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Cockerham Parochial

Church of England Primary School

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Kestrel Class

Kestrel Class comprises of Year 5 and 6 pupils who make excellent progress under the guidance of Mrs Olley, supported by Mrs Foy.


Activities are planned so that the children enjoy a rich and diverse curriculum with a vast range of activities which are carefully tailored to children's needs and interests. Reading, Writing and Mathematics are given high priority, and children achieve well above the national average by the time they leave Year 6, with a high proportion of children achieving expected or above in all subjects.


P.E. lessons will take place on a Wednesday morning and Friday afternoon. Please ensure the children have their  P.E. kit and trainers on those days, ensuring all clothing items are clearly named. The children will engage in a range of activities throughout the year including invasion games, athletics, gymnastics and dance. Year 5 currently go swimming on a Friday afternoon.


We have worship every day. This is led by Mrs Hutchins, Reverend Gary, staff from school or sometimes our worship team. This is a lovely time for us all to sing, pray, learn about our Christian values, local and global events and to share ideas and have time to reflect. Sometimes worship is in the hall with the whole school or sometimes it is in our class groups. We say a prayer at lunch time and at the end of the school day. 


We love reading at Cockerham School. We cannot emphasise enough the importance of sharing books together.  The children will bring a reading book home. The expectation is to read at least 3 times a week in order to develop their fluency and comprehension skills. Maths and English homework is sent home every Friday. This should be returned by the following Friday. Spellings will also be given out and tested every Friday. 








On a Friday, the children will come home with a piece of Maths homework linked to the topic that they have been working on that week in class. The children will also have an English task to complete, this could be based on a particular grammar focus, a spelling focus or a short writing activity. Children will have a weekly set of spellings to learn. Year 6 may be given some extra revision/consolidation activities to prepare them for the Key Stage Assessments.


Homework is sent home on a Friday to be returned by the following Friday. 



Year 5 and 6 Homework- May Half Term

Thursday Homework- CGP Book


Year 5 to complete page 24-25 in their Maths CGP book and pages 18-19 in their Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling CGP book to be returned by Thursday 8th June.


Year 6 to complete page 10-11 in their Maths CGP book and pages 44-45 in their Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling CGP book to be returned by Thursday 8th June.


Autumn 1 curriculum overview 2022

Autumn Term Learning


In Kestrels, we have been writing newspaper articles on King Charles III becoming King. These will be displayed in our school corridor. As part of the display, Ted has created a portrait of the King. Just look at this fantastic piece of art.



On the 30th November Kestrels went to Church to take part in a Holy Communion service led by Reverend Gary.  

Kestrels have been busy in Design Technology. The children have been planning and designing their own Christmas inspired scones for the Christmas fair. They prepared and cooked the scones to perfection. 

In Art we researched Greek pots. We designed and made our own Greek pots from clay and used Greek patterns and images to complete our designs.

In Science we have been learning about Earth and Space. We created some models to help us to understand the different phases of the Moon. 

Spring Term Learning

5th January 2023

Today we learned all about Kestrels and owls. We all had the opportunity to hold a Kestrel, some of us had to be brave and show courage.


Patty's Barn Trip

We had a great Trip to Patty's barn. We all took part in a relaxing yoga session, then toasted marshmallows before making pizza. In the afternoon, we went on a nature trail looking for signs of spring and listening for signs of wildlife.



Summer Term Learning

Active Maths lesson - Maths on the Mat

Today we looked at how to translate and reflect shapes on a grid. We worked together in groups to reflect different shapes in the axis on the grid. We translated different shapes on the grid too.



Design Technology

In Design Technology we have been building our own mechanical toy cars in small groups following a set of instructions. We tested and adapted our models accordingly. We  designed our own car bodies using research from formula one racing car designs. 




Today some new members joined our class... 5 caterpillars! A group of children went outside to gather some natural materials to create a habitat for our caterpillars to live in. Over the next few weeks we will watch how they grow and develop into butterflies. As part of our Science this term, we are learning about life cycles, this will give us a great opportunity to observe the life cycle of a butterfly in real time. 



Year 5 Art - 8th May

Year 5 have been completing some group art projects whilst developing their sketching, painting and pencil skills with Mrs Cox.




Year 6 Celebration

Year 6 have shown lots of resilience and determination whilst completing their SAT tests. We had a great afternoon celebrating the end of the week with a game of rounders and a Wallings ice cream treat. You all deserved it!



Head Teacher's Award



Trip to Lancaster's Maritime Museum and the Slave Trail



Year 6 Writing

Year 6 have been working on improving their writing in class this week. Here are some examples:


Grace's first piece of writing from earlier in the year and her improved version:

Grace's improved version


Louisa's first piece of writing and her improved version: