Welcome to Kestor Class (2017/2018)
Kestor is a Year 1/Year 2 Class, which currently has 26 pupils.
The class teacher is Mrs Nicola Kelly.
Fantastic home learning
Kestor have already started their home learning projects. Here are some of the tudor houses already created. Well done and keep them coming!
Kestor Class have had a fantastic start to the Autumn Term. The children are enjoying learning about The Great Fire of London and have come up with some interesting questions they would like answered. Year 1s have been working really hard to begin learning cursive letter formation and Year 2s are trying hard to join their handwriting.
Maths is very popular in Kestor Class. Year 1s have been learning to represent numbers using maths equipment and Year 2s have been working really hard to separate numbers into 10s and 1s. Keep up the amazing work everyone!
Measuring Height and Learning Exchange
Kestor children have been looking at height this week and had a fun time putting themselves into height order. They eventually made a long line with the children standing in line from the tallest to the shortest. The Turtles group took part in the Learning Exchange this week
taking part in the embroidery and knitting activities.
Food Webs and Learning Exchange
Kestor pupils have been working on making food webs in groups using the animal and plant pictures and wool. Some of the pupils also took part in the Learning Exchange this week where they enjoyed embroidery, cake decorating and boccia amongst other activities.
Science - Food Chains
Kestor children went outside this week as they tried to find some food chains in the school playground. Having learned what a food chain was inside the class the children were keen to put their knowledge to the test and find out what plant life was available for the animals in the food chain to eat and use as a habitat.
Naming Body Parts and Bones
Kestor children got to put a skeleton together in Science this week as they learnt how many bones there were in their bodies. They then drew a body in pairs and labelled the different body parts.
Kestor Class, along with other pupils from Keystage 1, enjoyed a visit from Warburtons. They learned about how the business began and how to eat healthily. They then took it in turns to make a healthy sandwich which they took home to enjoy later.
Sharing and Trust
Kestor Class were challenged to get themselves into two groups to take part in their RE session on Sharing and Trust. Miss Palmer then gave them a sweet on the condition that they promised to give their sweet to someone in the other group that didn't have a sweet. All the children rose to the challenge and managed to share their sweets and trust that another child was going to give them a sweet.
Kestor children have been writing all about their holidays this week and then had the opportunity to share it with their friends in class. They enjoyed reading out their recounts and listening to what everyone had been doing during the holidays.
Teamwork at Christmas
As part of our work on our school values different classes paired up to work on their teamwork as they prepared their Christingles for the Service later that day. Kestor children worked alongside pupils in Burrator and Belstone and enjoyed their time being in the older children's classroom.
This week in Kestor they have been looking at 'The Stick Man' story by Julia Donaldson and when we had read it they went into small groups of three and created freeze frames to re-tell the story.
Kestor class have been getting all stuck in this week with some maths skills being tested as they made chocolate crispy cakes. Later in the day their science was all about getting messy but not messy. Using corn flour they made their own 'gloop' and marvelled at the consistency of the substance they had created.
'It was really fun, it looked like it should have been runny but it wasn't' - Bella, Year 1
'The cooking was really good, the chocolate smelt yummy' - Olivia, Year 2
At Chudleigh Knighton Primary School we love nothing more than a good debate and in Kestor this week we had a debate about which was better Television or Books. We discussed our ideas with our friends and then we held a debate with all our points of view being heard. The end verdict from Kestor Class is that Books are better than Television!
Year 1 pupils were challenged in Design and Technology to build boats which would float. They then headed outside into the sunshine and tested them. They were all successful in building floating boats. Well done to you all for thinking about what material was best to use and for making the boats different shapes, sizes and colours.
Kestor children had a great time this week as they took part in our Sports Week. They enjoyed learning how to play new sports and took part in sports they were familiar with including Boccia, Boules and exploring the Climbing Frame. The children looked forward to the sessions with the teachers, teaching assistants and adults from outside the school. Well done to all of you for remembering your school values whilst having fun!
Cricket Festival at Forches Cross
The Year 1 children were taken by Mrs Preston to the Cricket Festival that was held at Forches Cross. They had a great time learning new ball skills and practising their target practice with a variety of equipment. Well done to all of you for trying your best and keeping those smiles on your faces even when things seemed a little tricky at the beginning.
