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


Our Summer Term topic will be 'Sailing the Severn'

This term our topic is ‘Sailing the Severn’ which focuses on the River Severn.  In History, the children will complete a local study of Ironbridge and follow an enquiry finding out why Coalbrookdale played such an important role in the Industrial revolution.  In Geography, the children will locate the River Severn using digital mapping and learn more about the features of a river system.  They will understand more about how settlements have developed near the river over time.    In DT, the children will take on the challenge of designing and making a small scale raft. In Art, the children will be developing a batik design based on drawings of rivers, insects and fish.  Finally, in Music, the children will explore pitch, tempo and dynamics following a musical unit about rivers.


Multiplication Tables Check

Year 4 children will be taking a Multiplication Table Check in June 2024.  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 will receive 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 Timetable 2024 - Subject to change


Some useful information:

  • Summer Term 2024: P.E. will be every Monday 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 2024) : 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.