Welcome to Kestrel Class

Welcome to Kestrel Class! 
Welcome to Early Years & Year 1 class page
Our teachers are Mrs Seymour and Miss Webb. 
Ms Rowland is our Teaching Assistant.
 On Monday, we do Bury Rangers with Mr Gatrell. This is a bit like forest schools but we also learn other curriculum things too for example in the autumn term we will be learning how to stay safe around a fire circle and learning about autumn, spring term we will be learning to how to light a fire and learning about signs of spring, and in the summer we will be learning country dancing and creating sculpture for our outside areas.
On Thursday, we do music with Mr. Mott.

In English, we are writing a recount of our visit to Bignor Farm and Amberley museum.  We will also be writing a non-chronological report about vehicles using good quality non-fiction books. 

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.  Please make sure that your child plays Spelling Shed  daily for a few minutes at home as this will really improve their fluency and confidence.  

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 (and/or TTRockstars for Year 1) several times a week – the more regularly they play, the better they will get. 

 Summer Term

This term we have been focusing on Transport (Year1), people who help us (EYFS) and information writing. 

Geography - Similarities and difference of physical and human geography and a small area of the UK and a contrasting area (non-European).
Science - Year 1 - Animals habitats and food groups
EYFS - Dinosaurs
P.E - Team relay games using small equipment.
Art and Design - Cyanotypes and observational drawing.
R.E - Islam
We will be learning about Islam and how Muslims celebrate their festivals.
Here at Bury we follow Sounds Write phonic programme.  We teach 30 minute phonic session daily.


What to wear

On a Monday, 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 Wednesday, 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. 

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. 

 When to arrive

Kestrel class will start school at 8.40 - please bring your child to the learning garden gates by the front entrance to drop them off. At the end of the day, please wait by the gates and I will send the children to you at 3.15. 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 we will give 2 verbal warnings – being specific about which rule has been broken- then a yellow card. If a child receives a yellow card then they will have to miss some of the next playtime to complete a reflection sheet with an adult. If the child continues to break the 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.  

The Knowledge Organisers for this term can be found here. They are to help children remember and revise the key information for each subject.