Welcome back! We hope you all had a great break and are ready to learn about our new topics.
This term the children will be exploring what happened during the Tudor reign. The children will look at a variety of sources and use artefacts, books and Ipads to research Tudors. Then we will create a news bulletin on the Battle of Bosworth before exploring the life of Henry VIII and his six wives. Finally we will complete this topic by experiencing a day in the life of Tudor child. The children will be invited to wear Tudor clothes and have the opportunity to learn a Tudor dance, make a model of a Tudor house and bake some Tudor food.
In Maths lessons we will be focusing on calculation strategies. We will continue to practice formal written methods for addition, subtraction, multiplication and division and apply these to problem-solving situations. We will also be revisiting some of the maths topics we covered online during the lockdown e.g. rounding, shape, area, perimeter and time.
This term in English the children will begin by exploring poetry and learning more about William Shakespeare. We will explore Shakespeare’s sonnets before studying his play Macbeth. We will meet a variety of characters and complete lots of drama based activities such as freeze frames and role plays. By the end of term, the children will have written a poem, a newspaper report and published their own comic strip summarising the story of Macbeth..
Some important information for Year 4 parents/carers:
- Children will take part in weekly ukulele lessons on Monday
- Children will take part in sports and mental health based workshops with Everton in the Community on Please make sure they have a suitable PE kit in school on Thursdays as some of the sessions are active.
- Reading books should be brought into school every Friday.
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.