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Top education researchers tell us that homework has minimal impact for primary age pupils, unless it requires children to rehearse and practise.  We have therefore adapted our routines to reflect this. The routines for children in this year group are as follows:

  • Reading and/or talking about their reading to an adult for at least 20 minutes, 5 times a week. This will be evidenced through reading being recorded in reading records. Reading records and reading books should be coming into school daily. Reading records will be signed by teachers to check regular reading is occurring.
  • Learning spelling patterns linked to age-related expectations ready for use in dictation towards the end of every week. These spellings will be on year group notice boards and should be practised at home. Dictation (recorded on sheets) will now be sent home weekly in reading folders so you can see achievement and progress.
  • Reciting multiplication tables to increase their fluency so that they can be applied in other areas of maths and problem solving. These will be  tested in our weekly times tables challenge and will be sent home.
  • Half-termly creative home learning will be set at the start of each half term and will celebrated and fed back on during our creative home learning showcases.

 

 You will be able to see achievement and progress through the dictation and times tables challenge sheets going home weekly. You will also be able to witness progress through class exercise books for English and maths being sent home at least once during every term as well as at parent consultation meetings.

Creative Home Learning

Reading

It is an expectation that you read every night and record what you have read in your reading record. 

 

Our recommended reading lists contain 40 age-appropriate books for children in each year group. We have taken the time to carefully choose books that will hopefully capture your children's imagination. The lists contain colour-bands and a description of the books so that the children are able to 'cherry-pick' their favourites according to their book-band level and their personal interests.

It is not compulsory to read these books however a bronze certificate will be awarded to a pupil when they read 5 books from the list, a silver award will be awarded when they read 10 and a gold award will be awarded for having read 15. After reading a book, children should complete a short reading response activity in their reading records. 

Reading response activity options:

-Create an alternative blurb to persuade somebody else to read the book.

-Write a character description of your favourite character.

-Write a paragraph of the story from another character's viewpoint.

-Write an alternative ending to the story.

-Create a timeline to order all of the main events in the story. 

-Design your own quiz (with answers) to test somebody else's comprehension of the story. 

Week commencing 17/9 spellings are:

 

disagree

misplace

unkind

misunderstand

misbehave

 

Also these from our Year 3/4 100 words (orange words):

accidentally

library

occasionally

separate

bicycle

 

These will be tested every Friday.

 

 

 

Maths

Times Tables Rockstars!

TT Rockstars has been hugely popular over the summer with well over half of year 4 students taking to their tablets, phones and computers to challenge themselves and the rest of the world!

Times Tables Rockstars is a online programme we have introduced to encourage children to have fun with multiplication facts while improving fluency, recall and speed. Children can access it in their own time on any IOS, Android or Windows device.

What is it?

Times Tables Rock Stars is a carefully sequenced programme of  times tables practice. This programme has very successfully boosted times tables recall speed for hundreds of thousands of pupils over the last 7 years in over 4500 schools - both primary and secondary - worldwide.

How does it work?

Incorrect answers are always immediately corrected in front of your child so that they start to associate the correct answer to every question. The clever code behind the scenes works out which times tables facts each child is consistently taking longer to answer and then it gradually starts to present these facts more frequently until they have mastered them. It will also ask related division questions 20% of the time in order to reinforce division facts.

Is this instead of the times table challenge completed in class?

No, this is to supplement the times tables challenge, giving children a fun way to practise and challenge themselves.

Where does this fit with National Curriculum expectations?

From June 2020, all pupils at the end of year 4 in England will take an online multiplication tables check .The national curriculum specifies that pupils at this stage should be able to recall the multiplication tables up to and including 12x12.

The check aims to support pupils to master multiplication skills, which are essential for future success in mathematics. It will help to identify pupils who have not yet mastered this mathematical concept, so additional support can be provided.

How do I log in?

Log in here: https://ttrockstars.com/login, use your child'd details that came home at the end of the Summer Term, lost them? Speak to your child's class teacher.

Multiplication Tables

Remember to be practising your times tables for your weekly Times Table Challenge. Times Table Challenge practise sheets can be found on the Mathematics page of the website.  Tests will be held once a week.

Learning next week

WB 17/09/18

Maths

Next week the children will be continuing to reason with 4-digit numbers.  They will be counting in 1s, 10s,100s and 1000s, before comparing and then ordering numbers to 1000. 

The first Learning Journey of the year is Reasoning with 4-digit Numbers

 

English

Next week the children will be reading more the new text, 'The Thieves of Ostia'.  They will be completing their 'cold write' and analysing the WAGOLL for the features of the genre being worked on this half term; A Newspaper Report. A copy of the children's RUBRIC for this half term can be seen below.

 

                                 

Fielding Learning Challenge Curriculum (FLCC)

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