Chudleigh Knighton Primary School had a visit from a Lego expert who led the children in different workshops throughout the day. Year 1 and Year 2 children worked to build vehicles linking to counting and adding in maths. They all enjoyed their experience and had great fun playing with their vehicles on the lego road once they were completed.
How many ways?
Year 1 children were given a challenge to find out how many different ways they could make the number 10 or 20. They added numbers together, doubled numbers, subtracted and some even used multiplication. There challenge was to find the most ways which they all were able to do with enthusiasm.
The Year 1's have been sorting seashells this week as part of their Maths and Topic. They were given the opportunity to study the shells with magnifying glasses then they all came together in the class and sorted them into groups.
'Some of the shells were really spiky' - Alfie, Year 1
'You could hear the sea in some of them' - Cora, Year 1
Kestor Children had a wonderful time when they visited the Aquarium at Plymouth. They marvelled at all the different kinds of sea creatures and were in awe of the sharks and Ray fish who they watched swimming overhead.
On Thursday 17th March all the Year 1 children headed over to Teign School to take part in their Multiskills Festival and what a lot of fun they had too! They warmed up and then caught balls, rolled balls, balanced cones and turned cones over and finally had a play with the parachute. With the Spring sunshine being kind they ended the morning with a picnic back at school.
'It was really good fun and very tiring' - Daisy, Year 1
'It was quite hard to roll the ball to the target' - Ayla, Year 1
'I loved going underneath the parachute and making a den' - Joshua, Year 1
'It was quite tricky getting the hoop round the circle!' - Tobias, Year 1
As part of their food topic, the Year 1's have been looking at the artist Giuseppe Arcimboldo who died in 1593.
He became most famous for his art that depicted human faces but created out of fruit and vegetables. The Year 1's were challenged to create their own faces using fruit and vegetables.
Learning about Baptisms
The Year 1 children took part in a pretend Christening this week. Reverend Terry, who had been in to lead our Collective Worship, talked the children through a baptism and invited questions from the children. The class then went outside, got dressed up and carried out their own Christening with a baby borrowed from Haytor class!
'It was really good fun.' - Freddy, Year 1
'It was fun being the vicar but I wouldn't want to do that to a real baby' - Cyril, Year 1
Kestor children headed to Haytor classroom where some pots, soil, paper towels and beans were waiting for them this week. They chose how they were going to plant their bean with some choosing soil and others wanting to see the bean in action preferred to put a paper towel into their cup. They carefully carried their beans back to their classroom where they will water and monitor them over the next few weeks to see what happens.
Kestor Class had a distinct oniony aroma this week during their science lesson. They examined the leeks that Mr Penny had brought in, some that were straight from a garden and some from a shop. They measured the stems and the roots and looked inside at how they grow. The children had great fun dissecting and sniffing and checking the leeks out. After the leeks had had their roots and tops trimmed they were then planted in water and tissue to see if anything would happen. The children did have a look a few days later to see that some roots had grown back and the leek was starting to grow at the top too!
Sharing Skills - ICT
During our Learning Exchange afternoons Faith has been sharing her skills in ICT with pupils from Kestor Class. She has been teaching them how to use the programme Scratch and the children in Kestor have been creating their own stories on the ipads. The sessions have proved to be very popular with both Faith and the Kestor children who are now on their second turns! Thank you Faith for sharing your learning with our younger pupils.
The year 1's delighted their families and the school this week when they performed their Nativity. The children sang beautifully and retold the original Christmas story exuding confidence. There were a lot of proud parents and children following the performance. The children even entertained the Learning Exchange visitors during their visit with a couple of their favourite songs from the Nativity. Well done to all of you!
Kestor children enjoyed acting out the Bear Hunt in the hall, squelching through the mud, swish-swashing through the long grass and going into the deep, dark cave! It was quite an exhausting journey so some of the children enjoyed being the sleeping bear at the end of the tunnel. The story has been the focus of literacy this week with children writing sentences using alliteration. 'The frightening forest' and 'cold, clammy cave!' being just a few ideas that the children came up with.
Friday was all about 'fun'draising for children in Kestor class. The children came dressed in Mufti for Children In Need day and then in the afternoon they all had the chance to bake some buns ready for their class cake sale which has raised over £60.00. Well done to all of you for helping bake cakes and raising money for Children in Need too!
