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Kestrel​ - YEAR 6

Welcome to Kestrel 2017 - 2018 - it's going to be a great year!


Summer Term Home Learning Projects: Natural Disasters!

Year 6’s Summer Term Topic is Restless Earth.  We investigated natural disasters in our home learning projects over the Easter holidays.  The projects that the children came up with were amazing!  We have live action volcano models, interactive tornado models, models of avalanches, earthquakes and sink holes!  Posters, powerpoints, tornadoes in a bottle and even an earthquake cake are also some of the informative and creative projects.  Questions that we will be looking at over the next few weeks include: Can you think of some of the long and short term effects of these disasters?  What do you think you would need to do to survive these disasters?  How many of these disasters occur in Britain?  Have a look at some of our fantastic projects below:







P.E. - Golf

During the second half of the spring term Year 6 have enjoyed developing their skills and technique during our golf lessons in PE. We have been working on control, accuracy and fluency of shots and, of course, had great fun playing many different games to help us develop these skills. 

Healthy Me Week!

Year 6 have had a great time celebrating Healthy Me Week.  The week kicked off with a visit from the Life Van where we participated in a session called 'Decisions' which encouraged us to think about making the right choices to stay healthy and safe.  We were also treated to a session with a nutritionist from the Bournemouth Football Team.  He taught us all about healthy eating and the importance of a balanced diet.  He also told us some funny stories about the eating habits of the some of the players!  On Tuesday we investigated how exercise increases our heart rate and tested different exercises to see how our heart rate changes.  On Wednesday we had a Pilates instructor come in and lead us in a relaxing session and we also played volleyball!  After all that hard work, we earned our healthy fruit smoothies that we made!  On Thursday, Mr Noyce enjoyed watching us as we participated in team building exercises - he seemed to find it very amusing to watch us try and guide our blind folded team mates into a 'pen' and to try and build a bridge without enough steps!  Finally, on Friday we had the Olympic athlete guide us through our sponsored circuit training and then he gave us a brilliant talk about pursuing our goals - and never, ever giving up.  It was an amazing week!  Please enjoy some of our picture collages of the week's events!



Y6 Spring Term Home Learning Project— Monarch Madness!

This term we are learning about the Tudors and comparing their monarchs with the modern monarchy of England.   Over the Christmas holiday, our pupils explored this topic extremely creatively. Some investigated one of the Tudor monarchs such as  Henry VIII or Elizabeth I.  Others explored areas in the Tudor times such as such as scientific discoveries, exploration, food, and even crime and punishiment.  We had detailed comparisons of Elizabeth I with Elizabeth II and Tudor times vs Modern Times in terms of fashion and architecture. Some even reported on the current role and responsibilities of the modern monarchy.  The variety of projects was outstanding - from models of Tudor Houses, hand-sewn puppets, quizes, games, posters, powerppoints, and even home-made Tudor Tarts!  We are very proud  of our children and have created an amazing display in our corridor.  Have a look at some of their work:















Victorian Exhibition 20th November

What a fantastic evening!  Mr Burton, Mrs Hancock and Mrs Foster are so proud of the Year 6!  The children organised an event that was fun, informative and showed off all of their hard work from the last term.  Some of the children made traditional Victorian dishes from bread pudding, fruit tarts, sponge cake, mince pies and barley water.  They proudly displayed their wares and encouraged tastings as they explained their recipes.  Other children demonstrated how to build a suspension bridge and urged the visitors to try and make one better than Brunel's Clifton Suspension Bridge!  All of the term's art work was beautifully displayed and the pupils showed their parents how to make a stencil print in the style of William Morris.  In another corner of hall, visitors were able to make a 'thaumotrope' or Victorian opitical illusion - a spinning disc involving two pictures that appear to merge into one.  Parents could try some tenpin bowling or build their own ball in a cup.  The evening concluded with a performance by each class of a drama about life in a Victorian workhouse. Like everything else, the plays were written, produced and acted by the children.  What talented and creative pupils we have and they should all be congratulated for such an amazing exhibition! 



Children in Need - 17th November

Great to see so many Year 6 coming to school covered in spots!  All for the very worthwhile cause of Children in Need!




Treehouse Theatre Victorian Day

On Friday, 6th October, Year 6 was transported back to Victorian England.  The hall became a Victorian classroom, factory, workhouse, mine and the dodgy streets of East London. Year 6 dressed the part: there were street urchins, chimney sweeps, mill workers as well as rich girls and boys.  Ben from the  Treehouse Theatre Company directed the day and everyone had a role to play. We learned not just about the appalling conditions of child workers, but also about the brave reformers who fought for the rights of children to be safe and to go to school. Have a look at some our amazing costumes! 







Kestrel's Victorian Home Learning Projects

Our topic for the Autumn Term is The Victorians.  The Victorian period saw many major developments that made travel, communications and trade easier for many people. The railways allowed people to travel cheaply and rapidly, opening up new possibilities for both rich and poor. The postal service expanded after the introduction of the 'Penny Post'.  Many of the things we take for granted today, such as photography, telephones, electric light bulbs and cars were invented during Queen Victoria's reign.  Over the summer, Year 6 researched Victorian inventions and then chose a medium: powerpoints, posters, collages, cakes, models, and even films! We are so impressed by the talent and creativity of our pupils - have a look at some of their amazing work!






















Meet the Team!

Mrs C Hancock
Class Teacher
Mrs H Talbot
Teaching Assistant
Mrs J Blake
Maths Specialist TA