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Year 5 - Kestrels


Welcome to Kestrels

Mr Sinclair
Mrs Kumar
Mrs Verma


Kestrels class, well where do we start...we don't always find it easy but we will give it a go.

As a class, we are kind-hearted, sensible and enthusiastic, with a real love of learning.  Our determination is always on show and we always try hard and want to improve. While doing this we help each other and show great team work. We are responsible, mature and respectful to others.

We love a chat and can make friends with anyone.

If you want to find out more, please look at our page.

20th April 2022 - PE Timetable


Books we are currently reading in school

In ‘The Explorer’, four children find themselves stranded in the Amazon Rainforest after their plane crashes. They learn how to survive as they begin their journey home. Along the way they discover that someone else may have travelled on the same route. Will this person be a friend or foe?


In ‘Sands of the Scorpion’, a young explorer and his friend find themselves stranded in the Sahara Desert. They have to battle snakes, scorpions and the merciless rays of the sun in order to find their way home.


‘Moon Man’ is the story of the man in moon outwitting the police in several escapades on Earth with a little help along the way.


In ‘The Jamie Drake Equation’, Jamie’s dad is an astronaut currently on the International Space Station and he is about to embark on an important spacewalk. Jamie finds himself on the receiving end of an alien transmission and may have to embark on his own important mission.


In ‘Voices in the Park’, four different voices tell their own versions of the same walk in the park. The radically different perspectives give a fascinating depth to a simple story which explores themes such as alienation and friendship.


In ‘Anneli the Art Hater’, Anneli hates art. She doesn’t like looking at it or thinking about it. However, hidden behind a door in her house, Anneli finds a painting that draws her into an extraordinary story.


‘Goodnight Mr Tom’ is the story of a young evacuee and the old man he stays with. Willie Beech is a sad, deprived child who flourishes under the care of old Tom Oakley. However, his new-found happiness is shattered by a summons back to London. Tom worries when he doesn’t hear from Willie so heads to London to find him.


‘Voices from the Second World War’ is a powerful, moving collection of first-person accounts of the Second World War. Many of the interviews were conducted by children. Some of the contributors include: a rear-gunner who took part in sixty bombing raids, a Jewish woman who played in the orchestra at Auschwitz and a Japanese man who survived Hiroshima.


Recommended Reads!

Independent reading

The Polar Bear Explorer's Club  (series) by Alex Bell

Iguana Boy by James Bishop

King Kong by Anthony Browne

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

Artemis Fowl series by Eoin Colfer

The Storm Keepers Island by Catherine Doyle

The Infinite Lives of Maisie Day by Christoper Edge

Who let the Gods Out by Maz Evas

Flour Babies by Anne Fine

The Girl with the Lost Smile by Miranda Hart

Storm Breaker   by Anthony Horowitz

The Switch by Anthony Horowitz

A Galaxy of Her Own by Libby Jackson

Out of the Ashes by Michael Morpurgo

My Parents are Driving Me Crazy by Pete Johnson

The Turbulent Term of Tyke Tyler by Gene Kemp

Beetle Boy by M G Leonard

The Ghost of Thomas Kempe by Penelope Lively

The Fastest Boy in the World by Elizabeth Lord

Silly Verse for Kids by Spike Milligan

Private Peaceful by Michael Morpurgo

Five Children and It by E Nesbit

Inkling  by Kenneth Opel

I Funny by James Patterson

The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents by Terry Pratchett

I was a Rat by Philip Pullman

The Boy at the Back of the Class by Onjali Q Rauf

Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

The Wolf Wilder by Katherine Rundell

The Silver Sword by Ian Serrailler

Bloom by Nicola Skinner

The Lady of Shalott by Alfred Lord Tennyson

The Iliad and the Odyssey by Marcia Williams

Challenge books for year 5

Clockwork by Philip Pullman

Pig Heart Boy by Malorie Blackman

Skellig by David Almond

The Borrowers by Mary Norton

Kensuke’s Kingdom by Michael Morpurgo

Varjak Paw by S F Said

Journey to Jo’burg by Beverley Naidoo

Watership Down by Richard Adams

The Phoenix and the Carpet by E Nesbit

Hacker by Malorie Blackman

Krindlekrax by Philip Ridley

The Indian in the Cupboard by Lynne Reid Banks

Goggle Eyes by Anne Fine

Cloud Busting by Malorie Blackman

Wizard Once by Cressida Cowell

How to train your Dragon series by Cressida Cowell