The Year 4 team would like to welcome all children back after the half term! The children have worked really hard and we are really looking forward to this busy half term as we lead up to Christmas! We will explore the Christmas story through our RE lessons and we have lots of exciting activities planned.
This half term we will be exploring stories with imaginary settings as we introduce our book, ‘Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe.’ We will be exploring many stories with imaginary settings and designing their own through our computing topic.
We link our book to our D.T. topic where we will design a light for Edmund to use to make his way through Narnia. This links with our Science topic which is ‘Electricity’ where children will discover what makes a circuit and what can affect it.
Some important information for Year 4 parents/carers:
- Year 4 will have P.E. on a Wednesday this half term, please ensure they have pumps/ trainers in school.
- Children will be taking part in Ukulele sessions with Mr Rooney on Mondays.
- Children will have Spanish lessons on a Thursday afternoon.
Year 4 teachers would like to encourage children to bring in water bottles and a piece of fruit for snack, if they wish. Reading books should be brought in on a Friday in preparation for them to being changed and given out on Mondays. Finally, a reminder that every child has a login to Maths Whizz and they should use this for at least 30 minutes a week.
TTRockstars should be used to practise times tables at home.
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.