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Year 4 - Kestrel Class

Welcome to Kestrel Class

Our Teacher is Mrs J Keane

Our Teaching Assistant is Mrs S Rowell

Curriculum Documents:

 Year 4 Long Term Overview 2017/18

Topic Webs

In The Land Of The Pharaohs Topic Web Summer 2018

Choccywoccydoodah Topic Web Spr 2 & Sum 1

Year 4 Spring 1 & Autumn 2 Topic Web: Life in Modern Europe

Autumn 1 2017 Topic Web - The Vikings Are Coming!

Homework Menus

In The Land Of The Pharaohs Homework Web Summer 2018

 May Homework 2018

Spring 1 Reading Homework

Autumn 2 Homework Menu - Life in Modern Europe

Autumn1 2017 Year 4 Homework 'Menu'.

NEW!!  Click here to download additional Maths and English activities to complete in the Year 4 Homework Zone! NEW!!



Spelling sheet - Green & Blue Spellings Summer 2

Spelling sheet - Orange Spellings Summer 2

Spelling sheet - Red Spellings Summer 2

Year 4 Learning Zone

NEW!!  Click here to discover fun links to our topics, online games to practise Maths skills and lots of other activities in the Year 4 Learning Zone! NEW!!


Extra Information for Parents:

National Curriculum Expectations for Year 4 - Reading & Writing

National Curriculum Expectations for Year 4 - Maths

Year 3 & 4 New Curriculum Tricky Word List

National Curriculum Glossary of Grammatical Terms for KS2

Parents' Guide to Fronted Adverbials

Parents' Guide to Grammar Terms taught in Primary Schools

KS2 Grammar Glossary for Parents, with examples

How To Make A Mummy

As Year 4s continue to enjoy our Ancient Egypt topic, so this week we have been learning about the somewhat gruesome of mummification. We have all used our instruction writing skills to produce a guide to making a mummy, started to create our own canopic jars and even wrapped up some of classmates mummy-style.  Can you guess who they are?!

In The Land Of The Pharaohs

This half-term, Year 4s have been taking a walk through the Land of the Pharaohs, exploring what life was like in Ancient Egypt.  The children have been inspired to be very creative, both in lessons and through some of the fantastic homework pieces that they have produced.  Take a look at just a few examples below:

Year 4 Sporting Heroes

What a glorious afternoon of weather and sport, as the Year 4s took part in their final Sports Day at Maulden Lower School.  Earlier in the day, we had been discussing the values needed to be a top sports person, including sportsmanship, respect, patience, determination,  co-operation, courage and understanding.  This afternoon, Year 4s demonstrated these values and more besides and we are very proud of every single one of them! Here's just a few highlights from our afternoon.  Many thanks to Mrs Steinmetz, our "official photographer", to all of the helpers for organising and running the event and to all of the parents for their support.  But most of all, thank you to the children for making it such a lovely afternoon.

Welcome Back, Year 4!

Today, we welcomed back all of the children who went on last week's residential trip at Kingswood, Isle of Wight. It has been lovely to hear all about their exciting adventures, including building dens and making fire in Bushcraft, squealing on the zipwire, getting wet in rockpools on their beach adventures, boat-spotting high on the 3G swing and even frog-catching in the girls' dormitories.

Many thanks to Mrs Dwyer, Mrs Anderson and Ms Meyern who accompanied the group and took such good care of the children whilst they were away.

The children will be writing about their experiences for homework this week.  We look forward to reading more about what they got up to and hope to include some of their letters and recounts on the website for everyone to enjoy.  In the meantime, here are just a few photos from their exciting week:

3G Swing

Whilst the children have listed many highlights from their week away, there is one activity that came up time and time again ...


Here's a timetable of all the activities that we enjoyed.

Sporting Triumphs!

