School closed to most pupils
Your child should complete school work from home. Your child's class teacher has published a timetable on Microsoft Teams for your child to follow.
Please read our latest news article
- Read our ‘How to’ guide for how to access your child’s Microsoft Teams email and password.
- Watch our ‘How to log on to Microsoft Teams video (3.5 mins)
- Watch our How to use video call settings short video (2mins)
Key worker and vulnerable pupils
Your child should come into school as usual, please make sure you have booked their place on MCAS via the 'clubs' booking. Children should attend school everyday, They will be taught by Mr Bloomfield
Sharing assemblies Postponed
Our sharing assemblies this term will be presented live to parents via Microsoft Teams. A link will be posted to the event in the class team. They will be recorded for anyone who is unable to make the 'live' event. (Please check you have given consent for 'events beyond school' on MCAS)
Please read our Microsoft Teams news articles for more details:
Sharing assemblies will start at 9:15 each Friday to allow parents who drop younger siblings at school to return home in time to log-on.
Your child’s log on details for Microsoft Teams are available on MCAS.
As you may be aware, Year 4 usually takes part in swimming lessons. Unfortunately
this year, we will not be able to take these lessons. This is due to the present situation being so uncertain and there is not a coach company available.
The National Curriculum states that children should be able to swim up to 25m by the end of Year 6. We will assess pupils in the future to ensure this is met, although swimming lessons may be structured differently.
Please read the newsletter below which highlights important information for the school year.
Keeping your child safe online - ROBLOX
Many of our children have told us that they are accessing Roblox via their computer, tablet or phone. While many of them are using this gaming platform safely some are accessing content not appropriate for their age. Roblox actually has an age-rating of 10, but many of the games within it are for older children.
To find out more about parental controls take a look at this explanation of what Roblox is:
- Parents guide to Roblox (by the creators)
and follow this safer internet guide, with top tips
If your child is at home self-isolating, please refer to the class notebook on Microsoft Teams to access and complete work for this week. You can find your child's log-in in the 'Report Section' of MCAS. Refer to our 'How to' guides for more details
Your child is expected to follow the class timetable and complete daily English, and maths lessons. As well as weekly lessons from our Fielding Learning Challenge Curriculum. Your child class teacher will make contact through the class notebook, and Microsoft Teams each day. This may be though written feedback or a video call. Your child's class teacher will arrange times for this.
Books going home
English, Writing and Maths books will also be sent home for the evenings of :
- 11th March
- 13th May
Please return the books to school on the Friday morning.
Fielding Learning Challenge Curriculum
- Weekly Timetable (scroll to the bottom of the page)
- Find out about how we teach the subjects in the National Curriculum Curriculum information
- Whole school curriculum map
- Find out what your child is learning and when: Yearly overview & knowledge organisers
- How do we assess your child’s learning? Assessment
Top education researchers tell us that homework has minimal impact for primary age pupils, unless it requires children to rehearse and practise. 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. Complete your child’s reading record each time they read. Remember it doesn’t always have to be their school book. Reading records and reading books should be sent into school daily. Teachers will have a look at these to check regular reading is taking place at home.
- Learning spelling patterns linked to Year Group 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.
- Reciting multiplication tables to increase their fluency so that they can be applied in other areas of maths and problem solving. Log on to Timestable Rockstars!
- 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 your child’s 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 tasks
- Find out more here.
- This week the children will be learning the suffix -ly. The spellings are as follows:
Children will bring home their reading book, linked to the phonics or book band they have been assessed at. They also have the choice to select a recommended reading book or library book to share at home with you.
Once the children have read a book, it would be great if they could complete one of the activities of their choice outlined below. These can be completed in the blue book that children have been given. These activities can be completed straight into Class Notebook section called Recommended Reading. This can be found under the name of the child.
Activity Choices (they can be completed more than once):
1. Compare the book to another book you have read. What was similar? What was different? Think about characters/setting and events.
2. Draw a picture of your favourite character and write 5 words or phrases to describe their personality and 5 words/phrases to describe their appearance.
3. As you are reading, list any unfamiliar words and write their meaning.
4. If you could make one change to the story, what would it be and why?
5. Make a note of 3 of your favourite sentences and explain why you like them.
6. Complete a 'story S' which outlines the main events of the story.
5 books = Bronze Award
10 books = Silver Award
15 Books = Gold Award
All books = Platinum Award
- Find out Recommended Reading lists here (scroll to the bottom)
TimesTables Rockstars is an 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.
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?
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's details that came home at the end of the Summer Term, lost them? Speak to your child's class teacher.
Please see the sites below for other interactive games to help your children's fluency in recalling their multiplication and division tables.
What is my child learning?
We will be analysing poems written by John Lyons, looking at a range of poetic features
Continuing with the skill of multiplying a 3 digit number by a 1 digit number, and exploring a range of multiplication strategies
. We will be looking at what we need to do when performing our own poetry, including a variety of poetic features
Beginning to use written division methods