Category Archives: Maths

Maths Workshop

This morning we had a wonderful time showing our adults our learning.

The workshop included sharing information about how we learn Maths at Bells Farm, importance of mental arithmetic, the Multiplication Times Table Check and how we can review our learning at home.

For those of you who couldn’t attend below are links to the resources.

  1. Information about the Multiplication Times Table Check
  2. Link to White Rose Home Learning Resources.
  3. Click here to access the Maths Shed MTC simulator
  4. Click here to access computing links –> Year 4 digital tools.
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Multiplications – 3x 6x 9x

This week in Maths we have been learning our 3, 6 and 9 times tables. Multiplication facts are really useful for helping us prepare for our understanding of doubling, halving, fractions and decimals.

Mr Lo was very impressed with everyone’s concentration.

How many do you already know?!

At the beginning of the week, Mr Lo showed how pupils in China use their knowledge of multiplications being commutative (e.g 6×3 is the same as 3 x 6) to cut down the number of times tables to recall. (And Rocking Robins are already experts on understanding commutative multiplications ,Inverse operations! ( 3×9 = 27 so I know 27 ÷9 = 3) and fact families (3×9 = 27, 9 x 3 = 27 27÷9=3 27÷3 =9)

The idea is you keep track of the times tables you can recall within 6 seconds by colouring it in. Only colour in the times table if you can recall it within 6 seconds every time!

We also looked at how the 6x table can be worked out by doubling the 3x table

or by using the 5x table + the 1x table!

For example how can we work out 6×6?

Well we can say 3×6 = 18. so 6×6 = 18 + 18 = 36

Or we might say 5×6 = 30 so 6X6 =30+ 6 = 36!

Don’t forget to log onto TT-Rockstars to keep on improving your multiplication fluency! (Play the Single Modes Garage, Gig and Studio to level up)

Parents: Click here to read more about the Multiplication Times Table check your child will take in Year 4

What is Area?

Robins are learning about Area this week. They have been discussing how area is the space inside a 2d shape and have explored area using post it notes.

Later this week we will be looking at strategies to calculate the area of rectilinear figures.

Don’t forget to go on Maths Shed to review your learning.

Geometry – Shapes and Angles

Year 4 have now begun their topic of Shapes and Angles.

Watch the video below to review the learning on angles and turns.

Sum4.8.1 – Turns and angles from White Rose Maths on Vimeo.

At home you could play a game. Give an adult instruction to make a quarter turn, half turn and three quarter turn. Are they moving in the right direction?




Look at Andrew, Sammy, Firas and Daisy C exploring shapes and patterns.