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Hello lovely Poplar class! 

It was great to meet you all the other day at our Poplar transition meet and greet! I hope you are now feeling happy, settled, comfortable and most importantly excited for September! 

We can’t wait to welcome you all back! Here are a few pictures of your new classroom. 

We hope you all enjoy your Summer holidays and have a well deserved rest! 

See you in September! 

Miss Shepherd, Mrs Fraser & Mrs King x

Our enchanted forest reading corner! Featuring our Poplar tree with all of your excellent leaves from our transition meet and greet! 
This is our ‘Reading Beanstalk’! When you finish reading a book we add it to the class pile to try and teach the top of the beanstalk to the castle! 
This is our well being tent! When you want some down time or to read quietly this is the place to go! 

CLICK the link below to visit our Video Resource Centre.

Here you will videos from your teachers and also for your home learning. 

Welcome to Poplar Class

Home Learning Information



Welcome to Poplar's class page. We are taught by Miss Shepherd and supported by our teaching assistants Mrs Fraser and Mrs King.


Here you can find information about upcoming events, weekly homework and important notices.


If you have any questions or queries, as always you can find me in the playground at the end of the day and I will be more than happy to help or alternatively e-mail via the office.


Please ensure that your child has their "Super Six" in school: pencil, rubber, ruler, glue stick, pencil sharpener and writing pen (if they have a pen licence). Thank you.



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Reading homework should be recorded in the children's reading record books (parent and children comments welcome). The children are expected to read at home at least 5 times a week. This can be a book from home or their school reading book. Reading records are collected in on a Thursday. House points for completion of the reading tasks and a Star Reader of the week is awarded. 


The children are also encouraged to use reading den ( where they can review any books read that are then added to their own personal bookshelf!

All children have a copy of their username and password.




Maths homework: this may be a mathletics task or a piece of written work which will be sent home in a blue folder. 

Please note: Miss. Shepherd's maths homework is set Friday to be back no later than the following Thursday.



This term Poplar class will have PE on Wednesday and Thursday afternoon (weather permitting), although please ensure labelled kit is in school at all times.  



Spellings will be set every Friday for a test the following Friday.

Maths homework will be set every Friday to be handed in the following Thursday.


Spelling Homework – Test on...


Please refer to Home Learning section. 


Times Tables

In Phase 1, all children will be learning their times tables. It is a national requirement that all children know their times tables by the end of Year 4. Year 4s will now have a national test in June where they will be tested on their times table knowledge.

The children will be working their way through each times table in order to reach ‘Reasoning Rainbow’ where they will be able to apply their times table knowledge to word problems. The times table tests are ordered as follows:

  • Bronze: 2s, 5s, 10s, Mixed
  • Silver: 3s, 6s, Mixed
  • Gold: 4s, 8s, Mixed
  • Platinum: 7s, 9s, Mixed
  • Diamond: 11s, 12s, Mixed
  • Elite: All Mixed
  • Reasoning Rainbow

Each week the children will have a 2 minute timed test on the times table they are on, they must answer all questions correctly in order to move up to the next times table the following week. The tests include both multiplication and division to ensure they full consolidate their times table (e.g. 3x6=18 and 18÷3=6). Once they have passed each times table test on each stage they will receive a certificate for their achievements.

Please do support your children in practising their times tables at home. Here are some links which will support you with this.





Education City

Recommended Reading Lists - Year 3 and Year 4





Year 3 and 4 Spelling list

Handwriting Helper!