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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. 

Friday 23rd June

It’s been a great day at Holly Hill today! Sports day fever took over and the children had lots of fun all day first taking part in team games in the morning before races on the track this afternoon. It was lovely to see all the parents, grandparents, friends and family that came to help cheer on all of the children.

Friday 10th June

Here are two fantastic examples of the poetry Kestrel wrote today in their English. These poems are based on the opening of our new book for this topic ‘The Arrival’.

Wednesday 8th June

This morning, Kestrel had their first session of PE for this half term. During the next few weeks the children will be practicing and learning how to play cricket. This week the focus was mainly on catching and throwing skills as well as a few reaction drills.

Monday 6th June

Kestrel took their first look at this topic’s book ‘The Arrival’ by Shaun Tan. In English the children watched the trailer for this book and wrote predictions of what they think may happen based on what they saw.

Holly Hill Platinum Jubilee Celebration!


Today was a fantastic day across Holly Hill! We all loved every moment of the day. From the tea cups to the magic show every activity was so much fun! These are just some of the many photos that were taken across the day and I think the smiles speak for themselves. 
Have a lovely half term holiday!

It’s been a fantastic morning in Kestrel, we’ve all loved the Viking workshop and learnt loads! We especially liked handling the weapons and trying on the helmets. 

Monday 24th May

Kestrels began work on their Jubilee artwork this morning. We won’t be showing the finished product until Friday but here’s a sneak peak. We’re really looking forward to the Jubilee celebrations but have got a busy few days of preparation to go!

Friday 20th May

Please help us celebrate our fantastic Kestrel Hero of the week, Sophie! She has absolutely blown me away with her work in Maths this week. Sophie has shown increasing confidence in her own abilities and has been helping lead the class through class discussions to solve different problems. Well done, Sophie!


Follow the link below to see all of this weeks heroes.

This morning the children were learning the skills of performing poetry to an audience. After a little practice the children took it in turns to perform the poem ‘Truth or Dare’ to the rest of the class. They all did fantastically well and did themselves proud!


This afternoon, we then moved onto History where the children research Viking society to create a double page fact file in their books. To get the children in the Viking mood we played a Viking game on the iPads which can be accessed using the link or QR code below.

Monday 16th May

Year 5s Performing Poetry


For the next two weeks we are reading and performing poetry as Year 5 need to be able to recite some poems off by heart.  To start this unit, today we have watched and listened to some famous, children’s poets ‘performing’ their work.  We’ve looked at poems by MIchael Rosen, Paul Cookson, John Agard, Rachel Rooney and Steve Attewell.  We have identified poetic features, language and vocabulary and looked for strategies used to perform a poem.  Hopefully by the end of the week we will be able to share some of poems with you.

Friday 13th May

Today Year 5 have been competing for the Y5 Athletics trials - running, throwing and triple jump. We finished with a few games of hide and seek.

Thursday 12th May

Kestrel continued with their work on Chrome Music Lab this afternoon. The children are really getting the hang of composing now and began work on their soundtrack for a video that will be their final piece for this topic. We learnt about the ABA form of composition today too which the children quickly got to grips with and used it in their own pieces.

Wednesday 11th May

This afternoon, the children of Kestrel were finishing off their timelines of Anglo-Saxon and Viking history in Britain. These were started last week but took an extra lesson to finish as there were just so many major events that took place during this period! 

Tuesday 11th May

Kestrel were back in the hall this morning to help give the year 6s the best opportunity to succeed in their SATs. It’s not the most fun working in the hall but the children of Kestrel and Owl have been fantastic! Only two more mornings left and then we’ll be all back to normal in our usual classroom again.

Monday 9th May

We had our weekly Jigsaw lesson this afternoon. During the lesson we discussed what was safe and unsafe to do online as well as began looking at why certain things such as driving have age limits that restrict who can do them. We will be carrying on with this lesson later in the week but the children were great and all contributed a lot to the discussions we were having about staying safe online.

If you want to look more at how to stay safe online I have added a link below to a Childline website. The link has advice to help you stay safe online and know what to do when things go wrong.

