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We are currently working on time. Could you please help your child with:

  • Telling the time on an "ordinary" analogue clock - including "to" the hour eg ten to four/ seven minutes to 3;
  • 12 hour digital am and pm time eg 03:30 am (in bed), 03:30 pm (home time at school);
  • 24 hour digital time eg 03:30 (in bed) and 15:30 (home time)
  • Finally, time problems.


Welcome to Year 4 Maple Class.


Welcome to Year 4 Maple class. Our class is taught by Mrs Wood (Monday am, Weds am, Thursdays and Fridays) and Mr Evans (Monday pm, Tuesdays). Mrs Madden is our teaching assistant. Mr Crook teaches music on Weds afternoons. We are covering some great topics and themes this year. Our theme for the second  half of the spring term and first half of the summer term is "RAIDERS!" focussing on the Saxons and Vikings. We will learn about the Saxons and Vikings in History and, in Literacy, we'll also be reading a Saxon story, a news report about the Vikings, a Viking narrative poem which tells a story and Viking "kenning" poetry. We'll produce collage Saxon brooches and sword hilts, and draw Vikings in Art. Later on in the first part of the summer term, we're having a Viking day with a special "Viking" visitor. Very exciting!






Some information about weekly routines:

  • PE is Mondays and Tuesdays - but please have PE kit every day. Most children bring it on Mondays, leave it in the cloakroom all week, and take it home on Fridays to be washed. Please make sure that all PE kit (including pumps) have children's names on.
  • Brass instrument music lessons will be starting on Wednesdays, taught by Mr Crook. Please make sure your child looks after their instrument (they're very expensive!), practices, and brings their instrument each Wednesday.
  • Spelling test - Fridays. Children will take home a spelling sheet to learn. They also have a copy in school. There's no need to send the spelling sheet back to school - the spelling test and subsequent writing will show that your child has learned their spellings. Our weekly spellings are listed below in the "Literacy" section.
  • READING - is absolutely crucial. It's the key to every other subject as well. Children need to read to an adult every day- even if they are already good at reading the words! An important part of learning to read is to understand. Please talk to your child about what they are reading. There are some example questions at the front of your child's READING DIARY to help guide you.
  • Maths skills - such as times tables - are tested weekly on Fridays. See our "Maths" section for details and examples.



Today (10/04/18) we had a special visit from a lady called Amelia who works for the Education Group Dance Company. She talked to all the children in school about the different countries which are taking part in the Commonwealth Games which are happening at the moment in Australia. Our two year 4 classes learned a traditional Australian dance which they later performed in a special 'closing ceremony' held at the end of our special day.

term 2 parents' letter



To help your child in Literacy, the main thing to do is encourage them to read for pleasure. Children who love reading are usually excellent writers too.


Spellings are sent home every week. Please help your child to learn them for the test on Fridays.



User name: child's name@bb90py

password: Maple


This week's spellings (for the week commencing May 21st) are:

straight, strength, separate, ordinary, surprise, important, pressure, increase, opposite, peculiar, guard, extreme



















Maths and Mental Maths


In school, we have a calculation policy- which may be very different to how you were taught Maths at school! Please consult the policies for addition, subtraction, multiplication and division when you help you child with their Maths. This will prevent your child getting confused by conflicting methods. The calculation policies can be found under the "Curriculum" section.


Every week, we assess the children's mental Maths skills and, as soon as a child has grasped one particular skill, we move them on to a new one. Keep checking here for a range  of resources to help you with their mental Maths skills.



OR 365+ ?=1000/ 0.2+?=1/ 3.6+?=10





Another useful site is: TOPMARKS

multiplication square

Example Questions for Weekly Mental Maths

We will be looking at these mental Maths skills over the course of the year:


Times Tables

When learning times tables, children need to know how to answer these kinds of questions as well as "straightforward" questions like 4x6=?

How many sixes are there in 36? What is the product of 5 and 6? (5x6=?) ? x 6 = 24    30 divided by ? =6


Number Bonds

When learning number bonds eg to 100, these are the kinds of questions children need to be able to answer:

100 - 64= ?      35+?=100     100 - ?= 59


Facts linked to Times Tables

These are examples of questions for facts associated with times tables.

I know my 9x table, so I also know that eg

4x9=36    36 divided by 9 = 4      36 divided by 4=9    9x4=36

4x90 = 360         3600 divided by 90 = 40      0.4x9= 3.6


Multiplying / Dividing by 10/100/1000 - including decimals

When multiplying and dividing by 10, 100 or 1000, children need to remember to move the digits and add or remove zeros eg:

24 x100


Th H T U

        2 4  becomes...

2   4 0 0


24 divided by 10

Th H T U . tenths  

        2 4  becomes..

           2. 4



On Tuesday 5th December, Maple class and Oak class went on a field trip to look at our local canal, the Leeds and Liverpool Canal. We learned why the canals were originally built and what they were used for. We talked about the what the mills produced and how these products were transported up and down the canal by using the tow path.

On Tuesday 24th April half of Maple Class went to Forest School. The children explored the pond area and made portable picture frames using sticks they collected from the woodland floor. All the children found tying knots challenging!! Keep practising.  

More forest school activities this week for Maple class.

The weather was much kinder too us today!