Welcome to Kestrel Class

Kestrel Class 2022 
Welcome to Year 1 & Year 2 class page
Our teacher is Mrs Seymour 
Our joint Teaching Assistant is Ms Rowland.
On Thursday, we do PE in the afternoon and in the morning, we do music with Mr. Mott. 
 On Tuesday, we do Bury Rangers with Mr Gatrell. This is a bit like forest schools but we also learn the science and design technology curriculum for example in the autumn term we will be learning about materials, changes of state when cooking, seasons and building shelters.
What to bring to school

Please ensure that your child has a named water bottle in the classroom everyday. We are unable to provide water bottles for the children who are missing one.

Please bring book bags everyday so that children can read their books during the school day or change them for a new one. 

Children will also need a pair of wellington boots to keep in school during the half term.  These will be used for outdoor learning and Bury Rangers.


 When to arrive

Kestrel class will start school at 8.40 - please bring your child to the playground at the back of the school. At the end of the day, please wait in the playground or covered area and I will send the children to you at 3.15. Please ensure you write in the Going Home book (kept in the foyer) if your child is being collected by a different adult.  Any concerns you may have either email the class email (kestrels@bury.school) or speak to the class adults at the beginning or end of the school day.  The sooner little worries are sorted out the better! 



We are continuing to use the Good to be Green behaviour system and Class Dojo to reward children for demonstrating both our school and Christian values. 

In the Good to be Green system, if a child makes a wrong choice in a session, we follow this procedure:-

  • 1 verbal warning as guide, being specific about which rule has been broken
  • If behaviour continues then a 2nd verbal warning which results in a half yellow card
  • If behaviour continues then a 3rd verbal warning is given then a full yellow card.
If a child receives a yellow card then they will have to complete a reflection sheet with an adult.
If the child continues to break the school rules or is violent, then a red card will be given. This means that the child will be spoken to be Mr. Moore and you will be called to discuss the behaviour.


Autumn Term 2022

In English, we are writing poetry based on Firework Night and the story book 'Here Comes Jack Frost' by Kazuno Kohara.  We will also be studying 'Through the Window' by Jeannie Willis. 

Our spellings in Year 1 will be introduced on a Monday and we will focus on a pattern each week linked to our Sounds Write phonics. The children will be asked to find it in their reading and use it in their writing.  

We ask you to hear your child read 5 times a week. I know how difficult this is – but there are often little slots of time when they can read to you – while you are cooking/ironing/ washing up or of course snuggled on the sofa or in bed.  

The children have a yellow reading record where their reading must be logged everyday. This can be logged with a comment or just a signature. Dojos will be rewarded for children who read at home on five separate occasions.  


In Maths we use Mastering Number, aimed at strengthening the understanding of number, and fluency with number facts, among children in the first three years of school and Maths No Problem. Please make sure your child plays on Numbots (all children) and TTRockstars (for Year 1Spring term onwards) five times a week for 10 minutes – the more regularly they play, the better they will get. 


Our whole school project Brilliant Bury will focus on Farming in Bury.  Our other unit of learning will be based on Ourselves-Our body and body parts and what they do.

Geography - Mapping
Science - Seasons, changes of state (food), human body, materials
P.E - Multi-skills: travelling/movement, small equipment games
Art and Design - Drawing skills, sewing
R.E - Judaism - Teshuvah
Why do Jewish families talk about repentance at New Year?
Christianity - Why does Christmas matter to Christians? 
Here at Bury we follow Sounds Write phonic programme.  We teach 30 minute phonic session daily.

 What to wear

On a Tuesday, the children will have Bury Rangers and will need to come to school wearing their Bury Rangers clothes.  This must be suitable shoes such as wellies or walking boots, long trousers (no jeans please as these take too long to dry), a long sleeved top, a jumper and a waterproof coat. Waterproof trousers are also recommended. 

On a Thursday, the children will have PE and will need to come to school wearing PE kit including jogging bottoms or leggings (plain is preferable), their green P.E t-shirt, their school jumper and sports trainers or plimsolls.