Kestrel Class wc 6th July

Hello clever Kestrels!

How are you all? It feels like such a long time since I saw you last. I’m very much missing the company and liveliness of you all. This week my bubble put on a circus and I couldn’t help but think of all the acrobats and gymnasts that are in our class. Not to mention the fantastic artists that would have produced the most brilliant decorations and the brave actors who would have made excellent ringmasters. If you were in a circus, what would your role be? Strongman? Contortionist? Lion tamer? Share your thoughts on the blog and let me know what you got up to at home! To access the blog, log into purple mash then click on the sharing icon that is at the top (a green globe) then the shared blog tab and then the Kestrel blog.

I love seeing you all interact on the blog. It almost feels like a small dose of normality in these strange times.

Daily Tasks

Magical Mayans!

Please be aware that the Magical Mayans folder below is a working document that I have recently created so resources may move and the folders will be added to periodically. If you have any questions please email me: Have fun!

Some brilliant facts on the blog after last week. I really liked Pheobe’s about how the Mayans figured out how to make bouncy balls using a chemical from a plant!

Some activities that I wish I’d come up with but were done by parents this week:

  • Making a Mayan meal using ingredients the Mayans had.
  • Mayan art – using leaves and outdoor materials with interesting textures to print repeating patterns. (Paint onto the leaf or object and press it onto the page)

Let me know if you have any other suggestions or do anything else interesting that others might enjoy, I would love to hear them and share them if you’re happy for me to do so.

Theo shared his completed Mayan Timeline on the blog this week if you fancy checking it out! (Thanks Theo)

You can tick off the activities from the grid as you go. Remember, in school we would do 2 extended theme lessons a week and I would try to incorporate elements of Math and English so you can practise your skills within other subjects as well as learning about our topic so don’t shy away from picking those. Try to vary the activities that you choose.

^ One peak – 2 tasks a week.

^^ Two peaks – 3-4 tasks a week.

^^^ Three peaks – 5+ tasks a week.

Or if you’re willing and have the time, you could try following my planning and using the resources in the folders as if you were having the actual lessons. You will need somebody to have these discussions with though and I know that it’s very limiting being at home. In school, my bubble is on block 3 now and will be starting actual researching and learning more in depth information trying to respond to our W questions on our KWL grids.

I’ve been working through activities with the year 5 children in my bubble and they’ve been great soundboards for planning the unit. I love hearing about what you want to know about as it helps me make the lessons interesting. If you find out anything that you think is really interesting or have any great questions about the Mayans, I would love for you to post on the blog or email them to me so I can incorporate them in future lessons and see if I can research your ideas and create/find resources based on them to add to the magical mayans folder. Thank you for all your engagement so far! You are fabulous and I am very grateful for you all!


The summer reading challenge has opened early this year and is online now.

Details at

A lot of you really enjoyed reading Chapter 1 of Our Big Kitchen, this week in your 2dos you will see chapter 4 and 5 of ‘Our Big Kitchen’. For each chapter there is a multiple choice comprehension quiz and an open question comprehension quiz (this one will send to me for marking, the multiple choice will tell me your scores) to complete after you read the chapter.

There are also 3 SPaG quizzes to check understanding, one about commas, one about parenthesis and the other about adverbs of possibility.

^ One peak – complete the multiple choice quizzes and 1 SPaG quiz of your choice.

^^ Two peaks – complete the SPaG quizzes and the multiple choice quizzes

^^^Three peaks – complete the SPaG quizzes and the multiple choice quizzes and the open question comprehension quizzes (I am still reading, marking and responding to every single one of these so keep up the hard work).

Greater depth – Recalling from the text.

  • In the chapters you have read so far, remember three adjectives used to describe Sienna’s emotions. If you can’t remember exactly, you can use synonyms.
  • Since the start of the story, name 4 characters that we have met – other than Sienna – you don’t have to have exact names.
  • Think of 3 things you have learnt since the story began.
  • List 5 words that you think demonstrate good use of vocabulary from the text.
  • Using examples from the text, describe what you think is the most memorable part of the text so far.

