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Hello and welcome to our Kestrel class page!

We are the Kestrel class and we are the oldest in our school. Within our class, we take on many additional responsibilities such as: Playground buddies, school council and being the school's prime minister and vice prime minister. In Year six, we strive to achieve greatness through hard work, dedication, resilience and respect.


Meet the Team!


Mrs E Jarvis ( Class teacher) and Mr Moreton (Teaching Assistant)

Useful information:

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 Y6 Timetable Autumn 1


 Ambassador Awards 2019-2020

This year we have incorporated the Learning Passport within a document that recognises children’s achievements in school and the wider community. What is expected in order for children to achieve their ’Ambassador Award’ comes under 4 headings:

  • Citizenship
  • Relationships
  • Learning
  • Behaviour and conduct

Each section has elements that underpin the values that as a school we hold dear. We believe that learning is something that continues every minute of the waking day and it is important to recognise children’s achievements not only in lessons but beyond. Adults in school will discuss each section with the children and how they can meet the criteria identified; we are hoping that the children will be able to take some ownership of the passport themselves!

Have a look at the Ambassador leaflet to find out more and look through 'Steps to Success' passport the Year 6 children will be working through this year to help them achieve their Ambassador Awards!

Information leaflet

Kestrels Ambassador Award. What I need to do.




In Literacy this term we will be covering a range of genres, these are as follows: 

  • Classic narrative poetry

The Jabberwocky – Lewis Carroll

The Raven – Edgar Allen Poe


  • Discussion

Would you have preferred to live in the town or the country during the industrial revolution?

Should children work


  • Detective/Crime



  • Explanation text

Until I met Dudley

Explanation re inventions which evolved through Industrial Revolution


Take a look here to see what your child is learning about in all areas of the curriculum!

Week 1 :  Question

When and where was the industrial revolution?

Week 2:  Question

Why was the revolution important and what effect did this have?

Week 3:  Question

What impact did the revolution have on daily life?

Week 4 and 5:  Question

How did the revolution impact travel and was it an improvement?

Week 6:  Question

How did this affect the average person?

What were they key things to come from the industrial revolution?

Week 7:  Question

What was the importance of coal and iron?

Week 8:  Question

Who was Richard Arkwright? Why was he a significant figure? What impact did this have?

Week 9 and 10:  Question

How has Cromford changed from the 18th century?

Week 11: Question

Arkwright Hero or Villan?

Week 12: Question

Why did people go to work in the mill?

Week 13: Question

What significant impact did Arkwright have on society as we know it?


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Autumn 1 –  Light – Crime Lab Investigation

A crime has been committed and the UK Crime Lab needs a team to analyse its evidence against six suspects. They need a team with mathematical prowess and a scientific line of attack. Could you be the team to tackle the mystery of the West Hollow High School laptop thief?

  • recognise that light appears to travel in straight lines
  • use the idea that light travels in straight lines to explain that objects are seen because they give out or reflect light into the eye.
  • explain that we see things because light travels from light sources to our eyes or from light sources to objects and then to our eyes.

use the idea that light travels in straight lines to explain why shadows have the same shape as the objects that cast them.

In Mathematics this term we will be learning to:

  • read, write, order and compare numbers up to 10 000 000 and determine the value of each digit
  • round any whole number to a required degree of accuracy
  • solve number problems and practical problems that involve all of the above
  • identify the value of each digit in numbers given to three decimal places
  • solve problems which require answers to be rounded to specified degrees of accuracy
  • multiply and divide numbers by 10, 100 and 1000 giving answers up to three decimal places
  • perform mental calculations, including with mixed operations and large numbers
  • multiply multi-digit numbers up to 4 digits by a two-digit whole number using an efficient written method of long multiplication
  • solve problems involving multiplication
  • use estimation to check answers to calculations and determine, in the context of a problem, an appropriate degree of accuracy.
  • multiply one-digit numbers with up to two decimal places by whole numbers
  • interpret and construct line graphs and use these to solve problems
  • interpret pie charts

calculate and interpret the mean as an average. 