All the Year 1's headed outdoors this week when they took on the challenge of drawing an overhead map of the school garden. They had already completed maps of the classrooms using blocks and lego to lay it out on the table before drawing them. The garden proved to be more of a challenge without the aid of wooden blocks the children drew their maps straight onto paper. Some of the children found some autumn leaves which they used to help them draw where the trees were on their maps.
Kestor Class retold the story of 'The Little Red Hen' as their contribution to the Harvest Assembly. Wearing masks and reading out their lines the children told us about how the Hen had done all the work to grown the wheat to make the bread and her lazy friends wouldn't help her until it came to eating the bread. Well done to all of the storytellers in Kestor.
Kestor have been focusing on number and investigating different numbers. We have matched digits and words and counted out numbers using cubes. We have looked at place value, splitting the tens and ones visually using cubes.
Patrick Heron Art
Kestor have looked at the artist Patrick Heron and have created their own versions of his work using a stripe effect and paper.
Kestor Class took part in some CAP sessions this week, learning all about how to keep safe, strong and free.
Kestor Class displayed some superb athletic skills on Sports Day with Joe even managing a smile for the camera on his long distance race. The class race was the Tunnel Ball where children passed the ball through their legs to the back of the line and the child at the back ran to the front and repeated this until everyone had had a turn. It was a closely fought race, after a slight confusion at the beginning, with Exe just pipping Dart to the post at the finish line. Well done to everyone in Kestor for being great athletes.
Our sunflowers have been growing really well on the windowsill but today we decided that they were getting too big for the school so we were allowed to take them home. We wonder who will grow the biggest sunflower! These are some photos taken a few days ago to show how much they have grown.
On Friday 8th May, VE day, children were invited to come into school dressed in Mufti. This gave Kestor a good opportunity to get a little bit messy as they planted sunflower seeds into pots. They will watch over the next few weeks to see the seeds growing and to find out how tall their sunflowers will grow.
Problem Solving in Maths
In Kestor this week we have been solving lots of problems, finding counters to add to the right amount and exploring how many different ways we can pay for items using the coins in our pots. We enjoyed working in pairs and were very pleased when we solved the problems correctly.
Mini Beast Hunt and Tadpoles!
Kestor Class went out into the school garden to hunt for mini beasts. They explored the garden from top to bottom looking for ants, woodlouse and various flying insects. It was a bit too cold for any butterflies but the children enjoyed exploring and hunting out the various animals and writing about them on their Mini beast hunt sheets.
Trixie brought in some frogspawn for Kestor to watch as they turned into tadpoles. They were taken back to Trixie's house over the holidays but they came for a visit when their legs started to grow. We all enjoyed watching the life cycle of a frog up close in our fish tank.
Kestor Class had the chance to measure water outside when they were learning all about capacity. Some of the groups were challenged to fill their beakers to a certain level. Other children solved the problem of how many beakers would fill the 1 litre jug. The children all had the chance to pour and tip the water whilst they learnt about millilitres and litres.
Church Visit for Kestor
Kestor Class went over to the St Paul's Church on Wednesday as part of their R.E lesson. The children have been learning about religious signs and symbols. Visiting the church enabled the children to see the cross and dove for themselves. They made a list of all the signs and symbols that they could see then back in class the children drew pictures or wrote about why the symbols are important to Christian people.
Great Fire of London Day
On Thursday 29th January 2015, Kestor were lucky enough to have a visit from an expert from Exeter Museum, Neil. He brought in lots of artefacts and the children had a great day exploring how people lived in the times of the Great Fire of London and re-enacting the events themselves. They all had a go at writing with some ink and quills and what lovely writing they all produced. All the children were dressed up for the occasion and had a great time showing the rest of the school what they had learnt during the day. Lots of parents came in to help on the day and the children loved sharing their learning with them. Everybody had a wonderful day and took home their bread roll or cake that they had made the day before during their maths lesson. The previous day Kestor Class had re-created the bakery where the Great Fire of London started and used their measuring knowledge to weigh out ingredients to make their tasty treats.
