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KESTRELS - Years 4 & 5

frownWelcome to Spring Term Kestrel's class page 2017/2018frown


We hope you have all had a lovely Christmas and a Happy New Year and all children have had an enjoyable and relaxing break. 


This term our topic will be ‘A Greek Odyssey’, a history based  study of Ancient Greek life  where

the children will pose and investigate their own questions. They will explore Ancient Greek daily life, medicines, food and the origin of the Olympic Games. During art, the children will draw mythical beasts and make clay plaques of their own mythical  beast creation.


ICT will continue to be used to support other subjects, but the children will also learn how to use data handling software such as Excel . During PE they will work on the skills involved in net wall games and will build on their dance techniques linked to the Olympic Games.


A reminder that swimming for our class will begin on Tuesday 16th January 2018.

Spring Term Curriculum Overview


Some important information:

  • Please ensure that your child/children bring in their Home-school link books/Reading Journals to school every day.
  • Please encourage your child to read three times a week and record a small summary (independently) in their Reading Journals.
  • Physical Education (P.E) will be every Wednesday afternoon - please ensure your child has their kit in school.
  • Homework will be given out on a Friday and is due back in every Wednesday (or earlier) if possible.


Other useful information:

  • P.E. (Kit needed): Wednesdays
  • Swimming (Spring Term only): Tuesdays
  • Book change: Please encourage your child to bring in their reading books daily - books will be changed when requested during group read sessions.
  • Homelink books (Pink books): Please encourage your child to place their homelink book into the basket independently each morning.
  • Reading journals (Purple books): Please encourage your child to record their reading themselves and put their journals into the reading journal basket each morning.
  • Homework folders: Given out on Fridays - due back every Wednesday or earlier.
  • Spelling test: Thursdays - the new practice sheets will be provided on Friday for the following week ahead. The new spelling rule or pattern will be taught on Monday.
  • Big maths: Fridays - the CLIC and Learn It tests are completed in class and sent home to practice.


Useful websites:

Below is a list of websites that may be useful when practicing times tables and place value.


When practicing times tables, as well as the websites above, you could play games, sing songs, make up rhymes, or use flash cards. Remember that children should be able to recall facts out of order without working up from 1 x something.


We are currently learning about place value in class. Below is a link to the place value game that children have been playing in class - it may be useful to play this game at home to increase your child's confidence with value and support their learning in class. 


There are a variety of ideas on the internet! You could try typing 'fun ways to learn multiplication tables' or 'fun ways to learn place value' into a search engine. The key to learning times table facts is regular practice in short bursts. For example, on the way home, in the car, or when going up to bed.