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Class 3 – Year 3 / 4

Teacher: Miss Toft

Welcome to Sycamore Class. This is the home of our year 3 and 4 children.

Autumn Term Topic: The Roman Empire

Please see our Topic Web below for more information.


What is the Year 4 Multiplication Tables Check?
The Multiplication Tables Check (MTC) is a key stage 2 assessment to be taken by pupils at the end of year 4 (in June). The purpose of the MTC is to make sure the times tables knowledge is at the expected level.
What to expect:
The MTC is an online test where the pupils are asked 25 questions on times tables 2 to 12. For every question you have 6 seconds to answer and in between the questions there is a 3 second rest. Questions about the 6, 7, 8, 9, and 12 times table come up more often. The questions are generated randomly based on the rules of the MTC.
How to prepare:
A good way to prepare is to start early and build a daily routine practising the times tables. With regular practice children will learn all the questions and gain confidence. We suggest practising 10 to 15 minutes a day for optimal results. Use the web links below.

Times Table Resources:
Times Table Rockstars – (soundcheck, at least 4 times a day)
Multiplication Tables Check – 2022 –
Times tables Speed Test X –
Times tables games – Learn them all here!
Times Tables Games for 7 to 11 year olds (
Test your Multiplication – Times Tables From 2 to 15 (
Multiplication Tables Check – Mathsframe

Important Notices:

Please read with your child 4x a week and record this in their diaries. Reading at home makes an enormous difference to their comprehension and writing work in school. Children receive house points when they read 4 times or more a week at home.
Please practice your timetables on TT Rockstars for 30 minutes a week.

Weekly homework will be:

  • One writing task given on Friday to be handed in on Wednesday
  • a maths question a day from Monday to Thursday
  • a weekly spelling test on Tuesday.
  • 30 minutes a week on TT Rockstars
  • Reading 4x a week.

PE will be on a Monday and a Wednesday. Swimming is every Tuesday.

Useful website links:
RECOMMENDED READING LISTS FOR YEAR 3 & YEAR 4 (this is an excellent resource)
Online Reading Games
TT Rockstars
Online Spelling Games
Topmarks – Maths

Raising the profile of reading:
We want the children at Calveley to develop a genuine love of reading so we are raising the profile of reading across the school. The library area has never looked so inviting and exciting, the new variety of books on offer will stimulate the imaginations of all the children and we will deliver a reading-rich curriculum for all of our pupils. You may wish to continue the learning at home by borrowing books from the local library or purchase books from the recommended reading lists. The recommended books have been specially selected for your child's age range and for their literature, text features and design.

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