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Term 5

This term has been a really busy time for Kestrel Class as we've been working so hard to get ready for our SATs. We've also been doing loads of other exciting learning in our other subjects. In science we've been investigating circuits, both practically and using computer simulations; in Computing we've been learning a new way of programming using Flowol; in PE we've been practising our tennis and athletic skills outside and building our fitness through circuit training indoors. We've also produced some incredible writing and artwork based on our class text, The Viewer. All in all - we're ready for a holiday!

Miss Harrison's Maths Group Home Learning

Grammar and Spelling Home Learning

Term 5 Spelling Overview

Book Emporium

Well done to everyone for such amazing home learning projects for the Book Emporium on Thursday 8th February. I was so proud of all the effort that went into them and how well you shared your passion for the books and authors you love.

Bristol Aerospace

We had a great day at the new Bristol Aerospace museum on Wednesday 7th February. We got to see the last Concorde to fly, learnt about the history of aerospace engineering in Bristol and even made our own rockets! The staff and helpers were all really impressed with the children's enthusiasm, questions and good behaviour throughout the day. Thank you again to Councillor Ian Boulton and the Friends of CCJ for organising and making this trip possible.

Kodu Programming

This term we have been learning to program our own games using Kodu, which you can download and use for free at home. We have learnt to add variables like scores, filters to choose which object s to collect and which to ignore, different ways to move our character and lots more.

Here is Megan's world and some of the program for her maze game.

You can search for and play her game in the Community section on the home menu.

Ancient Greece

This week we have been researching the differences between Athens and Sparta using non-fiction books, the internet and videos. We have practised our note-taking techniques and have gathered lots of information for writing our own non-chronological reports next week. Here are some of the websites we used so you can find out more at home.


As part of our learning about Materials, we designed and carried out our own experiments into the factors which affect the speed of dissolving. We found out that using a hotter solvent, stirring and using a smaller mass of the solute all led to quicker dissolving.

Roman Numerals

This week we have been revising our understanding of Roman Numerals as part of our unit on Place Value. We know the value of all the symbols up to 1000 (M), the rules for putting them together and have solved some tricky problems involving reading and writing years. Here's some of our work:


All the children should now have a reading book and log. Please get in touch if they haven't or if there are any problems with this. Here's a handy guide to help you support your child to make progress in reading...


Here is some information about the way that we organise spelling in Upper Band and ways you can practise at home.

And here we are trying out some of the strategies in class:

Meet the Teacher

Hi, I'm Miss Harrison - welcome to our class page.

I hope you've had a great summer break and are ready to get stuck into your Year 6 adventure!

One of the things I love about teaching this age group is seeing how far the children have come since joining us in Year 3 and helping them to build the confidence and skills they need for the next stage of their education. But all that's still a long way off and we have so much to look forward to: new topics, new challenges, new friends and lots of happy memories to be make. And of course, Year 6 camp!

This year I'll be leading maths within the school and can't wait to get stuck into a new challenge. It will mark a decade for me as a teacher and I know that working with the new Kestrel Class will make it super special. Out of school, I keep myself out of trouble by playing a sport called korfball, dabbling in various crafts and volunteering as a Guide leader. I'm looking forward to getting know all of you throughout the coming months.

Keep checking out page regularly to see how we're getting on with our learning, including our first topic - Natural Disasters. See you soon!

Dressing up for Roman Day
Dressing up for Roman Day

Natural Disasters

Two weeks in and we've got well and truly stuck into our new topic, Natural Disasters. We've been exploring what's underneath our feet, learning about the layers of the earth and how the crust is broken up into pieces called tectonic plates. The biggest question we've come up with so far is "How do we know what the core is like?"


UPDATE - we're getting to grips with plate tectonics and have been exploring the different types of boundaries using biscuits!


If you'd like to explore a bit more about this at home, is a great website to have a look at.

Our findings and questions so far.
Our findings and questions so far.
Compression, Subduction, Transform and Extension plate boundaries!
Compression, Subduction, Transform and Extension plate boundaries!