RIDGEWAY Primary School

Year 4 - The Baby Blues 


Mr Townsend - btownsend@ridgeway.derbyshire.sch.uk &
Mrs Naylor - cnaylor3@ridgeway.derbyshire.sch.uk

We are the Baby Blues:

We work together and succeed forever!

Welcome to Year 4     

Class information:

Mr Townsend & Mrs Naylor are our teachers. 

Mr Townsend teaches us Monday - Wednesday and alternate Thursdays (Mr Townsend will be teaching on Thursday during the first week back).

Mrs Naylor teaches us Fridays and alternate Thursdays


Our class teaching assistant is: Miss Cupit



Tuesdays & Wednesdays this half term.  Please ensure your child has a PE kit in school which which fits the school policy and is suitable for cold/damp weather.


Homework: is set each Friday and due in by the following Friday.  Homework will begin on Friday 16th September 

Homework tasks will be set online and log-ins for the different websites will be sent out in advance so children can access them.

Each week homework will include the following:

Reading: 1 x read and record on Seesaw / reading task/activity (15mins x 3 times per week). 

Spellings: Task set on Seesaw plus EdShed activity

Maths: TT RockStars and/or task set on Seesaw including Weekly Skills maths questions 


The Year 4 multiplication tables check


One of the priorities in Year 4 is gaining a firm grasp of all the multiplication times tables.  In June your child will need to take a short online test to make sure their times tables knowledge is at the expected level..

We’ve gathered together everything you might want to know about the times tables check, including what it involves, when it will take place, and how you can help your child prepare.  You will also find top tips, books, videos, activities, and games to help make your child’s times tables practice fun by clicking on the web links below.

https://thirdspacelearning.com/blog/times-tables-test-parents-guide/  Information about the Year 4 Multiplication Tables Check


3 website links to help practice for the test.

https://talkingtimestables.uk/y4_ks2_mtc_practice_tests_multiplication_tables_check.php  Practice Test


https://www.timestables.co.uk/multiplication-tables-check/  Practice Test


https://mathsframe.co.uk/en/resources/resource/477/Multiplication-Tables-Check  Practice Test


 Times Tables Songs, Games & Resources 

Times Tables Raps  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_UVcNBjoxs4   


Reggae Times Tables  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7uK5HaHqXFc


Multiplication Games  https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/7-11-years/times-tables

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Our current topic is...

Our first topic of the year is entitled 'The Groovy Greeks' and is all about discovering what life was like in Ancient Greece.  In English we will be reading and writing Greek myths, comparing life for a child in Ancient Greece to life today and we'll be exploring and reporting on the Ancient Greek Olympics.  Maths will involve improving our place value and number skills e.g rounding to 10 and 100, ordering numbers and methods of adding & subtracting.  During History lessons we'll look at significant people, places and events from Ancient Greece, contrast daily life in Ancient Greece with modern day lifestyles and become familiar with historical sources, debates and accurate vocabulary relating to Ancient Greece.  Art sessions will see us drawing and painting our own Greek vases followed by a cyclopes eye - blimey!!!!  Computing will involve using the internet safely and securely.  We'll learn about who owns content on the web and what we can access, add, and create.  Finally, we'll evaluate online content to decide how honest, accurate, or reliable it is, and understand the consequences of false information.  P.E will be focused on invasion games including High 5 Netball.  


Useful websites to help learning at home

Please click on the links below to access useful websites for home learning:

Maths – https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/7-11-years/times-tables

English – https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/zv48q6f

Topic – Ancient Greece https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/z87tn39  Ancient Greeks: The Argo Odyssey https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/z7nrydm/articles/z2ngf82

Clothing and Fashion in Ancient Greece https://www.jomashop.com/blog/guides/clothing-and-fashion-in-ancient-greece/ 

 Meet Thaddeus - Our visitor from Ancient Greece   


We’ve had a visitor come to see us in Y4 this week - his name was Thaddeus and he came all the way from Ancient Greece – WOW!

Thaddeus gave us all a taste of Ancient Greece as he brought to life the great myths and legends of one of the world’s oldest civilisations.  He taught us all about Ancient Greek life and we discovered that there are many things in our lives today that are similar to life in Ancient Greece including clothing and some subjects taught at school.

We enjoyed creating our own statues of the Greek Gods and Goddesses.

Discovered what life was like in Athens and Sparta.

We even held our own debating forum and voted on who we thought had made the best case in the debate. Then the votes were counted to reveal who had won!

Thaddeus ended his visit by retelling us the Ancient Greek myth of Daedalus and Icarus.  We all had a great afternoon and learnt so much.

Thank you Thaddeus for visiting us and good luck with your journey back to Ancient Greece!