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Hello Kestrels! 

September 2018

Week 1

3.9.18 - Fun and games with the parachute :)

6.9.18 - A creative afternoon of sponge painting and decorating biscuits :)

7.9.18 - Paddington's 'Marmalade' Picnic with the L1 Hawks :)

Week 2

13.9.18 - French Food Tasting... yummy croissants with jam and chocolate brioche!

14.9.18 - Exploring and ordering the Numicon tiles 1-10

Week 3

17.9.18 - Congratulations to Sofia and Hammad on receiving their very first Merit badge from Mrs Birtwell :)

19.9.18 - Scarecrow making...end results to follow!

Week 4 

24.9.18 - Congratulations to Liza, Tiyi, Sami, Temikemi, Avneet, Callum and Abi on receiving a merit badge today :)

25.9.18 - Outdoor Games with the Pre-School :) We are getting good at working as a team!

26.9.18 - We put our scarecrows in the sunshine of the Sensory Garden today :) Don't they look wonderful?!!

Check out a few of our amazing scarecrow designs...

26.9.18 - Fish tasting (sardines, pilchards, tuna, mackerel, salmon & prawn crackers) - it was a smelly afternoon!!

27.9.18 - Fun at gardening club - Howard, Avneet, Sofia & Abi working as a team to de-weed the flower beds :)

October 2018

Week 5 

1.10.18 - A big THANK YOU to all the parents who came along to share in our Harvest Service at St Mary's church. All of your kind donations of food, flowers and biscuits will be gratefully received by the Gravesham Food Bank and elderly members of our local community.

AT 'Target Tree' - Can you spot the lovely, leafy hedgehogs from the Lower School Art Club too?!!

A few targets from Kestrels class...

2.10.18 - Funky Fingers training time: letter formation with icing on biscuits :)

3.10,18 - Crusty and Tiny the Tortoises came to visit us!!!

Week 6 

Indoor PE - Large apparatus session :)

Take a look at our amazing art work...what natural objects have we used?

9.10.18 - L1 H&K plus the P/S visited Pizza Express in Rochester - CHECK OUT OUR PICTURES ON THE CLASS TAB!

Week 7

Welcome back everyone! We hope you have all had a restful half term :) The weather has certainly turned now with the darker evenings so remember to wrap up warm!

31.10.18 - We ALL enjoyed the pumpkin carving with the Hawks!!!!

31.10.18 - Indoor PE with the large apparatus :)

November 2018

2.11.18 - Communication Group Challenge with Mr Diedo: Making a tower out of cards! How did we do?

Week 8

8.11.18 - Forest School was rather chilly today but the children still enjoyed free play, making flames and stick play :)

9.11.18 - The girls were 'junk modelling' this morning :) They made rockets of our class display!

Week 9 

6th, 8th & 9th Novemeber - Our new classroom display is READY!! Take time to come and see all of the children's fabulous writing and artwork. Everyone worked incredibly hard last week :)

12.11.18 - Congratulations to Howard, Sofia, Tiyi, Abi, Hammad, Avneet & Asal on receiving a merit badge in assembly today!

Kindness Week 

14.11.18 - The Kestrels made hand charts to track their "kind" words and actions for the week ahead! How many good deeds do you think they can do?

16.9.18 - Sequencing numbers 10 - 20 & creating number values to 20. Well done girls, super team work!!

Week 10

20.11.18 - Congratulations to Sami, Callum, Josie, Abi & Temikemi for receiving a merit badge in assembly today! 


Today we were so lucky to eat home-made pumpkin pies - a BIG thank you goes to Mrs Bajer! They were yummy :)

We ALL love pumpkin pie!!!!!

23.11.18 - Designing and making a 'house' for A Little Pig :) What fabulous creative skills were being used this morning, well done everyone!

Week 11

26.11.18 - Congratulations to Tiyi, Avneet, Liza and Asal for receiving a merit badge today!

27.11.18 - HAPPY INTERNATIONAL DAY at Steephill School :)

Well done to the L1 Kestrels for representing the following 10 countries: Australia, Canada, China, Dubai, India, Iran, Nigeria, Peru, South Africa and Spain. 

What brilliant outfits, props and flags!

