 

Investigating in Maths using Numicon 

We have been using Numicon in Maths to investigate problems. Recently, we investigated a problem called Magic Squares. The children used trial and error and worked really well in pairs, bouncing ideas off of each other. 

Here are some of our photos. 

Reminder - parent codes for class dojos were sent home recently. Please make sure you activate this so that you can see your child’s dojos and keep up to date with our class learning. If you need your code again, please send a note in your child’s contact book and I will get another copy sent home. Many thanks!  

Term 1 - The Ancient Maya Civilisation


This term, our topic is The Ancient Maya Civilisation. As we travel back in time, we are going to explore their number and writing systems and find out how they used to live and what they ate, including investigating how chocolate was made. We will also focus on historical Mayan buildings and Mayan gods and research lots of interesting facts.


Our PE days will be Tuesdays and Fridays.  Please ensure your child brings their PE kit into school on these days and their kit is clearly named.  A reminder that long hair must be tied back and jewellery cannot be worn during PE. 


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Maths Week

We celebrated Maths week and carried out lots of fun activities. We began the week with a World of Maths Workshop with Owls Class, looking at how Maths is used in everyday life. We matched fractions in class, had a class swap morning and finally, we performed our 7 times table song in the Singstar Competition and won!

Here are some of our photos.   

Mayan Masks

We looked at a range of Mayan Masks and created our own. 

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Chocolate making

To end our topic on the Ancient Mayans, we made some different flavoured chocolate. We had lots of ingredients to choose from and some of the children combined 3 or more ingredients to make their chocolate. The bars looked great and tasted even better!  

Here are some of our photos.  

Jewish Bread

We made some Matzah (Jewish Bread) with Miss Grimes. The children enjoyed making it and tasting it with either honey or yoghurt. 

Here are some of our photos. 

Key Information


Our PE days are Wednesdays and Fridays. Please ensure your child brings their PE kit into school, including tracksuit bottoms, on this day, and it is clearly labelled. Earrings must be removed for PE.


A reminder that your child should be reading at home daily and this should be recorded in their Contact Books. This can also include comics, newspapers, recipes, leaflets and other text types.


Homework will be set every Friday and will be due in the following Wednesday.  If your child finds any aspect of the homework challenging, I will be available Monday and Tuesday lunchtimes to help.  


Spellings are taught daily through a range of structured activities.  A spelling list of 10 words will be set every Monday ready for a spelling test each Friday.  Practise at home will greatly enhance your child's understanding of the spelling patterns being taught.  A copy of the term's spelling lists will be sent home at the beginning of each term. 


This year, the children will be learning to play the recorder with Mrs Fisher.

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