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Kingsdown & Ringwould

Church of England Primary School

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Glen Road, Kingsdown
Deal, Kent, CT14 8DD

Lemurs Year 4 

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Dear Parents and Carers,

Welcome back after the holidays and to our year 4 curriculum page. Here you will find an outline of what we will be getting up to during term one in Lemur Class.

Maths: We are going to exploring place value in a variety of ways, before moving on to thinking about addition, using our green hat to help us create new approaches to solving mathematical problems. Finally, this term we will be looking at measure, working on developing our skills in working out length, volume, capacity as well as time.

English: Within English we will develop our writing skills with by exploring a variety of different text types. Will be writing a newspaper article about a Viking invasion, as well as beginning to explore writing to persuade. We will also be developing our story writing as well as becoming poets.

Science: In science we are going to be developing our scientific thinking skills, becoming excellent observers, investigators and deep thinkers. We will be exploring the topic of animals, including humans.

History: We have an extremely exciting History topic of Vikings this term. We will be thinking about how they lived, where they came from and their invasions of Britain.

Geography: We will be learning about Scandinavia, studying the physical and human features and comparing them to our locality.

Music: This term we are incredibly lucky to be welcoming Mrs Gandolfo into our music lessons to practice recorders.

Design and Technology: During our Viking topic, we will be thinking about how the Vikings manufactured their armour, boats and weapons and designing and making some of our own. We will also be using our green hat to design and create skills to make pop up cards for the Christmas period.

RE: We are going to begin term one by thinking about “Creation” in a topic called “What a Wonderful World”. Here we will begin to think about the importance of the creation of the world to Christians, and the meanings behind the story of Creation in the Bible.

PE: In PE this term we will be focussing on rugby. We will think about how we can develop our throwing and catching skills, as well as playing games as part of a team.

All PE this term is expected to take place outdoors, therefore can you please ensure that your child has a full PE kit in school, including trainers. PE sessions will be on a Tuesday and Wednesday afternoon. Please ensure that long hair is tied back and remove earrings on these days if it is possible to do so.

Computing: In computing this term we will be developing our typing skills, linking this to our learning in English where we will be digitalising parts of our work.

Homework and reading: This term homework will be given out on Thursdays and collected in on the following Tuesday. Altogether the homework should not take any longer than 90 minutes each week. If you find that the homework is taking too long or that your child has had enough, please just stop and write a little note to let me know.

We will be doing a short spelling and times tables challenge weekly on a Thursday. Spellings and times tables will be given out at the same time as the homework on a Thursday.

Please try to read as much as you can with your child at home - it is incredibly invaluable. Please also try to sign or initial in your child’s reading record so that we are able to see that your child is being read with. You can also write any comments or notes here.

I hope that this information has been useful. If you have any questions or queries please do not hesitate to come and discuss them.

Have a wonderful first term,

Mrs Allen.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Dear Parents/Carers,

Under the current National Curriculum, children are supposed to know their times tables up to 12x 12 by the end of Year 4. The Department for Education (DfE) has introduced a new assessment, the purpose of which is to determine whether Year 4 pupils can fluently recall their times tables (being able to answer times tables questions accurately and quickly, without having to work out the answers).

The Multiplication Tables Check (MTC) will be administered to Year 4 children starting in the 2019-20 academic year. The check is part of the new focus on mastering numeracy, giving children the skills and knowledge they need for secondary school and beyond.

The DfE says the purpose of the check is to help teachers identify which children are falling behind and target areas where they’re not being given a chance to succeed.

How will the test be administered?

Children will be tested using an on-screen check (on a computer or a tablet), where they will have to answer multiplication questions against the clock. Calculators and wall displays that could provide children with answers will be removed from the room that the test is taking place in.

The test will last no longer than 5 minutes and answers will be marked instantly. Children will have 6 seconds to answer each question in a series of 25. Each question will be worth one mark. There is an emphasis on the 6, 7, 8, 9 and 12 multiplication tables because these have been determined to be the most difficult multiplication tables.

There will be no "pass mark" (expected standard threshold) and no child will "fail" the test. Multiplication facts will be the only things tested (there will be no testing of children's knowledge of division facts or problem-solving in the check).

How can you help your children prepare?

Because the National Curriculum for maths is so extensive, there is an expectation that parents will help their children learn their times tables at home and not rely on schools to bring them up to speed.

Some of the techniques you can use include:

  • Practising times tables by rote.
  • Asking your child multiplication questions out of order – such as ‘What’s 11x12? What’s 5x6?’
  • Using arrays to help your child memorise times tables – you can use fun objects like Smarties or Lego bricks to make it more entertaining.
  • Giving your child word problems to test their skills, like ‘If Peter has 800ml of orange juice and needs to share it between four friends, how much can they each have?’
  • Using apps and games like TheSchoolRun’s multiplication games or Topmark’s ‘Hit the button’ game to build speed.
  • Singing times tables using songs like Percy Parker.