29.11.18 - A breezy Forest School today with the Pre-School :)

December 2018

Week 12

7.12.18 - This week I had the pleasure of taking the Hawks and Upper 1 to the Forest School. It was a really wet and blustery morning but the children loved it and had lots of fun! There was water collecting, mud mixing, tree climbing, imaginative play and natural soup making...what a busy time we had :)

7.18.19 - The Kestrels and Hawks danced the night away at the Lower School 'Christmas Party'. Well done to the boys who won the dance off!! :)

Week 13

13.12.18 - A wonderful homemade Christmas Lunch by Mrs Collins and her catering team :)

13.12.18 - This afternoon pupils from Year 6 came to read their Christmas stories to the Kestrels, what fantastic writing! Thank you for taking the time to share these with us :)

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year,

we will see you all in 2019!!!

Best wishes from

Mrs Clarke, Mrs Leslie & Mrs Fernandez xxx

January 2019

Week 1

9.1.19 - L1 Hawks and Kestrels visited St Mary's Church in Fawkham to learn all about the Epiphany :)

10.1.19 - Our first Spring Term outing to Forest School was a very cold and crisp! We welcomed 5 new Pre-School friends to our Base Camp today :)

Week 2 

Mrs Clarke has been poorly this week

- sorry no pictures! 

Week 3

24.1.19 - A frosty Forest School morning with the Pre-School :) Exploring ice, digging, free play & exploration!

25.1.19 - Number Bonds to 10 using the Numicon. Everyone is working so hard! :)

Week 4

30.1.19 - Spring Term Targets from Lower 1 Kestrels. What lovely writing everyone!

31.1.19 - A snowy Forest School day!

February 2019 

A visit to New Ash Green Library 

1.2.19 - Exploring fiction and non-fiction books at New Ash Green library today. We will be visiting again on Friday 15th March!

1.2.19 - A Visit from Kent Police. The children were able to sit in the police car, watch the flashing lights/hear the sirens and have their fingerprints taken. What a fun filled afternoon!! :)

Week 5

5.2.19 - Science Day:

'House Building' by L1 Kestrels 

6.2.19 - Happy Chinese New Year! L1 Kestrels and Hawks celebrated by eating Chinese foods :) Yummy!!

Week 6

14.2.19 - Miller the Guide Dog puppy came to visit us in assembly. We were lucky enough to give him a pat on the way back to the classroom! :)

End of Spring Term 1! The lovely Hawks Class made us some Valentine's/Friendship cakes :) We ALL feel very loved!!!

Week 7 

28.2.19 - An active Forest School session with Lower 1 Kestrels and the Pre-School :)

March 2019

1.3.19 - Happy St Davids Day everyone!!! In topic work the children made paper daffodils.

4.3.19 - Congratulations to every child in Kestrels class today for receiving a merit badge from Mrs Birtwell in assembly.

6.3.19 - PANCAKE DAY excitement!!!! :)

Every child had a go at tossing (& eating) a pancake!

Week 8 

Happiness Week 

4-8th March 

7.3.19 - Today was L1 Kestrels Class Assembly and for World Book Day 019 we performed the story 'Room on the Broom' by Julia Donaldson.

8.3.19 - In whole school assembly children from each class told jokes to finish 'Happiness Week' off with big laughs and smiles :)

Week 9

15.3.19 - A bright and cheerful trip to New Ash Green library with the whole class! :)

Week 10 ​​​​​

20.3.19 - Ms Hackett and Mrs Tucker taught Pre-School & L1 Hawks/Kestrels an Irish Dance in celebration of St Patrick's Day :) They had great fun!!

21.3.19 - Exploring 2D shapes and creating animal pictures with a partner.

Summer Term 2019

Forest School Fun with the Pre-School :) Using water and digging in the mud!

Lower 1 Kestrels 'Supertato' creations. These are just fabulous!!!!

13.5.19 - Celebratory 'Tibetan Worm Racing' (a whole school activity) GO, GO GO everyone!!!

w/c 13.5.19 - Congratulations to TK INCREDIBLE who won the 'Design a Superhero Outfit'. What a fabulous cap & mask - spreading family love all around!

15.5.19 - Wesak Celebration Candle Holders - Designs by Lower 1 Hawks & Kestrels :)

6.6.19 - Lower School Trip to Wingham Wildlife Park. What a fabulously sunny time we had too :)

25.6.19 - Kestrels Class visit the Cyclo Park in Gravesend. We had lots of fun scooting, playing on the adventure play equipment and in the sandpit :)