Friday 6th May

This afternoon, Kestrel were finally able to get a go at composing a piece of music using Chrome Lab. They all had a great time and were able to create some fantastic first pieces! I can’t wait to hear what their final compositions will be as the start has already sounded so great!


Also today our Class Hero this week was Ceejay! Please join us in celebrating his achievement using the link below. Well done Ceejay!


Friday 29th April

This afternoon, the children had another go with the boom whackers in music before taking a quick look at music lab. Music lab is a chrome program that can be used to compose music and which the children will be using again to compose their own piece of music later this half term. A lot of the children wanted to try it for themselves due to technical difficulties in class. The link for those children wanting to have a look is below.


Thursday 28th April

This morning, the children had a go at creating a persuasive conversation between two characters from our current topic book, Viking Boy. Here is the one we started together on the board before the children wrote their own in their book.

Wednesday 27th April

This afternoon, Kestrel have continued their science investigation into the most effective parachute design whether that is its shape, material or size. Today was the construction day where the children began work on making the actual parachutes they will use next week in their investigation. 

Monday 25th April

Today, we have been discussing in our Jigsaw lesson what self-esteem is and how we can take action to improve our self-esteem through our thoughts and actions. We then made a visit to the school library where the children were able to withdraw a book of their choice to read in class and at home.

Friday 22nd April

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Kestrel, had a go with the Boomwhackers for the first time this afternoon to introduce our new music unit for this half term. By the end of the half term the children will be composing their own soundtrack for a Viking video!

Thursday 21st April

This afternoon, Kestrel have begun planning exciting science project. We will be investigating different properties of parachutes such as their shape and size and seeing how this effects the effectiveness of a parachute to slow a fall. The children will begin constructing their parachutes next week.

Kestrel have had a fantastic start back to school today. We were visited by White Post Farm who brought Guinea Pigs, Rabbits, Snakes, Lizards and Mice. The children loved meeting all the animals but have also done some fantastic work too!

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Friday 21st January


Please join us this week in celebrating the fantastic work and achievements of our Heroes this week.


This week Kestrel's hero is Bradley! He has been an absolute star this week. First, he became an expert at 4-digit x 2-digit multiplication, then he helped teach two other children how to do it too. Since becoming a multiplication expert he has then stepped up throughout the week to help others whenever they are in need! Bradley is becoming an example of the kind nature and positive attitude towards learning that we should all aim for. Well done, Bradley, keep it up!


Follow the link below to the video of all our Holly Hill Heroes!

Thursday 20th January

It has been a busy day in Kestrel today. We started the day with computing for a change and had a go at creating our own program using variables and inputs before testing our code out on micro:bits. 

This afternoon, we then had a go at hot seating. Allowing different children the opportunity to take on the role of characters from our topic book ‘Boy in the Tower’.  The rest of the class took on the role of journalists investigating the strange goings on in Camberwell.

Wednesday 12th January

This morning, Kestrel had the chance to use some of the apparatus in P.E. while practicing some of the gymnastics poses they learnt last half term. They all had a great time and really enjoyed being able to jump off some of the higher pieces of equipment!

Friday 17th December

Today has been a very exciting and enjoyable day! We watched the film Klaus which as the you can see the children got very into. We also took on our Christmas escape room challenge which the children all really enjoyed, it took a lot of hard work but all the children did manage to solve all of the problems and save Christmas!


Merry Christmas and I will see you all in the new year!

Wednesday 15th December

Today was a very enjoyable party day! We had a disco with the rest of Year 5 and 6 before returning to class for snacks and party games! I didn’t know the class could be as quiet as they were when we played sleeping lions!

Monday 13th December

Today, Kestrel had a go at laser tag out on the playground. We had a good try on our own before splitting into teams. Once in teams the real competition began! The children all had a great time, running around so much they forgot it was raining!


Then in the afternoon, we joined the rest of year 5 and 6 to watch a Christmas pantomime. With a very silly elf who had a bit too much fun with a water pistol!

Kestrel Class Christmas Video

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Friday 3rd December

Today we announced our superheroes for the week. In Kestrel class our hero was Daisy. This was for working fantastically hard all week and trying her very best in every lesson. Daisy's hard work is really starting to show and is now starting to help others in maths as she is now becoming so confident!

