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Holly Hill Primary and Nursery School

Kestrels, Year 5, 2021/22

Welcome to Kestrel Class

A huge welcome to Kestrel class. I am Mr Homer and I am the class teacher for this year. I can't wait to get started this year and get to know my new class. I am sure we will have a lot of fun and learn about lots of new and interesting things!


In Kestrel this year, I will be supported by Miss Mills. Miss Mills will be working 1:1 in the class as well as working with some small groups depending on the lesson.


Key Information


The children will have P.E. every Tuesday.  Please make sure kits are in school for this day.  Ear rings must be removed for all PE activities.


Reading Diaries

We will be using reading diaries as normal this year.  Our school target is reading 5 times a week and the children in Year 5 are able to fill in their own diaries if they wish.  In class we will also be having time for quiet reading, guided reading and reading in the curriculum daily.  Please feel free to write any messages in diaries and I will get back to you as soon as possible.  



Spellings are stuck into diaries for the whole half term and will be practised weekly alongside the Year 5 spelling rules and patterns.  They will usually be tested on the following Monday.  The children will also be working on the Year 5/6 statutory spelling lists which they will practise throughout the year.  If more practise is needed some children may have lists to consolidate from previous year groups and these will be sent home in the next few days. 



Homework throughout the school will be reading 5 times a week and learning spellings and times tables.  The children will also be able to use any of our learning platforms including Mathletics and TT Rock Stars. 

Tuesday 21st September

Today in Kestrel, we have begun researching Robert Falcon Scott and his famous expedition to the South Pole. We have learnt all about the misfortunes that befell his team and will be using what we learn to create our own biography of Robert Falcon Scott later this week in the style of our topic book “Great Adventurers” by Alastair Humpheys.

Thursday 16th September

Kestrel have started their Geography work for this half-term.  We have been learning about lines of longitude and latitude.

Wednesday 15th September

This morning, Kestrel class were learning how to use hyphens to join words to aid with clarity and description in their writing. Here’s a picture of a great example of some of the ideas the children came up with to describe some of Robert Scott’s kit.

Friday 10th September

Thursday 9th September

Kestrel class were using laptops to research the different nutrients found in food and what they do for our bodies. When they learnt that calories give us energy a few of them decided they must eat lots of calories as they always have so much energy!