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Welcome to Poplar Class

Our Anglo-Saxon lucky charm amulets! 

We really enjoyed our cricket taster session with Berkshire Cricket Foundation! 

It has been so lovely to welcome all our lovelies back to Poplar this week!

As you can see, we have had lots of fun during STEM week! Behaving like molecules in solids, liquids and gases, our STEM speed dating dressed as scientists/inventors/explorers, skittle chromatography, creating our own lava lamps and our Poplar science fair finale! 

Phase 1 Christmas Play 2020

A Day in the life of a Roman Soldier

Christmas Jumper Day!

Santa Dash 2020

We enjoyed our cakes whilst learning more about the charity McMillan.

Poplar managed to raise £44.56!!

Well done Poplar!

Welcome Meeting PowerPoint. For an introductory video please see the Video Resource Centre


Welcome to Poplar's class page.

We are taught by Miss Shepherd and supported by our teaching assistant Mrs Fraser and learning support assistant Mrs King.


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


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.




Dates for your diary:

Monday 8th - Friday 12th - STEM week

Wednesday 24th March - school photos day

Wednesday 31st March - school disco

Wednesday 31st March - finish @ 1:30pm 



This term's topic: Anglo-Saxons!






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 and returned Friday. House points for completion of the reading tasks and a Star Reader of the week for Year 3 and Year 4 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 now have a copy of their username and password stapled to their reading record for safe keeping! 



This half term we are focusing on column addition and subtraction, recapping objectives from last year as well as incorporating new learning. We will also be practising times tables and number bonds every week. 

Where possible, please start practising times tables at home.

Mathletics login details are stapled to their reading record for safe keeping!



This term Poplar class will have PE on Wednesday and Friday afternoon (weather permitting). Please ensure all PE kit is labelled correctly.

Children are to come to school in their PE kit on Wednesday and Friday instead of school uniform.



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

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

Maths homework will either be set on mathletics or TEAMS - check our page weekly for updates.


This weeks Maths homework:



The spellings for this week are:






In class, we have been spending some time during our Computing lessons getting to grips with using TEAMS. We have practised replying to conversations on our homepage Poplar chat, looking at assignments, answering assignments on the document and reading notices on our class notebook.

The children all have their TEAMS log in details stapled to their reading record for safe keeping!




We created our very own Bronze Age Celtic pinch pots in Art and Design.

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!