The Great Fire of London - Drama session
Kestor Class took part in an exciting drama session this week. In their imaginations they explored Thomas Farrinor's bakery, kneading the dough, baking the bread. The maids then swept out the fire but accidentally left a burning ember behind. The children moved into groups with one becoming the wooden houses tightly packed side by side and the other group becoming the flames which grew in size and engulfed the houses. Kristofers took on the role of Samuel Pepys, the famous diarist who wrote all about the Great Fire; with Hannah becoming a very impressive King Charles II sending the guards to knock houses down to save some of London. The session ended with a resounding rendition of 'London's Burning'.
Fire Safety Awareness Talk
On Wednesday 12th November, Kestor children had a visit from Kath Williamson. She works for Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service. The session introduced the children to Frances the Firefly who, through a short video story, told the tale of how matches can be dangerous. The children then went on to talk about how to keep themselves safe, how to identify hot and cold items. They learnt about the role of the Fire Service, how to make an emergency 999 call and the value and importance of smoke alarms. Taylor dressed up in Firefighter's gear and explained to the class what it felt like in the very heavy equipment.
The children were given information booklets to take home with them.
Food to Fork Tesco Trip
Kestor enjoyed a trip to Tescos on Wednesday morning as part of their Food and Farming Topic. They learned a lot about where our food comes from and were able to have some hands on experiences. The first one was at the fish counter where they were introduced to the many different types of fish and seafood that are on offer. The fishmonger showed them all the different parts of a fish and they were able to feel the fish. Gloves were at the ready for this activity and they all enjoyed handling the fish and especially the slippery squid! Next it was into the bakery to see what goes into the process of making a Tiger Loaf. The children watched as the dough was prepared, shaped, moulded, weighed and then baked in the oven. Later they were able to watch some bread being sliced in the machine ready for the shelf. Kestor were delighted to be able to then roll, shape and bake their own bread rolls which they were lucky enough to bring back to school and later eat. Everyone had a great time and the children certainly picked up lots of information about where their food comes from. Thank you to everyone at Tescos for making us all feel so welcome. More photos to follow in the gallery.
Kestor was a mixed year 2/3 class which had 28 pupils and was taught by Mrs Kate Collins.
Stacey Prosser from the Dog's Trust visited Kestor class in March and spent the afternoon with the children. They had already made some dog collars in the morning and then in the afternoon they made some dog treats out of banana and oats. They learnt about the Dog's Trust and what valuable work they carry out. The children had a lot of fun making the treats and learning all about the animals that are helped. More photos of the afternoon can be found in the Gallery and why not check out the Latest News section where you can see Stacey being handed a cheque in our Assembly.
Leaf Art Animals
Kestor Class took part in one of our Learning Exchange afternoons and along with our visitors they created some animals out of leaves. The children enjoyed making their owls, foxes and giraffes gluing the leaves in place.
Please see the slideshow below to see our magnificent creations.
Paignton Zoo Visit
Kestor class went on a school trip to Paignton Zoo on Thursday, linking with their topic of Flora and Fauna. All the children were very excited at the prospect of meeting the animals. We headed into the aviary to see lots of different birds or all shapes, sizes and colours before glimpsing the lazy lions in their enclosure. One of the lions proved to be a bit shy and was hiding behind a log. The ape house was a huge hit with the children as they saw the Orangutans and their new baby, the Gorilla put on quite a performance and made us all laugh. Outside in the enclosures the Rhinos were getting to know each other a little bit better, the zebra we decided needed a bath with the Mandrills becoming one of our favourites. The 5 month old giraffe came out to say hello with the other giraffes. After seeing a few more animals we headed off to the Education Centre where we were introduced to Michelle. We learned about the different habitats around the world and were lucky enough to hold some animal artefacts. A giraffe vertebra, an elephant tooth and some animal skins that were all being looked after by the Zoo. We were allowed to explore the Education Room and looked at the bones and skins. After such a busy morning we were all very glad to go and have some lunch, we did wash our hands first though!
After lunch we headed back out to the Reptile house seeing some lizards, snakes and crocodiles. Some of us had trouble with our glasses steaming up, that was because it was very humid in there. We had a lovely day at Paignton Zoo and would like to take this opportunity to thank Mrs Collins for organising the trip, all our adult helpers who came along with us and thank the PTFA for funding the trip.
Please take a look at the slideshow in the Gallery.