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Autumn 1 will consist of the children looking at how Muslims worship god and their way of life. At the end of Autumn 1 they will be able to:

- show an understanding of why people show commitment in different ways.
-  describe how different practices enable Muslims to show their commitment to God and understand that some of these will be more significant to some Muslims than others.
-  think of some ways of showing commitment to God that would be better than others for Muslims.


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The first half term will focus on educating the children about drugs. This topic will consist of discussing how to remain safe. At a glance the following subject areas will be covered this half term:

  • Staying healthy

  • Risk and safety rules

  • Smoking

  • The effects of alcohol

  • Legal and illegal drugs

  • Peer pressure

  • How to access help, advice and support

  • Forthcoming dates for Kestrels Class!

 Monday 2nd September - INSET day - school closed for the children

Tuesday 3rd September - School reopens for the children! Children already in Nursery will come back on  this day.

Monday 9th September – Forest Schools sessions start for Kestrels class group A

Tuesday 10th September – Forest Schools sessions start for Kestrels class group B

Friday 13th September - Roald Dahl dress up day for £1.00 

Monday 16th September - Friday 20th September - Whole school health and well-being week. Lots of activities planned!

Wednesday 25th September - British values day! We will be exploring different British values today and at lunchtime there is a Best of British dinner!

Friday 27th September – MacMillan Coffee morning in the hall. More information to follow.

Wednesday 2nd October – NSPCC assemblies for KS1 and KS2 in the afternoon

Wednesday 2nd October – Parents and children invited to discuss the school vision at 3.30pm in the school hall.

Thursday 3rd October – NSPCC workshops for Woodpeckers class and Kestrels class today

Thursday 10th October – World Mental Health day – Hello Yellow day

Week beginning Monday 14th October – Book fair in school all week.

Tuesday 15th October – Parents evening for KS1 and KS2 classes until 6.00pm

Wednesday 16th October – Parents evening for KS1 and KS2 classes until 7.00pm

Thursday 24th October – Provisional date for KS1 Harvest Festival children at 9.15am and KS2 Harvest Festival at 10.00am in the school hall. Everyone welcome!

Friday 25th October - Last day of term

Monday 4th November - INSET day – School/Nursery closed to the children.

Tuesday 5th November - School reopens for the children!



Please find the attached letters sent out this half term below: 

Introduction to Y6

Cromford Mill Trip Letter


All of the pupils will be following the normal Literacy and Numeracy strategies along with Science, ICT, topic etc. Please find below expected minimum homework requirements during this term.

Reading - 3 x 15mins per week - this will help the children to both build a love of literature and their stamina for reading longer texts - a skill needed for the end of Key Stage 2 SATS. When the children have completed this homework they will show Mrs Jarvis their Home/school diary which should have three comments in from their parent/guardian. If they have 3 comments and signatures stating that they read with an adult 3 times that week they will get a mark on the class reading chart. The person with the most marks will win a prize at the end of each half term!

Maths - 1 set per week (Wednesday), they will also need to know their times tables up to 12 x 12

Spelling - 10 spellings per week.  Test every Friday - some of these will be common frequency words that the children do not always spell accurately.

Year 6 Spellings!

Literacy/SPAG - 1 piece per week (Wednesday)

Topic– 1 piece every week (personal learning log)

The ‘learning log’ is a piece of individual homework when your child may be imaginative, creative and resourceful in order to produce various pieces of work.  Children will be given around 9 tasks to complete for the half term at the start of each half term, these tasks are done at your child's leisure and the expectation is that their is 1 done per week, at the end of the half term your child will bring their learning log into class and they will share the work that they have completed with their peers they will then be collected in and marked.

Children will need PE or games kit throughout the week, this should include footwear for both indoors and outdoors. Kestrels will be having two PE lessons a week these are MONDAY AND TUESDAY. The children must bring appropriate PE Kit in order to take part and will therefore NEED their kit the first day back.

  • Blue or Black shorts

  • White T shirt

  • Jogging bottoms for outdoor PE

  • Change of socks - sweaty socks smell after PE

  • Roll on deodorant only

  • Black plimsolls

  • Trainers