Year 4

Welcome back to the new academic year and to Year 4.

Mrs Miller was lucky enough to work with and therefore get to know your children at the end of last term when we put on the fabulous ‘Dragon Days’ production and she is confident that this ‘getting to know each other’ time will allow us to get the best out of each other from the very beginning! We also welcome Mr White back to Steeple Bumpstead and we have the pleasure of his teaching skills in Year 4 – we are certainly the lucky ones!

We are firm believers in the positive effects of regular home and school communication. Please feel free to speak to us at the end of the day should you have any concerns and I will do likewise sharing any successes your children have throughout the term with you.

Below are some useful website links to support class work. Should you experience or discover any problems with any web links, please let Mr White know ... OR if you have any suggestions for other great online web resources to share then please let Mr White know about that too!

Thank you!


Claire Miller & Stuart White

Links to VERY useful things! FANTASTIC, fun website which each of our children have their own login for. Play against others, earn items for your SUMDOG house, compete in regional and national competitions; a whole variety of really fun games covering all areas of maths. SUMDOG adapts its questions to your child’s ability. If your child has forgotten / misplaced their SUMDOG login, please speak to me. A ROCKIN’ way to practice your times tables and division facts. To make things easier, each child’s login for this site is exactly the same as their SUMDOG login. Children have their own avatar (complete with rock-name!), earn coins to get items for their character, and can practice their times tables in four main games:

  • Garage (for children to compete against themselves; teachers may from time-to-time set the times tables they wish them to practice on here, otherwise ttrockstars begins to adapt its questions to present those being found more tricky, more frequently)
  • Studio (all times tables and measures children’s overall speed of recall; this is where they can improve their ‘rock-status’!)
  • Arena (children can play against their bandmates –classmates- however this could prove more difficult logistically when playing at home as they would need to join the same game as their buddy, at the same time -easier when sat next to each other! Again, times tables to focus on can be limited by the teacher, here)
  • Festival (children can play against other players from around the world, practicing all times table facts)

Children can see their stats in the form of leader boards and heat-maps, flagging up the times table facts they are finding more tricky to remember in red, and those that they are confident with in green. The site will also work on an iPad! an old favourite – hit the question or hit the answer MATHS DICTIONARY - very child friendly site with explanations of loads of mathematical terms and vocabulary


And here's a few really useful web links for all things Year 4!