Kestrel Class - Year 3 & Year 4 2023 - 2024

Mrs Reece

Mrs Riley

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 to a full, fun-packed, exciting year of learning adventures in Kestrel Class. 

To find out more about who will be teaching the class click on our 'Meet The Teaching Team' page.

The new School Year is approaching, which means exciting challenges and adventures await both inside and outside the classroom.

In our English lessons, we will delve into the imaginative and fantastical story of 'Return' by Aaron Becker. This wordless picture book encourages children to think for themselves and form their own interpretation of the narrative. The stunning illustrations will leave them spellbound and inspire their creativity.

Our weekly spelling, punctuation, and grammar tests, as well as handwriting practice, will continue each Monday, with homework assigned on Tuesdays and due the following Monday.

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 kind of world Jesus would want in our RE lessons. In Geography, we will focus on Villages, towns, and Cities, while in Science, we will explore the Power of Forces. In Art and Design, we will explore various techniques and ideas, creating a mood board as a visual mind map and source of inspiration. Children will learn tie-dye, weaving, and sewing to create a range of effects using fabric, culminating in a finished t-shirt that showcases their skills. We will continue to develop these skills in Design and Technology, creating cushions.

In computing, we will create branching databases, practice greetings in French, and sing 'The Blues' with Mr. Kitcher in our weekly music lessons.

For more information on our curriculum and schedule, please visit our Curriculum Page on the website.

Key Information for Spring Term 

  • Children should wear full uniform and black school shoes each day.

  • Our PE sessions will be on a Wednesday and Thursday.  Children are required to bring in full PE kit on these days and will get changed in school. 
  • We intend for our Wednesday sessions to be based ouside - I would recommend that pupils have suitable warm clothing such as a hat and gloves for these sessions. 
  • Children should bring a water bottle everyday.

  • Children do not need to bring pencil cases or other personal items to school. 

  • Please label all clothing and personal items to avoid the loss of property.

  • Homework is changing this year but for all information please look at our 'Home Learning' page.

If you have questions or queries please see us at the start or end of the school day or email


We are really looking forward to sharing another wonderful learning journey with you all. 

Mrs Riley and Mrs Reece


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