Welcome to Kestrels!
I am delighted to be Kestrels class teacher this year and am looking forward to getting to know all of your children. The information below will hopefully be helpful.
Teacher – Mr Suckling Teaching Assistants – Mr Greavner
Please ensure your child reads their school reading book, ideally daily. This can include reading silently to themselves, out loud to an adult or even an adult reading to them. To help promote thinking and check understanding, children should quiz on Accelerated Reader when they finish a book.
If you wanted to help develop comprehension, the following questions are good start points for conversations about your child’s reading:
- Can you find a few words/phrases/sentences that tell you about… (character, setting, atmosphere).
- What do you think about the character?
- Why do you think they reacted in the way they did?
- What does (one particular word) mean? How do you know?
- Can you put the events in order?
- What did you enjoy/find surprising/dislike in this chapter?
- Non – fiction: can you tell me about key features of the text and give me some examples?
Alongside daily reading, please ask your child to practise spellings at home in their handwriting book. The expectation is that they write the word in a sentence to help reinforce understanding. The spellings are taken initially from the year 3,4,5,6 statutory spellings list.
A new list of spellings will be given to your child each week on a Friday and spellings will be tested the following Thursday.
A copy of the statutory spellings for Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 can be found on Kestrel’s Class page.
In Kestrels class, we will be focussing on developing fluency and reasoning skills when solving problems. In order to do this, it is vital that your child is able to quickly recall their times table facts up to 12 X 12.
Your child will have their own tackling tables log in (https://www.tacklingtables.co.uk/) which progresses the children through their times table knowledge and eventually moves onto application of tables such as fractions and percentages. Please support your child with practice as frequently as possible.
Lexia and Mathseeds
You child might have an account for either or both of these. If so, they can log in at home and work through the levels to consolidate and develop their English (Lexia) and maths (Mathseeds) understanding and skills.
Thank you, we look forward to a great year ahead with your child.
Mr Suckling and Mr Greavner
2023/24 - New Year Admin.
Statutory Spellings word mats
Each week, spellings will be sent home which are taken from the year 3, 4, 5 and 6 statutory spelling list. These are the government recommended words that all children should know by the end of KS2.
One book - On the inside of the cover is how we would like the work set out. This will hopefully help with presentation and make life easier. Every week should be a double page spread.