Many congratulations to all who took part in the Maulden Shield tournament this weekend.  It was a wonderful event, attended by Lower Schools from around the local area.  Many thanks to the dedicated families who organised, supported and attended the event, along with those who give up their time every weekend to coach and encourage the children.  A fantastic time was had by all who took part on Saturday and I am delighted to say that the Year 4 football team and the KS2 netball team won their respective tournaments.

Well done to you all!

Good Luck, Year 4!

It's an eventful weekend for the children of Kestrel Class, as they take part in netball and football tournaments, celebrate birthdays and pack for their week-long residential trip at Kingswood, Isle of Wight. 

Whilst their excitement about next week may be mixed with a few nerves and anticipation, we know that they will have an amazing experience whilst they are away.  Mrs Dwyer, Mrs Anderson and Miss Meyern will be taking lots of photographs to share with us and we look forward to hearing from the children all about their exciting adventures.  Have fun, Kestrels!

World Book Day

Today, something exciting happened in Kestrel class: we were visited by an array of well-known book characters: from Harry Potter to Wally, Mary Poppins to Dorothy, Thing 1 to the Worst Witch. We had great fun sharing some of favourite books, completing book-themed quizzes and solving Roald Dahl themed. Well done to all of the children (and their families) for the wonderful effort that they made with their costumes.  How many of these characters do you recognise? 

Music Composers

Our musical Year 4s are having the chance to compose their own tunes this half term during our Digital Music sessions with Mr Ward.  Using the free app. Garage Band, they will be exploring samples, creating loops and mixing their own tracks. We look forward to hearing their marvellous musical creations. Eat your heart out Calvin Harris!

Happy Chinese New Year
As we enter the Year of the Dog, Kestrel class and the rest of the school have been celebrating  with a special Chinese New Year day. We learned about the legend of the Jade Emperor, the twelve animals that made up the Chinese Zodiac and the one animal that didn't. (Poor cat!)  We enjoyed learning a celebratory Dragon Dance, tasting Chinese treats, making Lucky Cats (or not so lucky in the case of the legend) and folding origami bookmark dogs in celebration of this year's animal of the zodiac.

Young Voices 2018

On Friday, 26 January 36 excited children and 4 eager members of staff made their way to Birmingham's Genting Arena, ready to perform in the amazing Young Voices event. It was an amazing day and the children did their school and their families proud, singing and dancing their way through a diverse repertoire of songs, from pop hits including Rag n Bone Man's 'Human', to a medley of Cartoon Theme Tunes, the Kenyan Greeting song of 'Jambo Bwana', to Tot's popular classic 'Africa' .  87 family members also travelled to the event to lend their support.   Well done to all involved and and many thanks to Mrs Cain for organising our wonderful pupil and parent banners.  Here are just a few photos from a very memorable day and night:

More photos, video clips and children's recounts of the day to follow.

Congratulations, Team Sky!

The children of Kestrel class have once again made us all very proud.  Along with 12 children from Woodpeckers, our Year 4 team took part in a Sportshall Athletics tournament today.  6 girls and 6 boys jumped, threw, leaped and ran their way through a range of athletic events, always showing their values of teamwork, co-operation, passion and commitment, as well as sportsmanship.  It was especially exciting to discover that they took first place in the overall competition.  Very well done to all involved and thank you to the staff at Redborne Sportspartnership and their young leaders for organising such a fantastic event for all of the children.

A Work of Art

As part of our work on France, we have been studying French art. In particular, we have studied the work of George Seurat who became reknowned for his paintings using the pointillism technique.  We have reproduced his painting of the Eiffel Tower, using the pointillism style. Bon travail, n'est-ce pas?!


Our Sporty Year 4s

This half-term looks set to be another active one for Kestrel Class.  After a super 6 weeks of coaching with Luton Football Club, we are now moving indoors and enjoying some Gymnastics coaching with Miss Blackwood.  During our first session, we practised stretching, jumping and landing like a ski-jumper.  See below for some photos from our first gymnastic session. Over the coming weeks we will also be taking part in a Sportshall Athletics festival, a swimming festival at Flitwick Leisure Centre, enjoying a day of gym, along with a dance workshop. We always love hearing about how Kestrel class have been active outside of school too. Good luck to our basketball, netball and football teams in all of the different competitions that they are taking part in this term. 

