Mrs Fenn’s Class

I will be running a times table club for my class after half term on a Thursday. Letters were sent out on Friday. This will be a great opportunity for children to practise their times tables and build on their recall. The club is free and will end at 4pm.

If you would like your child to attend, please complete the permission slip.

Many thanks

Mrs Fenn

NB. Mr Jackson will be running a times table club for his class after Christmas.

Y4 Spelling

To support children with their spelling, we have purchased ‘Spelling Shed’ which is full of spelling games. Children can find their logins in their diaries under ‘Edshed’.

Stages 3 and 4 are aimed at lower KS2; however, if your child requires simpler spellings, please encourage them to play on the earlier stages.

Many thanks


Children in Need Video

Towards the beginning of November, Year 4 will be taking part in a Children in Need singing event. All children will practise the song and dance movements during the weeks leading up to it; however, it is down to parents whether they are filmed for the BBC.  If you would like your child to be filmed, please can you return the permission slip to their class teacher. Permission slips were sent out last week. If you have misplaced this, please let us know or alternatively you can write a comment which gives your consent in their diary.

More information will follow nearer the time.

Many thanks

The Y4 Team

Y4 Multiplication Check- Please Read

Dear Parents/Careers,

In June 2022, all children within Year 4 will take part in a statutory multiplication tables check. Each child will take a short online test to make sure their times tables knowledge is at the expected level. Due to the impact of school closures last year, we understand that children may have gaps in their times table knowledge. In Year 4, we have put an emphasis on times table practice; we are not only covering them as part of our maths lessons, but also in the afternoons. We would greatly appreciate it if you could continue to support your child with their times tables learning at home.

What is the purpose of the multiplication tables check?

The DfE state that the motivation behind the multiplication tables check is to allow teachers a chance to identify children who may need some more help with their times tables. And in doing so, stop them from falling further behind their peers, as they move up to Year 5 (and then Year 6). It is important to note that it is not a judgement on what your child can do, but a way for the school to know how their teaching is going and to adjust their focus if needed.  Schools have a three-week window in the month of June to have their Year 4 children sit the test, but will be free to choose which day within that three-week period they choose to sit it. All state schools in England, including maintained schools, special schools, academies and free schools will be required to enter their children for the Multiplication Tables Check.

What is the Year 4 multiplication tables check?

The multiplication tables check is an online test for pupils in Year 4. Pupils are asked to answer 25 questions on times tables from their 2 times tables to their 12 times tables. They are given six seconds per question, with three seconds rest between each question, so the test should last less than five minutes. Questions about the six, seven, eight, nine, and 12 times tables are likely to come up most often, as these are the hardest for most children to learn. It’s a good idea to focus on these tricky times tables with your child.

What can we do to support children in Year 4?

At Newdale, we work hard to ensure children are learning their multiplication tables regularly and their progress is carefully monitored. As well as working on their multiplication tables at school, it is vital that children are practising at home too, with their parents’ support and guidance. We have invested heavily into Times Table Rockstars and strongly believe that regular practice on this site, will help to improve children’s speed and accuracy, as well as becoming used to answering questions using a device.


What can you do to help your child in practising their times tables?

We recommend a number of strategies to support your child in the run-up to and aftermath of the times tables test including:

  • Times tables chanting: “6, 12, 18, 24…”;
  • Times tables chanting in reverse order: “108, 99, 90, 81…”;
  • Using times tables songs (see website for recordings)
  • Using apps, like the one by  Times Tables Rock Stars or Hit the Button
  • Using free online games, like those on Top Marks
  • Asking your child multiplication calculations out of order, like: “What is 4 x 7? What is 9 x 5? What is 6 x 11?”;
  • Using pasta pieces or pebbles to show groups of numbers representing times tables, e.g. four groups of three pasta shells to show 3 x 4 = 12;

Useful Websites:

Yours sincerely,

Mrs Fenn         Mr Jackson

Y4 Egyptian Day

We have all had a fantastic day today learning about the Ancient Egyptians.

We learnt about…

Where the Ancient Egyptians sit on a timeline

Egyptian games



We also travelled virtually to Egypt using VR headsets and explored the pyramids of Giza as well as other remains.

Please ask your child what they learnt and most enjoyed about today.

Please click on the PDF below to see some photos of our day.

Egyptian Day RF

Y4 Important Information

The adults in Year 4 have really enjoyed meeting our classes today.

Thank you for your patience at the end of the day. As expected, it will take a little bit of time for staff to become familiar with parents/adults collecting children from our classes. To avoid congestion outside the decking area/bottom of the steps, if you are happy for your child to walk and meet you at the gate, please write a message in your child’s reading diary or email us on:

Exciting News:

We are very excited to announce that your child will be taking part in an Egyptian Day this Thursday in school. They don’t need to bring anything in apart from what they would usually do for a school day and children are expected to wear their school uniform.  We will post pictures to share what they have learnt later on in the week.

Many thanks

The Y4 Team

Y4 Homework Information

Homework in Year 4


During the first few days back, your child will choose a new colour banded book to read at home. Your child will be listened to read by an adult in school to assess their current reading level. As well as this, children will still have access to Bug Club, Oxford Owl and Fiction Express, which provides e-books they can read at home. Login details can be found in your child’s reading diary. We encourage both children and adults at home to record in diaries at least 3 times a week.

Times Tables

In Year 4, children are required to regularly practise their times tables. Each child will be given a times table book which they can use at home as well as their login for Times Table Rockstars, which is a fantastic online resource to increase confidence, engagement, speed and progress with your child’s times table knowledge. Children will be tested on their times tables every Wednesday.

In the summer term, all Year 4 children will be tested on their multiplication knowledge using an online check produced by the DFE. More information will be sent out about this nearer the time. It is not a test for children to worry about. The check is intended to assess where each child is at with their times tables in preparation for Year 5. As a school, we prepare children for this check as well as ensuring that they are equipped with the times table knowledge to support them within their maths lessons.


Your child will receive a new set of spellings each week. To support the teaching and learning of these spellings in class, please encourage your child to practise these each day. You will find the spelling sheet in your child’s reading diary. Your child will be tested on their spellings every Friday.

We will share these expectations with the children on their first day back.

Many thanks

The Year 4 Team