English and Maths

Remember, if your child is coming into school they need to be following the English and Maths detailed here at home as this is what will be followed in school and they will otherwise be lacking skills/previous work from the sequences, please don’t let them go ahead either or they will be repeating work.

Otherwise, you are welcome to use other activities that better suit your home-learning environment and/or try out the links provided on this page:

English – Virtual Author Visit

This week, key stage two have an exciting opportunity to be part of a virtual author workshop. In order to get the most out of this you should try to watch the videos and complete the activities, then apply the skills to write your own suspense text. It might be nice if you wrote your suspense text as if it was a ‘best write’ and we could share them with Mrs Allan to help inform your English teaching next year. I know she’d love to have some extracts to read from you.

Day 1. Our Author makes his introductions for himself and his masterclass. I would like you to complete the following activities (choose your peak but try to challenge yourself). In the PDF attached, read through the information and watch the videos then:

^ 1 Peak – Complete activity 1 and 2.

^^ 2 Peak – Complete activities 1, 2 and 3.

^^^3 Peak – Complete activities 1, 2, 3 and 4.

Day 2. Luke continues to talk about how to improve your descriptive writing by using the senses. Watch the video and then:

^ 1 Peak – Complete activity 5 and 6.

^^ 2 Peak – Complete activities 5 and 6 then watch the video on the page called ‘Show don’t tell’.

^^^3 Peak – Complete activities 5 and 6 then watch the video on the page called ‘Show don’t tell’ then complete activities 7 and 8 on that page.

All peaks: Have a go at activity 11, creating a book cover. It’s up to you whether you want to watch the video first or not. A lot of you already have a unique drawing style that you embrace and could apply to your front cover art or you might want to branch out and learn about a new style as well as a new story.

Day 3. Today is the day to ask a question to Luke, you can either email him directly or post your question on the blog (I will create a post you can comment on for this) and I will email them to him in a batch. Let’s show that Kestrel class comes up with the best questions! Watch the video on the page titled ‘Short sentences’, then:

^ 1 Peak – Complete activity 9.

^^ 2 Peak – Complete activity 9 and watch the video on the following page about editing.

^^^ 3 Peak – Complete activity 9 and watch the video on the following page about editing then complete activity 10.

All peaks: Read the examples of editing on page 11 and think about which you like the best.

Day 4. It’s time to put our skills this week into practise. We are going to plan a mystery story. Please use the resources in the English folder to help you with this. Firstly, read the Mystery Story WAGOLLs (What A Good One Looks Like), then use the ‘Writing a mystery story’ document to help with planning (if you want to do the star activities then use one of the WAGOLLs to do this). I have put the Cave of Requirement full document into the resources folder if you want to work through it. Use the planning structure or create your own to support the planning of your mystery story using features of a suspense text to help you.

^ 1 Peak – Complete the similes and adjectives sections of your plan and use notes to fill in the other sections.

^^ 2 Peak – Complete the similes, adjectives and metaphors sections of your plan and use bullet points to fill in the other sections.

^^^ 3 Peak – Complete the similes, adjectives and metaphors sections of your plan and use short sentences or bullet points to fill in the other sections and write 5 interesting sentence openers that you can use to make your writing more interesting OR create your own planning structure to suit your own writing using short sentences or bullet points to plan.

Day 5 – It’s writing time! I want you to use your plans to help you to write your stories and refer to the features on the checklist to help you keep your story in the right genre (mystery/suspense) and give you ideas of how to advance your story – you don’t have to include everything on there.

^ 1 Peak – Use your plan to write ½- 1 full page of A4. Don’t forget to use full sentences, start your writing at the margin if you’re doing it on paper, use paragraphs for each section to group your ideas and include your capital letters and full stops (or appropriate punctuation).

^^ 2 Peak – Write your story using interesting sentence openers to start each paragraph. Try to use short sentences to help you to build suspense and consider how you could add adjectives like cold, dark, miserable, somber, mysterious or similar to help you to set the mood of the text. Write 1-2 sides of A4.

^^^3 Peak – Use the ‘Have I finished..’ checklist like you would in school, think about all the techniques you have learnt this week like using short sentences, describing with the senses and editing afterwards. Write 2-3 sides of A4.

