Welcome to Year 4!
Welcome back! We hope you all had a great break and are ready to learn about our new topics.
This term we will be learning about crime and punishment through the ages and how it has changed over time. We will be focusing on the Romans, Anglo-Saxons, Victorians and Tudors. The children will also be exploring the types of crimes people committed and what punishments were in place for each era before finally comparing the crimes and punishments of the past to what happens today.
In Maths lessons we will be focusing on ‘Statistics’. The children will first collect, record and interpret data using bar charts and line graphs before children will have the opportunity to investigate their own chosen questions and use computers to present their data.
In English we will begin this half term by reviewing a variety of narrative poems. The children will focus on the language devices the poet uses and the ‘story’ being told through poetry. Then we will move on to planning and writing our own narrative poem. Following this, the children will link the narrative poem they have been studying to their history topic of crime and punishment and begin to debate suitable punishments. Finally, they will finish the term by writing a formal persuasive debate.
Some important information for Year 4 parents/carers:
- Children will take part in weekly Ukulele lessons on Monday’s
- Reading books should be brought into school every Friday.
- Please leave P.E kits in school as our PE lessons may change each week
After school clubs
Art club will be on a Wednesday 3-4pm.
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.