Welcome to Kestrels Class!


At Cotton End Forest School, we are committed to providing a creative curriculum which is based on ‘Learning Beyond the Classroom’. This approach is hands-on, broad and balanced, and provides our pupils with opportunities to gain essential knowledge, skills and understanding. We intend that all children should enjoy their learning, achieve their potential and become independent life-long learners.

Through a creative, holistic, outdoor-focused approach, we will aim high, striving for every child to achieve highly, both academically and socially. Through learning opportunities in the classroom and beyond, including Forest School, our curriculum will nurture curious minds, stretch imaginations and provide opportunities for every child to become leaders in their own right. We believe that education takes place beyond the walls of the classroom, and we utilise our outdoor space to promote a fully inclusive environment where children feel safe and confident to try new things.

Kestrels is our year 6 class, taught by Miss Joseph and supported by Mrs Davey.

We enjoy a thematic approach to the curriculum where all of the children’s needs are catered for. We also link the curriculum to outdoor learning and the children will experience opportunities to learn outside the classroom, alongside timetabled Forest School sessions.

Throughout the course of one academic year, we cover three different topics (one per term) and lessons are differentiated to support and extend all of the children in the class.

In Kestrels class, children continue to develop the skill of working independently and children are encouraged to challenge themselves across the curriculum.

The children learn through a range of high quality classroom based activities, which cater for all learning styles. We link our learning objectives to our termly themes and the children immerse themselves in their learning. All learning is promoted through the school ethos and vision to provide our children with opportunities to become confident, happy children valuing and respecting diversity and who are proud of their achievements.

Our Summer term topic is Game of Survival (Evolution) and is our science based topic.

Please click on the link to access the curriculum overview for Summer term 2022 Kestrels Class Summer Term 2022 Curriculum Overview

Important information for Year 6:

  • Homework – The children’s homework will be set on Friday and it must be turned in by the following Wednesday. This will contain a variety of work each week linked to the learning in class. There will be English, Maths plus occasional topic based learning activities.
  • Spellings – The children will bring home their spellings on a Friday. These will be written in their school planner. Please make sure children practice their spellings regularly. Children will be tested on Fridays.
  • Reading Books – Each child has a reading book and planner. These need to come to school every day. Please listen to your child read regularly and record page numbers and comments in their planner.
  • Forest School – Kestrels have sessions on a Thursday afternoon. Please make sure children have wellies and waterproofs in school at all times as well as a warm weather alternative, long sleeve top and trousers/leggings.
  • Children have PE on a Wednesday – Please make sure children have the correct PE kit in school at all times.

If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Miss Joseph



Rangoli Patterns

Shocott Spring Walk