Greater depth: Design a front cover and write a blurb for your story.

Good luck – I know you will all try your absolute best and that is all I ask of you, please do email your stories to me at when you’re finished! I would love to see your work and feedback and pass on your best pieces to Mrs Allan so she can see what hard-workers we have in Kestrel class!

Maths – Week 11 White Rose Maths plans:

This week we will be following the White Rose Maths Home learning pages at We are up-to-date and carrying on at week 11, dated 6th July.

PLEASE NOTE that the activity and answer sheets are now attached below to this webpage and are not available from the White Rose website.

This week is all about shapes (also known as geometry) – 2D, 3D, translation and reflection. I know that we have visited this periodically in year 5 and you have prior learning from year 4 and year 3 that you can apply to this also. I would recommend first visiting the resources below in the ‘Additional support for shape’ section to help you get started – some of them seem very obvious but are worth watching to recap vocabulary like vertex (/vertices), face, side, arc etc. It’s worth also being mindful about what vocabulary is used for 2D vs for 3D shapes. I’ve included some videos in your task for each day to help clarify/teach as if you were in the classroom watching an adult demonstrate the skills (corbettmaths is great for this – he offers very clear and straightforward mini-teaches).

Additional Support for shapes: – What are 2D shapes? – What are 3D shapes? – Simple explanation for parents and pupils, all about transformations – this is the one to go to if you’re looking for explanations about reflection and translation, it includes diagrams to help you understand. – loads of good resources and videos on this page for the different lessons this week. Also this page has quizzes so you can test your knowledge!


Lesson 1 – Regular and irregular polygons.

Please use the presentation on the website and the attached activity sheets below, be sure to look up or check any vocabulary you are unfamiliar with.


Lesson 2 – Reasoning about 3D shapes.

Please use the presentation on the website and the attached activity sheets below. Remember a huge part of reasoning is being able to communicate your ideas and opinions using full sentences with mathematical vocabulary. Don’t just say ‘It’s a square.’ say ‘It has 4 sides that are equal lengths and 4 equal angles and 4 vertices, because of this, it must be a square.’ It’s just like how you use evidence from the text to back up your answers for reading comprehension.


Lesson 3 – Reflection. – What makes a shape symmetrical? – This is a fantastic ‘How to’ and talks about reflections in mirror lines that are vertical and diagonal.

Please watch the videos above then use the presentation on the website and the attached activity sheets below.


Lesson 4 – Translation. – What are coordinates? – How can you transform a shape? – Another brilliant corbettmaths video, this time on how to translate.

Please watch the videos, then use the presentation on the website and the attached activity sheets below.


Maths challenge day! Or, use this as an opportunity to go back and revisit anything you have found challenging so far. I really enjoy using shapes to create repeating patterns, you might like to have a go. This is a resource you may be interested in, it talks about rotational symmetry and has a tool that you can use to create it. – learn about rotational symmetry – symmetry art tool – examples of rotational symmetry seen in Islamic art (sometimes referred to as Arabic art). They create some gorgeous tiling! I saw some of this in Israel, near the wailing wall, when I visited my family out there, maybe you’ve seen it on your travels?

Here’s a pattern I made with rotational symmetry:

You can rotate it clockwise or anti-clockwise and it repeats. Artists often use this to create wall-paper or tiles and it’s seen a lot in Islamic art as you can use it to fill a space without having any clear overlaps or gaps in the pattern. – scroll down to number 5 to look at how they use square paper to create tiling designs, you could apply this to draw rotational symmetry in your maths book.

Additional games / extensions / challenges

If you would like more of a challenge for your child, please look at the additional section below and I would highly recommend joining in with Gareth Metcalfe’s daily Y5 & 6 Maths lessons at these are a wonderful resource and focus on depth of knowledge, really understanding the concepts and exploring them instead of just acknowledging the answers. These are very accessible for learners and you can pause the videos to go at your own pace.

Have a lovely week everyone, see you soon! I’m looking forward to catching up with everyone at the end of term.

Miss M