Maldives – Year 4

Mr J Russell

Mrs S Simpson

Mrs Johansson
Mrs A Sturdee


Hello and welcome to Maldives class 2020-2021!

I am Mr Russell, the class teacher in Maldives class. Mrs Johansson, Mrs Simpson and Mrs Sturdee, will also be working with us and we are all looking forward to having a memorable year with you. We have lots of exciting things planned throughout the terms so please check follow our Year 4 Facebook page for updates and photographs on all the things we are doing. Please contact the office for instructions on how to do this.



Children will be set a “Homework Bingo” grid every half term which covers a range of subjects. We would like the children to complete as many of the challenges as they can before bringing their hard work back in to showcase it to the rest of the class. This is the perfect opportunity to be awarded  Dojo points!


A reading record will also be given to your child which needs to be filled in whenever they have read to you at home, independently or during school. It is encouraged that the children read their school book as often as they can but they may also want to read other reading material they have e.g. magazines, newspapers or comics etc. Taking Accelerated Reader books home to read is also important so children can take quizzes in order to provide both themselves and myself with useful information about their reading and comprehension ability.


In mathematics, children must start to gain a fluency in their multiplication tables up to the 12 times table. Constant practice and revision of these tables is very important so that children are able to see the link with division and become competent in solving mathematical problems.


This year will be the first year that Year 4 children are tested on their times tables. Children will be required to answer any multiplication or division question up to 12×12 in under 6 seconds. It is therefore vitally important that children are working on their tables as often as possible using apps such as TT Rock stars to help them.



Our class PE timeslot will be Wednesday afternoons and the children will therefore need to come into school in their kit on this day.


Children need the following for their P.E lessons:


Indoor kit


Named plimsolls/trainers


Named white t-shirt


Named black shorts



Outdoor kit


Named black jumper (preferably with Ardley Hill logo)


Named black tracksuit bottoms


Named trainers (preferably old as they will become muddy)



Additional Learning

We will be doing a lot of creative and sometimes messy learning so it may be useful to have an old named t-shirt/shirt that can be worn over a uniform to save any accidents! Each child will need a named water bottle that will be kept in the classroom and refilled daily. Children will also need a healthy snack brought in a sandwich bag or named container to have during morning break.


We hope your time in year 4 is exciting, memorable and enjoyable! Myself, Mrs Johansson, Mrs Simpson and Mrs Sturdee look forward to our year ahead with you.