Welcome to Year 4
Miss Garbett would like to welcome you and your child to Year 4's class page. We hope your find the information useful.
We begin each day with guided reading, English and Maths. Lessons that are part of the wider curriculum are usually taught during the afternoon including: History, Geography, Science, P.E, Art, Music, computing, PSHE, R.E and D&T.
PE lessons are every Wednesday taught by Miss Dunn. Please make sure your child comes to school wearing their P.E kit on this day.
Our Topics this year include:
- The Vikings
- Ancient Greece
Year 4 Highlights 2021
Viking Inspired Art – September 2021
Children have been inspired by the knots and interweaving patterns included in Viking art. Take a look at how hard the children have been working to create their own Viking inspired prints.
Viking Inspiration Day – Monday 1st November 2021
Children in Year 3 & 4 at Featherstone Academy had the pleasure of meeting a real Viking today! Children skipped into school with smiles on their faces dressed as Vikings, ready to welcome our special guest. The inspiration day covered a wide spectrum of activities including battles, handling artefacts and learning about life during the Viking times
Remembrance- November 2021
During November, children in Year 4 will be raising money for The Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal. A selection of poppy reflectors, pencil sharpeners, pencils, rulers, zip pulls and wristbands will be available for children to buy. Prices will range from 50p - £1.50. Thank you for your continued support.
We have been reading ‘The Lost Happy Endings’ written by Carol Ann Duffy. Children have explored the features of fairy tale stories, considering the tone, voice, mood and style of them. Children are excited to find out who this character is sitting on the branch and why there are golden words floating from the sack. Take a look at our inspirational display.
We will be writing, editing and improving a range of different text types including character descriptions, story setting and an alternative ending.
Learning at Home
Children are expected to read at least 4 times a week and sign their diary. One piece of homework will be set each week linked to times tables. Homework will be set on a Friday.
Useful Websites for Maths
Time Tables Check in Year 4
All primary school-aged children are expected to know their times tables up to 12 x 12 by heart. In fact, they are expected to have mastered their times tables by the end of Year 4.
Until now, there had been no formal measure to judge whether children in England had learnt their times tables or not – with a formal judgement only somewhat made from a child’s Year 6 Maths SATs performance. So, the idea is for the Multiplication Tables Check to be taken towards the end of Year 4 to make sure children are meeting the benchmark of memorising their times tables up to 12 x 12 before moving up to Upper Key Stage 2 (Year 5 and Year 6).
From the 2019/20 academic year onwards, all state-funded maintained schools and academies (including free schools) in England will be required to administer an online multiplication tables check (MTC) to year 4 pupils.
The national curriculum specifies that pupils should be taught to recall the multiplication tables up to and including 12 × 12 by the end of year 4.
The purpose of the MTC is to determine whether pupils can recall their times tables fluently, which is essential for future success in mathematics. It will help schools to identify pupils who have not yet mastered their times tables, so that additional support can be provided.
Schools will have a 3-week window to administer the MTC during the summer term. Teachers will have the flexibility to administer the check to individual pupils, small groups or a whole class at the same time.
Please see the link below for further guidance.
What can you do to help your child in practising their times tables?
We would recommend a number of strategies to support your child in the run-up to and after the times tables test including:
- Times tables chanting: “6, 12, 18, 24…”;
- Times tables chanting in reverse order: “108, 99, 90, 81…”;
- Using times tables songs
- Using Times Table Rock Stars
- Asking your child multiplication calculations out of order, like: “What is 4 x 7? What is 9 x 5? What is 6 x 11?”;
- Using pasta pieces or pebbles to show groups of numbers representing times tables, e.g. four groups of three pasta shells to show 3 x 4 = 12