Greetings from Alameda!

It is hard to believe that it is already an entire term since our current pupils started in year 4.  In turn, Kestrel class 2016/17 have already spent their first term at middle school and we are delighted to hear that they have settled well and are enjoying the new experiences on offer there.  One of our ex-pupils, Sam Bosher, recently sent an email to our current Year 4s to say hello and tell them how much he is enjoying being at Alameda.  We are very grateful to Sam for taking the time to write to us and it was lovely to hear he is enjoying being in Year 5.  Read what Sam had to say here.

It has been lovely welcoming back the children of Kestrel class this week and hearing all of their stories about the Christmas break.  We wish a very Happy New Year to the Year 4s and to all of their families.  We certainly have lots of fun new learning and exciting adventures lined up for 2018. 

This term, we will continue with our topic, Life in Modern Europe.  In Maths, we will be further developing our understanding of fractions and decimals, solving problems using time and measure (mass, length and capacity) and applying our addition, subtraction, multiplication and division, as well as continuing our weekly maths investigations.  We will also  be focussing on developing our reading skills, asking ourselves the question: What makes a good reader?, then developing these skills further ourselves.

Life in Modern Europe

As well as working hard in class, Kestrel class have also been creative during their weekends, producing some super European themed homework, including models of famous landmarks and collages of different European flags.  How many of these can you identify?

Swing Low Sweet Chariot!

We recently enjoyed a special assembly led by former pupil, Oscar Ratcliffe, along with his Dad, rugby coach, Mr Ratcliffe of Ampthill RUFC.  Oscar had put together a super presentation, explaining some of the many reasons that he enjoys playing rugby, including the teamwork, exercise and the bacon butties he gets to enjoy when playing at the club! Whilst visiting, they also presented certificates to those KS2 children who had recently taken part in the local lower schools' rugby festival.  They even awarded us all with a special trophy for our hard work, sporting values ... and for beating The Firs! :-)

A huge thank to Mr Ratclifee and to Mrs Gale for giving up their time and energies to coach us last half-term and an extra-special thank you to Oscar for his excellent presentation.  Why not take a look for yourself below:

We've All Gone Dotty

Along with the rest of the school, the Year 4 children have been thinking of others less  fortunate than themselves, whilst having fun raising money for the fantastic Children in Need charity.  We have been busy guessing the date of Pudsey's birthday, guessing the umber of Smarties in a jar and covering ourselves in spots.  All in all, our fundraising efforts raised a super £385 for this worthwhile cause.

We Are Europeans

Kestrel class have made a super start to the second part of the Autumn term, as we learn more about the continent that we live in through our new topic Life in Modern Europe.  For our super starter, we each shared our half-term research on a different European country, helping classmates to locate it on a map, discussing the fantastic facts that we had discovered, then drawing the flag of that country and writing a greeting in its national language ready for our new display.  We hope that families will pop into see more of our lovely work at next week's Open Afternoon on Wednesday, 22 November. Until then: Au revoir!

Anyone for Cricket?

Congratulations to the KS2 team who took part in today's Table Cricket Festival.  We were delighted to hear how much you enjoyed your morning at Holywell Middle School and were very proud of your super teamwork. Thank you to Redborne Sports Partnership for organising this super event. The children are looking forward to demonstrating this new game to their classmates and to showing off their new wristbands, which they earned for showing the value of Respect. 

Happy Diwali

A day of dancing, rangoli patterns, henna designs and food tasting was how Kestrel class marked the festival of light.  Many thanks to Jo for teaching us all about the story of Rami and Sita and for introducing us to the Bollywood style of dancing in celebration of Diwali, which we performed in a whole school celebration assembly. Shubh Deepawali!

