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Year 4 - Maples

NEW TO YEAR GROUP PARENTS' MEETING WAS IN MAPLE CLASS AT 3.30 PM ON TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 26th. If you couldn't make it,  the information is attached here (see powerpoint).

term 1 parents' letter

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 first half of the autumn term is THE SAVAGE STONE AGE.



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.





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.


This week's spellings (for the week commencing October 9th) are:


appear, disappear, different, difficult.

The children are also learning some personal spellings from errors in their own work.


 The spellings will be tested on Friday.

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.

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