What a fabulous start of the year we've had and we look forward to another half-term of action packed learning leading up to Christmas!
We wish everyone a safe and happy half term!
We are very proud to provide a fantastic opportunity for our pupils to attend class cooking sessions during school hours. Sessions commenced in September and an annual voluntary contribution of £12.00 to cover the cost of ingredients has been uploaded to your Laser school cashbook. Your prompt payment is really appreciated.
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:
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.
It is an expectation that children read for at least 20 minutes daily, fill in their reading record with the pages that they have read and note down any new or unfamiliar words that they have come across. Journals must then be checked and signed by parents each day. Teachers will check the journals on a weekly basis and provide children with stickers if they are reading every day.
Our recommended reading lists contain 40 age-appropriate books for children in each year group (see PDF below). 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.
Children will be bringing 2 books to read at home on at least a fortnightly basis. One of the books will be banded at their appropriate colour level and the other can be their own free choice, which may be 'an easy read' or a book of interest that parents may like to read of to share with their child at home.
- 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.
Dictation will be on the 18th October
Dictation will be on the 8th November
***NEW*** Investigation of the week!
Roll these dice!
TT Rockstars has been hugely popular over the last year with last year, 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.
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.
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.
No, this is to supplement the times tables challenge, giving children a fun way to practise and challenge themselves.
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.
Log in here: https://ttrockstars.com/login, use your child's details. Lost them? Speak to your child's class teacher.
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.