Kestrel Class - Year 3 & Year 4 2023 - 2024
Following the completion of my Law degree in 2017, I emigrated to Washington DC with my husband where I practiced insurance law for several years before making the decision that I would like a more fulfilling career.
My journey to become a teacher began at Exeter University where I completed my PGCE alongside School's Direct where I was fortunate enough to train with a small Church of England primary school in rural Devon. I grew up in rural Shropshire and made the decision that this is where I wanted to make a difference to children and their families. My first teaching position was at another Shropshire school where I was their intervention teacher. However I quickly realised that I wanted my own class which is what led me to Newtown.
Welcome back to Spring Term 2024
A new year which means exciting challenges and adventures await both inside and outside the classroom.
In our English lessons, we will begin by exploring 'Egyptology' by Dugald Steer. It is described as a lavish 1926 scrapbook journal of a lost expedition. Full of novelties and recreations, such as a piece of mummy cloth, a booklet on hieroglyphs and a working board game, the book brims with beautiful art and fascinating facts about Ancient Egypt,with a stunning gold foiled and embossed cover featuring three 'jewels',
Our weekly spelling, punctuation, and grammar tests, as well as handwriting practice, will now take place each Friday. New spellings will also be given on Fridays. Homework will continue to be assigned on Thursdays and due the following Monday.
Reading underpins all education and as such pupils will be encouraged to read at home for at least five minutes every day. A record of this reading should then be made by a parent/carer in the Home School Journal. Please can you ensure your child’s journal is bought to school each day.
Power Maths is now fully integrated into our curriculum, helping children to develop fluency and deep conceptual understanding. Our weekly arithmetic tests will continue every Monday, and their progress will be recorded in their Home School Journals.
In our Wider Curriculum subjects, we will begin the term by exploring the importance of Festivals and Worship to Muslims in our RE lessons. In Geography, we will focus on Mountains, volvanoes and earthquakes, while in Science, we will explore our 'Changing World'. In Art andDesign children will learn and develop their skills in: design, drawing, craft, painting and art appreciation; creating an optical illusion print, replicating a plate in the famous willow pattern, carving sculptures out of soap, drawing a collection of still life objects, painting and mixing colours like Paul Cézanne and learning about the role of a ‘curator’.
In computing, we will be looking at repetition in Shapes, playground games and inside a French Classroom in French, and learning to play the ukuele with Mr. Kitcher in our weekly music lessons.
For more information on our curriculum and schedule, please visit our Curriculum Page on the website.
We are really looking forward to sharing another wonderful learning journey with you all.
Mrs Riley and Mrs Reece