Year 1 and Year 4 Collaborative Computing

A big thank you to Year 4 for helping Year 1 in computing over the last couple of days. Year 4 have introduced Year 1 to ‘Times Tables Rockstars’ and Ozobots. We hope they share their learning about this with people at home. The Year 1 children have loved working with their older peers and learning how to use pens to give the Ozobots an algorithm to follow. Year 4 were patient and supportive with the younger children, helping them to gain confidence with this new hardware and software. We hope to continue this partnership in the Spring term with more collaborative learning opportunities.

Automatic Training Mode on TTRS

With Automatic Training Mode (ATM) enabled, children will go through our pre-programmed levels when they play in the Garage or Arena. As well as saving you time, ATM will shorten the time it takes for your learner to become a Rock Star!


Over the years, we have accumulated billions of times tables answers from children around the world. From that data, we’ve formed a sophisticated understanding of how pupils internalise each multiplication and division fact and how they begin to understand the underlying concepts. We then deconstructed all the tables up to, and including, the 12s and reassembled them several times, until we created a highly effective sequence to learning the answers.

How does it work?

Learners play in the Garage or the Arena and begin with our first set of questions (1×10 up to 4×10). When they can answer at a rate of 20 per minute, we’ll introduce the next set of questions. As learners progress, ATM brings in commutativity, missing number questions and division facts. So the first 9 levels, look like this:

Level 1 : 1×10 to 4×10
Level 2 : 10×1 to 10×4
Level 3 : A mix of 1 and 2

Level 4 : 10×?=10 to 10×?=40
Level 5 : ?×10=10 to ?×10=40
Level 6 : A mix of 4 and 5

Level 7 : 10÷10 to 40÷10
Level 8 : 10÷1 to 40÷4
Level 9 : A mix of 7 and 8

Then the process repeats for 5×10 to 8×10 and once more for 9×10 to 12×10 before moving onto the next table and starting the process again.

Once they have a few tables under their belt, ATM combines them for a while, to consolidate recall, and then brings in a fresh table. The process repeats – all the while giving plenty of opportunity to revisit prior learning, by interleaving earlier tables and giving due weight to the facts we know learners struggle with the most – until your learner has become a Rock Star at all the tables!

Frequently Asked Questions

Where do learners start?

They start by playing a game called ‘Gig’. Gig games diagnose each learner’s abilities on the tables and then determines which table they need to practise first.

How do you move on a level?

By getting an average speed of 3 seconds or less per question, by answering at least 20 questions correctly a minute (i.e. 20 correct answers in a 1 minute game, 40 in 2 minutes, or 60 in 3 minute games).

If you have any other questions please ask a member of staff.

Year 4 debate

This week year 4 have had the big debate! Is plastic fantastic?

We have been incredibly impressed by some of the mature and thought out points raised.

We have decided that society can’t live without plastic as we did not want to give up our televisions and computers but we are all going to try extra hard to cut down on the single-use plastics that we use and ensure we try and recycle as much as possible.

Year 4 wellies

Can all children bring wellies or old shoes/ trainers to school in a plastic bag on Monday 21st October. We will be visiting our school pond to conduct a science investigation.

Thank you

Year 4 team.

Year 4 homework 18.10.19


Children are to practice and complete the spelling sheet in their homework books then take the spelling quiz on Purple Mash. Spellings will be assessed on the Monday of each week during our dictation session.


Children are to read at least 4 times per week and record this in their reading record books. It is great to see that most children are moving up the reading challenge board. Keep it up 🙂

Times table Rock Stars

Battle stations!

Blur have challenged Oasis to a rematch.

The battle will commence at 15:30 today and end at 09:10 on Monday.

Children are to complete at least 10 sessions on TTRS.

Good luck.

Family assembly

Children are to practice their lines and the songs for our family assembly on Wednesday.

Thank you for all of your support.

Year 4 team.

Year 4 story writing competition

Year 4 Story Writing Competition

Please could I remind you all of the Year 4 story writing competition that we are currently holding for the children. It has been lovely to hear how excited they are to come up with their own creations!

They can write any story of their choosing and we would love it to be as creative as possible. It must be at least 1 and 1/2  sides of A4 and ideally following the story mountain technique.

The closing date is Wednesday the 23rd of October.

We look forward to reading them all!