Walnut Class Term 2 Week 5

It’s hard to believe that we have reached December already!

This week, our Year 4 Mathematicians have been learning how to apply their knowledge of the 9,11 and 12 times tables to calculate multiplication and division problems, including word problems. They have learnt tricks and rhymes to help reinforce their learning of times tables. Year 4 and Year 3 children also spent some time logging on to ‘Times Tables Rock Stars (TTRS).’  Their log-in details are in their Reading Record – please encourage your child to log on at home to practice their times tables. TTRS is a great way to improve accurate recall and speed of times tables. This is particularly important for Year 4 children as they have a Multiplication Check before they leave Year 4.

Year 3 mathematicians have been learning to apply their knowledge of the 3,4 and 8 times table in calculations and learning how to use ‘RUCSAC’ for problem solving: how to Read the question, Understand what they need to find out, Choose the correct method of calculation, Solve the problem, Answer the problem and Check their answer.

In our literacy learning this week, children learnt how to recognise and understand the use of commas in a list. They have also learnt how to use commas to indicate an embedded subordinate clause.  They’ve understood the structure and format of a debate, based on fact and opinion, and created their own debate. We ended this week by taking part in that debate.

In our Topic learning, children had to identify how land was and is used in the Amazon Rainforest.

Our Science learning was to recognise that environments can change and that this can pose dangers to living things.

Last week, for their Art learning, the children started to create their chosen animals, using recycled materials.  This week, they enjoyed improving and decorating their animals and completed them with pride. The classroom was a hive of activity – the children thoroughly enjoyed themselves and helped each other which I was very impressed with.


  • Tuesday is our swimming day – please ensure you bring in your swimming kit – every week we have to phone a parent as their child has forgotten their bag.
  • Monday is our PE day – children should come into school wearing the correct PE kit please.
  • On Thursday 8th December we are attending a pantomime at the Hazlitt Theatre in Maidstone
  • School Disco on the 8th December 2022 starting at 6:15pm and ending at 7.30pm for KS2.
  • On Tuesday 6th of December, we are inviting parents into the classroom at the end of the day to discuss how we teach phonics and reading at Park Way and how you can support your child at home.

Have a lovely weekend!

From Mrs Jacobs and Ms Stokes.