Welcome to Year 4.
Virtual Reality Volcano Workshop - Tues 29th Nov
Publication: multiplication tables check IT guidance and parents leaflet
We have updated our multiplication tables check (MTC) IT guidance, designed to help IT support staff who manage the school's ICT network prepare for check administration.
We have also updated the MTC information for parents leaflet schools can use with parents when explaining what the assessment is, how it will be carried out and why it is being introduced.
Welcome to Year 4 Newsletter
Reading at home
All children have selected two books to read at home: one which matches their book band colour/phonics level and one book of choice either from the recommended reading list or from the class library.
They should read their colour band book every night. Reading records should be signed daily and new vocabulary added. Teachers will check reading records daily and sign them weekly.
Fielding Learning Challenge Curriculum
- Weekly Timetable (scroll to the bottom of page)
- Find out about how we teach the subjects in the National Curriculum
- Find out what your child is learning and when:
- Yearly overview & knowledge organisers (scroll to bottom of page)
- How do we assess your child’s learning? Assessment
In English this half term we are continuing to read Michael Morpurgo's Running Wild. We will also be researching deforestation to then help us write a persuasive argument. Our focus for grammar lesson will be paragraphs and causal conjunctions.
We will be focusing on a spelling pattern over the course of two weeks. Children will record 6 spellings that follow this pattern, 3 common exception words and 3 words related to our FLCC challenge to practice in their reading records. Children will be assessed on these during dictation in the second week of our cycle.
Dictation for this spelling unit will be on Wednesday 3rd November
Wb: 17th and 31st October
Unit 3: adding the prefix- inter
Vocabulary that follows the pattern:
Common exception words:
Words related to our FLCC challenge:
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 second recommended reading book or library book to share at home with you.
Once the children have read a recommended reading book, they should complete one of the response activities in their reading record and upload it to Teams. Reading certificates will be awarded as follows:
5 books = Bronze Award
10 books = Silver Award
15 Books = Gold Award
All books = Platinum Award
- Find our Recommended Reading lists here (scroll to the bottom)
In maths this term we will be learning about addition and subtraction within 4-digit numbers. Our rubric below shows the key skills and representations will be teaching pupils to secure their knowledge.
TT 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.
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.