Maths in Year 4!

We’re learning fractions and times tables in Maths in Year 4. Some of us are trying to learn up to the 14 times tables!

Maths is sometimes very hard because there are always other ways to work it out! You sometimes get very frustrated but once you’ve worked it out you feel overjoyed and relieved. Maths is very fun at times.

[Written by Brandon D – Digital Leader]


Maths Times Tables…

In MP4, we have been doing a cool maths trick. Do you know your Times tables? Well, you can use this handy (and very slow.) trick.

Take a pencil and draw a circle. Now put the numbers 0 to 9 around the circle equally. Do this nine times. Next, do all the times tables up to the 9x. then underline the last digit of all the answers. Now take one of the circles and the 1x. Draw a line from the first under lined number to the second underlined number. Hint: the ones should make a circle. Repeat this until you have done the 9 times tables. What do you notice?

[Written by Callum R ~ Digital Leader]

Penguins Invade T3!

As part of our continuing work on 3D shapes, children in T3 built paper penguins, each one a different 3D shape. The children had to use their skills in cutting, sticking and assembling nets of 3D shapes, to build themselves a set of penguins!

As you can see from the pictures, there was a real MIXTURE of different successes, including a few failures along the way!

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“It was really hard, my pyramid might be bad but I improved it!” (Connor B)

“It was really hard to start with but then it got easier and easier!” (Dorothy B)

“It was really cool making models of the different kinds of 3D shapes.” (Luke R)

“I really loved the penguins and it was so much fun making them.” (Emily P-T)

[Written by Mr Thorns]

Making 3D shapes with Polydron!

As part of our Maths work on 3D shape, children have been using Polydron to make their own creations, carefully choosing 2D pieces, to build them into a 3D construction!

Children were challenged to make pyramids (with different bases), prisms with different ends on them and traditional cubes and cuboids from the polydron pieces.

As you can see from the pictures, this was a very challenging but very enjoyable lesson, with children working both together and individually to create their 3D creations!

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“It was good fun even though it was very hard at first. The reason it was hard was because I even cut my finger!” (Lillie H) ~ [Luckily, Lillie did not require medical help]

“This was hard but fun!” (Gracie M)

“It was hard at first, but then it got easier!” (Kendra)

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“It was really good and a bit hard. Then we got the hang of it!” (Harry M)

“It was tricky but funny.” (Cleo A)

[Written by Mr Thorns]

What’s the time Year 3?

This week, Year 3 are learning to tell the time and by the summer term we are aiming to be experts at:

– Telling and writing the time from a numerical clock with hands.

– Reading time with increasing accuracy to the nearest minute.

– Use vocabulary such as o’clock, am/pm, morning, afternoon, noon and midnight

– Record and compare time in terms of seconds, minutes and hours.

– Reading 12-hour and 24-hour clocks.

Please continue practicing telling the time at home, as it can be a really difficult concept for the children to understand.


For example:  What time do you wake up in the morning?  When do you leave for school?  How long does it take to get there?  What time is dinner time?  How long till bed?  How long is your favourite television programme?  If it starts at 4:00pm when does it finish?


A watch with hands and numbers could be a useful Christmas present!  It would certainly make time a more relevant concept.

Maths Treasure Hunt in Year 4!

In Year 4, a treasure hunt has taken place!

Since year 4 started learning column addition, we have taken part in lots of fun activities. This morning we have all taken part in an entertaining and memorable treasure hunt.

First, we worked out maths sums from a sheet we were given.

Then we searched in certain places around the school for sheets with a number answer and a letter which we wrote down next to our answers. Who knows who will find the treasure first!

[Written By Josie S ~ Digital Leader]

Maths 3D Shape Making!

As part of our work in Maths on shape, children in T3 made cut out and stick 3D shapes, using their skills to create cylinders, cubes, cuboids and triangular prisms, just like real objects from the world around us.

As you can see from the pictures, this was not as easy as we thought it would be!

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Perhaps you might be able to spot some 3D shapes at home yourself! Leave a comment below about what you find and what shape it is!

[Written by Mr Thorns]

Maths Week Assembly!

This week, Anne Dale has been involved in a Maths Week, with the past days filled with interesting and exciting Maths activities across the curriculum. Almost all lessons were themed around adventure parks, including Islands of Adventure, Paulton’s Park and Chessington!

Year 3 were involved with Maths work in partnership with the Infant school, working on problem solving as a team. Other children designed theme park flags (using symmetry), designed their own theme parks (using skills in perimeter) and entered the SumDog challenges.

Year 4 were translating shapes to different locations, using arrays for seating designs in roller coasters, learning how to use negative co-ordinates and working using money for entrance prices at park gates!

Year 5 worked on using area and perimeter with their theme park maps, using keys on maps as well as linking this to work with money on spending a construction budget. Children drew and annotated their park maps, with one group spending over £462,000 of their budget!

Year 6 worked with problem solving activities using trial and error, based on a coconut shy and the infamous Hook-a-duck game! Children in Year 6 also visited Crofton Secondary school, working with the staff and pupils there. These children also received a talk from students from Portsmouth University about how they use Maths!

To explore more from Anne Dale’s Maths week, have a look at the other Blog posts here.

For an extra chance to compete on the SumDog games, visit the site here: @

[Written by Mr Thorns]

Anne Dale visited by a Maths Magician!

As part of Anne Dale’s Maths Week, the school received a visit from a Maths Magician. The show included work on telling the time, fractions, card tricks with odd/even numbers! There were tricks involving money, dice and even magically guessing the first letter on a random page from a teacher’s favourite book!

Children were stunned and open mouthed as the Maths Magician used Maths, mental strategies and slight-of-hand to work with Maths, calculations and the estimates with children across the school.

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Leave a comment below, to tell us what you think!

[Written by Mr Thorns]

Year 3 meet Year 2 for Maths!

As part of Anne Dale’s Maths week, Year 3 children visited (and hosted) Year 2 children for a joint Maths lesson. They worked together to answer a question about visiting a theme park with a group of friends and riding the different attractions in pairs.

Team Scream!

Here’s what some of the children thought of the session:

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[Written by Mr Thorns]