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 Spring term topic will be 'Bright Lights, Big City'

This term the children will be learning about Liverpool. In History, they will learn about how Liverpool began as a small fishing port which became involved in the slave trade and how it dominated the city.  In the second half of term, the children will learn about Liverpool from a Geography perspective, by looking at maps and discovering how the city is changing. In Art, children will study the Liverpool skyline and use different techniques to produce a picture of Liverpool . After this, in the second half of Autumn term, the children will focus on mechanisms and electrical control and make an alarm for a car for their Design and Technology project.  Finally, in music, the children will learn about the origins and features of rock and roll music.  We will learn how to play the hand jive and rock around the clock..


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




Spring English Units - Books

Spring Timetable 2023 - Subject to change


Some useful information:

  • Spring Term 2023: P.E. will be every Monday
  • Spring Term Swimming 2023:   Wednesday (beginning Wednesday 11th January - Wednesday 22nd March).
  • 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 (Spring 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.

Useful Links