Welcome to Kestrel Class!
The home of Year 4/5 at Enfield Academy.
Miss Blastland is our class teacher and Miss Johnson is our teaching assistant.
Please access the links to download the Kestrel Y5 and Y4 newsletters and view our class timetable.
Weekly Home Learning
Children will be set their home learning by their morning teacher to ensure all home learning corresponds with their current maths and spelling learning. However, their topic home learning choice maps will be the same. Home learning hand in/hand out dates are different this year; all home learning will be due in on a Monday and will be given out on the following Wednesday for year 5 and will be due in on a Tuesday and will be given out on the following Thursday for year 4. Please ensure children show pride in their presentation; this is a quality they should adhere to through their home learning, in line with the expectations at school.
Maths: the children will be given a one maths task per week, which will be specific to their current in-class learning. This should be completed as independently as possible in order to embed skills and learning. The children should still access ‘Times Tables Rockstars’ in order to embed the rapid recall of their times tables (username and password can be found inside their home learning book). In year 4, the children will be expected to earn at least 500 coins each week!
Spelling: the children will be given a spelling grid at the start of each half term. This details the eleven spellings that the children are expected to learn each week, as well as the spelling rule that is the focus. Spellings should be practised in accordance with their weekly spelling home learning guide, at the back of their home learning book. Spelling tests will be conducted every Monday morning for year 5 and every Friday morning for year 4; please ensure your child practises the spellings for the correct test date.
Topic: for each new topic, the children will be given a topic home learning map, which they can choose to complete tasks from, if you wish them to. Tasks focus on further inspiring reading, writing and speaking, thinking logically, working with numbers, being scientific, painting drawing and visualising, and using technology. We celebrate the children’s efforts through our key stage two ‘topic home learning’ display in our corridor.
Reading: In Kestrel Class, we promote a love of reading! Reading strategies are taught in English lessons, with a separate ‘Cracking Comprehension’ lesson each week to embed specific comprehension skills. As part of your child’s homework, it is important to encourage him/her to read independently at home as much as possible. As your child is in Key Stage 2, please encourage him/her to read for sustained periods of time; an average of at least 15 minutes, three times a week. It is important that the children read a variety of material, such as fiction, non-fiction and poetry. If you discuss the book after your child has finished, this will help you to check his/her understanding of what has been read. Please sign and date your child’s reading record and number each session, to ensure your child receives the appropriate certificate or reward. The children are then responsible for changing their books, as necessary, during break times and allocated library sessions.
"So please, oh PLEASE, we beg, we pray, go throw your TV set away.
And in its place you can install, a lovely bookshelf on the wall."
- Roald Dahl
Every Tuesday and Thursday afternoon.
PE lessons will take place every Tuesday and Thursday afternoon. Please ensure that all items of clothing, especially sweatshirts, are clearly labelled. Girls should have their hair tied back, if it is long. Earrings should be removed, for health and safety reasons. If your child is unable to take part in PE, due to physical injury, please contact the school office. It is recommended that PE bags remain in school for the entire half term. This is because children may be required to have PE kit on days other than specified PE days, on rare occasions. Additionally, children will be required to have a pair of trainers in school every day for participation in the Golden Mile. PE bags will be sent home every half term. For this term children need to have available an outdoor PE kit including trainers.