The Meadows

Primary School

‘Play Together, Learn Together, Achieve Together’

KESTRELS - Years 4 & 5

Welcome to Kestrels' Class Page




Mrs Baggaley


Teaching Assistants

Mrs Beetson

Mr Bickley

Miss Mabe


Our Summer term topic will be 'Poles Apart!'

This term out topic is ‘Poles Apart’ which focuses on Antarctica and the Arctic.  In History, they children will follow enquiries to find out about polar explorers in History and focus on Ernest Shackleton, his expedition on  Endurance.  The children will complete their History unit by comparing Shackleton to other polar explorers.  In Geography, the children will locate the polar regions at the top and the bottom of the earth, learn more about the seasons in the polar regions and use four figure grid references to plot the journey an explorer may take.  In Art, the children will investigate the roles and purposes of sculptors and use recycled material to create their own sculptures.  In DT, the children will be designing and making a healthy dish which they can cook independently at home.  Finally, in Music, the children will learn about the origins of musical theatre and will create, rehearse, and perform their own musical theatre scene.




Multiplication Tables Check

Year 4 children will be taking a Multiplication Table Check in June 2023.  We will practise for this in school, but it would be useful if children could also practise at home.  A useful website to practice with is  This is very similar to the official check and allows 6 seconds to answer each question.  Please practise as much as you can!



Children can access the Nessy Reading and Spelling programme at home.  Using the website click on 'log in' in the top right hand corner.  The secret word is bossywrench then enter your child's first and last name and click GO.  



The children have received a password to access Mathletics.  Tasks will be set for the children and it would be helpful if they could practise at home.  


Online SPAG and Read Theory Practise

The children have received passwords to access the SPAG and Read Theory practise questions at home.  If the children could complete SPAG and Read Theory practise regularly at home, this would really support their progress at school. The tests do not take very long and the programmes enable the tracking of their progress both at school and at home, so you can see how they are getting on.


Thank you,


The Kestrels' Team




Summer English Units - Books

Summer Timetable 2023 - Subject to change


Some useful information:

  • Summer Term 2023: P.E. will be every Tuesday and Thursday
  • Book change: Please encourage your child to bring in their reading books daily - books will be changed weekly usually on a Thursday.
  • Messages: Messages for staff can be sent to Seesaw or via email to, marked for the attention of a specific member of staff.
  • Spelling test (Summer Term 2023) : Friday - A spelling booklet will be sent home so children have a copy at home.  Please let us know if you need an additional copy.


Useful websites:

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


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.


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.