Well done, Daisy!

There were even some surprise Headteachers Heroes this week so be sure to check out the assembly on the link below!


Wednesday 24th November

Remote Learning

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Maths - 24.11.21

Please watch this video to recap the work we did yesterday in maths and then have a go at the worksheet below.

Thursday 11th November

This afternoon, Kestrel class carried on with their music for this half term which is learning to play the ukulele. They were amazing and even started to play a simple song together as a class. We will be continuing to practise for the rest of this half term.

Monday 9th November

Kestrel were discussing this afternoon the challenges of racism and created these ribbons to represent the battle against racism and to raise awareness.

Tuesday 2nd October

Today, Kestrel were visited by the spooky, creepy crawly workshop. In the workshop the children were given the opportunity to handle animals like tarantulas, snakes and lizards! 

Monday 1st November

It was great to see everyone back in school today! I loved hearing all about the amazing things everyone had been getting up to over their break.


This morning, Kestrel started the day by reading and learning all about the history of Halloween and how it evolved from a traditional Celtic celebration to the festival it is today.

Friday 15th November

Well done to my Kestrel hero for this week is Maisie-Ann.

She has been trying exceptionally hard in her writing this week. Maisie-Ann has worked hard to improve both the presentation of her writing and the content, taking extra care and asking for extra time to edit her writing to ensure it is the very best.

Keep it up, Maisie-Ann, your hard work is paying off!

Thursday 14th October

Today, Kestrel have been making sledging biscuits. These were used by Captain Scott, on his expedition to the South Pole, to help ensure he had enough energy during and after a hard days trekking. 
Some of the children really liked the biscuits but others were really not impressed!

Wednesday 6th October

Today, Kestrel spent their morning writing their final finished version of their biography of Captain Robert Falcon Scott and his fateful expedition to the South Pole. These are two fantastic examples of the amazing work the children created.

Monday 4th October

Today in our Jigsaw Lesson, the children were continuing to discuss their rights as children. This followed on from our last few lessons when we looked at the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. We discussed how we are entitled to certain rights and what rights we felt we all deserved while working in school, the above image shows the rights the children decided on. They then looked at how to ensure rights and rules are followed there are sometimes rewards and consequences and decided on a set of these themselves by practicing their democratic rights using a vote.

Friday 1st October

A huge congratulations to this weeks hero, Lucas! He has come back to school and jumped straight back into learning. No matter the subject Lucas is always willing to offer answers and ideas. Lucas is the definition of inquisitive always seeking to learn more and always open to new ideas. Not only has Lucas been unstoppable in his work ethic he has now begun to help others around him without being prompted and has helped several other children in the class to understand new concepts that they may otherwise have struggled with.

Please take a look and help up celebrate this weeks Holly Hill Heroes by following the link below:

Holly Hill Heroes Link

Thursday 30th September

This afternoon, the children in Kestrel were learning all about time zones and the time of day is different depending where you are on Earth. We all found it very strange that you could live in the same country as someone but not the same time. This was especially true for Russia when we learnt that it could be 4pm on one side of the country but midnight on the other side!

Wednesday 29th September

Today, Kestrel have been learning all about states of matter and how particles behave differently when a solid, liquid or gas. The children then discussed which materials they could think of that fit into each category as well as if there were any materials that they used in each of it's different forms.


Please take a moment to have a look at some photos from our fantastic boys football team, who all played fantastically well today, by following the link below.

Year 5/6 Football

Friday 24th September

A huge well done to our hero this week! Daizy has been working fantastically hard in all of her lessons especially in her maths group with Mrs Brooks. Daizy even managed to score a perfect score on six back to back timestables rockstars games this week as well! She truly deserves this award and embodies our Holly Hill value of happiness in everything she does no matter what!


Thursday 23rd September

In Design and Technology, Kestrel have been learning all about food and nutrition. This has involved researching the different nutrients we get from our food and how our body uses them. This week, Kestrel have begun designing their own meal plan that an explorer could take to eat during an expedition to the South Pole.

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!