Welcome to Year 4!
Welcome back! We hope you all had a great break and are ready to learn about our exciting new topics.
This term we will be focusing on two new topics. First, we will explore and describe a historical setting. We will visit the city of Pompeii and report on the aftermath of the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. Before Christmas the children will then move on to complete our work on imaginary worlds. Children will look at emotions within a setting as well as use amazing adjectives and adverbs to describe settings and then creating their own imaginary world story.
In Maths, the children will be working on ‘Multiplication and Division’. Children will focus on recalling multiplication and division facts, multiply and divide mentally and multiply two numbers together using the formal written layout.
We will start this half term with the Romans topic. We will explore when and how the Romans invaded Britain. The children will experience a Roman Day and create some ancient Roman art. Finally, our Geography topic will aim to answer the question: ‘Where would you choose to build a city?’ We will start this topic by exploring both past and modern settlements and how they got their names. The children will then use their mapping skills to compare land use and investigate transport links before finally designing their own settlement.
Some important information for Year 4 parents/carers:
- Children will take part in weekly Ukulele lessons on Monday’s
- Children will have weekly Spanish lessons on a Tuesday
- Reading books should be brought into school each Friday
- E lessons will be on different days depending on the week, so please ensure your P.E. is in school everyday
Year 4 teachers would like to encourage children to bring in water bottles and a piece of fruit for snack, if they wish.
Year 4 Multiplication Tables Check (MTC):
In June, Year 4 will be taking part in the Multiplication Tables Check (MTC). This is an on-screen check consisting of 25 times tables questions. Children will answer three practice questions before moving on to the official check, and will then have 6 seconds to answer each question. On average, the check should take no longer than 5 minutes to complete.
In preparation for the check, we will be using the ‘try it out’ area on the MTC site with the children so that they are aware of the expectations and know not to worry about the exercise. As being able to recall times tables along with their corresponding division facts, is so important for children in many areas of their life, we always practise times tables in a range of different ways so this will also help prepare the children for the MTC.
Please note, statistics on MTC data will be published on the GOV.UK website in October, however school and pupil level data will not be published.
If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to talk to the Year 4 teachers, Mrs. Mellor or Mr. Vine. More information can be found at:
How to prepare
A good way to prepare is start early and build a daily routine practising the times tables. With regular practise you will learn all the questions and gain confidence. We suggest practising 10 to 15 minutes a day for optimal results.
With the year 4 multiplication timetables fast approaching, it is important that all children are confident in recalling their timetables up to 12×12. Here are some websites for the children to use at home.
- Multiplication Tables Check
This interactive test is in the same format as the Multiplication Tables Check they will sit in June. On this page the children can practice for the MTC and will become more comfortable with reading and answering on a screen. https://mathsframe.co.uk/en/resources/resource/477/Multiplication-Tables-Check
- Timetables Rockstars
You can either download the App or use the website below. Your child will be given their username and password in school. This will help children answer at speed.
- Hit the button
This interactive game will also encourage children to answer at speed.