This page is designed to give you an overview of life in Kestrel class. Please check in for information, updates, ways to support your child's learning at home and, most importantly, pictures of your children enjoying their time at school!
You can contact the Kestrel teaching team via our class email address (414.Kestrel@educ.somerset.gov.uk) at any time and we will reply to you at the earliest opportunity. This is especially important in the current climate when communication on the playground is more limited.
Class Teacher: Mrs Gardner
Lots of you will know me already from my time in the Pre-school, where I was lucky enough to spend time with many of your children. I spent the last year completing a Teaching Apprenticeship, working closely with Mrs Bell in Year 2. I also spent some time in Year 1, where I thoroughly enjoyed working alongside your children once again. They are a wonderful group of children that are a joy to teach; I can't wait to guide them on their journey through Year 2!
LSA: Mrs Hall
We are so lucky to have Mrs Hall staying with the class for another year. It was a pleasure to see the relationships that she has built with the children, and she is such an asset to our classroom. Mrs Hall will be in the classroom Monday - Thursday.
Our PE days are currently Tuesday and Friday. However, please ensure your child has their P.E. kits every day in case of timetable changes. Could all clothing please be clearly named to avoid anything getting lost.
Currently, I will not be setting formal homework as children get used to their new routines and expectations. However, please ensure that your children read regularly. The children will be expected to read at least 3-5 times at home during the week. Please could you write in the name of the book and pages read and sign this in your child’s reading log. I will be collecting these in every Monday to monitor reading of the previous week. It is important that your child practises their reading at home to ensure they make good progress. Reading has such an impact on all other areas of learning. Listening to you read a range of different stories is also hugely beneficial to them.
As the year progresses, children will be sent home work in order to prepare them for their SATs or specific tailored work in order to address individual misconceptions.
If you would like your child to be provided with additional work to be completed at home or practice materials for areas in which they are struggling, please let me know.
Children in Kestrel Class will regularly participate in outdoor learning throughout the week. Whilst we will endeavour to keep their uniforms clean, sometimes the children have other ideas! Our formal outdoor learning session is on a Friday afternoon and this will be the time that we allow the children a little more freedom to explore all of the dirtiest areas! Please provide clothing/shoes/wellies that you don't mind getting dirty for this session. Please also ensure that your child has a coat in school.