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How to Help with Table Facts

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Jan 082014

Children often seem to struggle with learning their tables, but unfortunately times tables are to maths as spelling is to English. Their work will not improve unless this element is secure.


Children often complain that there are just too many numbers to remember, but if you look at a multiplication grid up to 10 x 10 half the numbers are actually repeated, for 3 x 4 = 12 is the same as 4 x 3 = 12, similarly 6 x 7 is the same as 7 x 6 i.e. 42 etc. This means that they only need to learn about half the facts on the grid, excluding the square numbers.

Children should already know their 1x, 2x, 5x, and 10x tables, and if this is the case they only have 21 table facts to learn. If they already know their 3x and 4x tables and can do the 9x table on their fingers, then the number of table facts which they need to learn are lessened, down to six!

I have therefore prepared a set of table triangles, which can be downloaded, cut out and stuck on card, for the children to practise these 21 facts. You should cover up the answer to the table sum (in bold) and show the children the remaining numbers,  which they multiply together. If they get the answer right they keep the card, but if they get it wrong, keep the triangle to practise that fact later.

If they can do all these then you can always cover up one of the other numbers, leaving the bold answer and a number, and the children can then use these to practice their division facts.

Number Triangles

Happy New Year

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Jan 062014

Happy New Year from Mr Marshall and Mrs Bellamy


We hope that you have all had a fantastic holiday and are looking forward to the work being undertaken this term. We have many different activities and days planned which will end with our residential the last week of spring term.  During this term we will be studying ‘Keen to be Green’ as our topic which we will be looking at the environment and how humans effect the planet. In English we will be starting off with poetry ‘finding a voice’ where we will be looking at how poet’s get their messages across to the reader. During this term the children will be learning how to play the guitar on Friday mornings which Mrs Bellamy is especially looking forward to learning.  If you have any questions please do not hesitate to get in contact with myself before 8:40 am or after school.

Many Thanks

Mr Marshall

Homework 27th November 2013

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Nov 272013

For class 4’s literacy homework this week we see the return of the riddles.

SPag homework for Mr Marshall and Mrs George’s group we have asked you to put a stop to splicing.

Put an end to splicing

Mathsmade easy is online where the children are asked to look at x 100 and working out 1/10 of a number. Don’t forget to work out one tenth we divide the number by 10.


Handball event at Candleby Lane

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Nov 202013

Tonight some children from class 4 have had the opportunity to take part in a handball event against Candleby Lane. The team was split into two and played 1 minute halves. The children really enjoyed themselves and really showed superb skills that they had learnt from their excellent coach Paul. The children won the majority of games, which was fantastic, as this is the first time they have played against another school. We could have a potential Handball star in the making.  

Team Talk Team Talk 2 Saving another goal Vs Going for the goal Vs The two girls Run Run Run Handball Nice save

Homework-20th November 2013

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Nov 202013


In literacy class 4 have been looking at The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling as part of our historical unit. The children have read the first part of the book where Mother Wolf and Father Wolf are introduced to a man cub. I would like the children to draw and label what the man cub would look like and what the Father Wolf or Mother Wolf look like.

Character Jungle Book

Also maths made easy is online where the children are asked to look at grid multiplication which has been covered in class this week.



Class 4 enjoying the new table-tennis equipment

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Nov 182013

During today class 4 had the opportunity to use the new table-tennis equipment that has been purchased with a grant from the government.  I think they have had a wonderful time. 🙂

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Southwell Workhouse Visit

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Oct 292013

On Tuesday 29th October 2013 Class 4 went on an exciting trip to Southwell Workhouse. They spent the morning in Victorian clothing looking around the workhouse and became children who actually lived in the workhouse from 1841. They spent the afternoon creating positive and negative arguments on the education, health, diet and segregation. Mrs Bellamy and I think they had a really informative time. Many thanks to Mrs Prosser and Mr Blackwood for accompanying the children.

How to sit up straight. In the Cellar Boys in costume Four to a bed Writing in sand

Meeting Matron Southwell Workhouse