Walking in the Woods

As part of our Science topic, Living Things and Their Habitats, Kestrel class enjoyed a lovely Autumnal walk in Maulden Woods.  Led by Helen and Erika of the Greensands Trust, we considered seasonal changes and how this impacted on living creatures, explored the woodland in an Autumn scavenger hunt, used identification keys to distinguish tree species, tested our knowledge in a true/false runaround quiz and also looked out for evidence of how humans can impact both negatively and positively upon the environment.

For more details of the wonderful work by the Greensands Trust, see

Hurray for Harvest!

A huge well done to all of the children who took part in today's service, for their wonderful singing, super signing and lovely reading. Thank you also to Reverend Lynda Klimas and the community of St Mary's for welcoming us. Finally, thank you to all of the families and friends who attended the service. I'm sure that you were as proud of the children as we were!

Someone's Got Their Eye on You!

Inspired by our wonderful class text, How To Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell, Kestrel class have once again been demonstrating their artistic talents.  Their challenge was to sketch and colour, then also to pain a dragon's eye. Take a look at some of our brilliantly realistic work:

Viking Homework

It has been a busy, but fun first few weeks in Kestrel class, as we have commenced our exciting new Vikings topic, begun our new class text "How To Train Your Dragon", started our Swimming lessons at Flitwick Leisure Centre, enjoyed our Rugby coaching with Mr Ratcliffe & Mrs Gale, and much, much more. We have also been busy and creative at home, choosing homework options from our new Year 4 "Homework Menu". Some super examples of our work will be on display for parents and families to enjoy at our Open Afternoon on Tuesday, 26 September. In the meantime, here are just a few examples:


It was lovely to welcome so many pupils and their families to our Kingswood meeting on Tuesday night. The children are already getting very excited about this big adventure and enjoyed looking at all of the photos from our previous year's trip.  If you have any concerns or would like any further information, please don't hesitate to ask Mrs Dwyer, Mrs Houghton or Mrs Keane.

You might also like to take a look at the Kingswood Website (click here), which tells you all about the Bembridge site on the Isle of Wight, where our trip will take place and, of course, there's also photos of the 3G Swing!

Rugby Coaching c/o Ampthill R.U.F.C.

It may have been a little cold and damp last Friday afternoon, but nevertheless, Kestrel Class had great fun honing their passing and tagging skills on the rugby pitch. We are lucky enough to be coached each week this half-term by Simon Ratcliffe and Juliette Gale of Ampthill R.U.F.C. If you would like to have more fun training and playing rugby with other young people, why not join them at the Rugby Club on a Sunday morning? See for more details.


Thank you to Jamie from British Judo, who came along to Maulden Lower on Monday to give us all a taster session in this fun martial art.  As you will see, he worked the children hard, whilst showing them how to develop their co-ordination, concentration and balance. 

For more details, see our Sports Clubs page.


Our new Year 4 group have this week been busy settling into life as the oldest children in the school!  It's been a busy five days, but we've had fun developing our team-building skills, finding our way around the Year 4 classroom, starting our rugby lessons and commencing our new topic.  Keep an eye out here for more photos and details of our exciting experiences this term!


Here Come The Vikings!

On Wednesday, we commenced our brilliant new topic: Here Come The Vikings.  We took a trip back into the past and learned about life in the 9th and 10th Centuries when the Vikings invaded and settled in Britain.  We imagined that we ourselves were Vikings travelling to from Scandinavia and created a fantastic display depicting us all as those Vicious Vikings. We've even given ourselves Viking names!  What would yours be?!

Goodbye & Good Luck to Kestrel Class of 2016/7

Mrs Keane, Mrs Rowell and everyone at Maulden Lower School would like to send our very best wishes to all those children who are starting Middle School this week. We look forward to seeing you all in the future and to hearing all about your new adventures in Year 5!