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Year 4

Summer Term 1

 

What a half term! We have been doing lots of fantastic learning in year 4! In science, we learnt all about the human body and how our bones and muscles allow us to move. In English, we learnt all about civilisations and created our own which allowed us to be super creative. We also learnt all about the poem, the Jabberwocky and had great fun learning how to create nonsense words. In DT, we learnt all about using split pins to create moving puppets. We used this to make a moving skeleton and our jabberwocky character. In History, we learnt all about Alfred the Great and are finishing our half term with the amazing Treehouse Theatre.

Spring Term 2

 

We have been working really hard in Year 4! Through our Vikings topic, the children have learnt how people in the past didn’t all live in the same way and how historical events happened for different reasons. We also wrote fact files in our English lessons and explored amazing texts linked to our topic. We were also super scientist, using gummy bears to explore and investigate the properties of light. What a busy half term!

Year 4 Residential - Runways End

Year 4 Residential

21st March 2022 - 23rd March 2022

Updates!

Day 1

All the children arrived safely, and no one was sick on the coach!!! 

We found our rooms, unpacked, and had some lunch before our first activities. 

Each group took part in two activities this afternoon.

We particularly enjoyed the crate stack which involved working as a team to climb a huge tower of crates - so tall we needed to wear harnesses!

Caving was also very popular. The children guided one another through a dark cave and once they gained confidence, they were able to do it without any lights. 

We're looking forward to our dinner of spag bol and a bonfire with marshmallow toasting before bed. 

 

Day 2

 

All of the children are still having a wonderful time here at Runways End, we cannot believe how glorious the weather has been, we couldn't have picked a better week for being outside.  

 

The children all settled well last night and much to our surprise, we had nobody up until 6am this morning; when they were full of energy and raring to go!🙂 

 

We enjoyed a full English breakfast before beginning our activities, which included canoeing, caving and climbing. After burning off some energy, we had a picnic out in the sunshine and have been enjoying even more activities this afternoon.

 

Tonight, we plan to watch a movie and play some team games outside, after which the adults are all looking forward to a good sleep!

We look forward to seeing you all tomorrow and filling you in on our adventures this week. 

Year 4 Multiplication Tables Check June 2022

 

Why are times tables so important?

 

Secure and confident knowledge of times tables is vital to children’s success in Maths. They are the building blocks of Maths and with multiplications mastered, the doors to many other areas of Maths become unlocked!

 

Here are some ways which memorising times tables can benefit your child:

  • Most importantly, knowing their times tables will give your child confidence in their ability in Maths. We aim for all children to be able to mentally recall their times tables, moving away from counting on their fingers as they become more confident.
  • Times tables can help your child to grasp other mathematical concepts, such as fractions, division, ratio and percentages to name a few. Children who do not know their times tables will not be able to access more complex procedures.
  • If a child is confident with their times table skills, then this can reduce the cognitive load when learning a new method. An example of this is when learning the long multiplication method; if a child is already confident with their times tables then they can solely focus on the new skills with the method, e.g. where to carry numbers, when a place value holder is needed, estimating and checking that their answer is correct. This will not only help to ensure that their calculations are accurate, but speed up the process of learning a new method and also boost their confidence as they see that they have been successful. 

 

Expectations for times tables for each year group:

 

Year 3Recall and use multiplication and division facts for the 3, 4 and 8 multiplication tables.
Year 4Recall and use multiplication and division facts for multiplication tables up to 12x12.
Year 5Revision of all times tables and division facts up to 12x12.
Year 6Revision of all times tables and division facts up to 12x12.

 

What is the Year 4 Times Tables Test?

 

The Year 4 Times Tables Test, known by the government and schools as the Year 4 Multiplication Tables Check (MTC), is an annual check to see if Year 4 pupils in England and Wales have a good level of times tables knowledge.  

Primary-school children are expected to know all their times tables up to 12x12.

Under the current National Curriculum, children are supposed to know their times tables by the end of Year 4.

 

Multiplication Tables Check: Information for Parents

 

Why has the test been put in place?

 

The DfE says that the check is part of a new focus on mastering numeracy, giving children the skills and knowledge they need for secondary school and beyond. The purpose of the MTC is to determine whether Y4 pupils can recall their multiplication tables fluently (being able to answer times tables questions accurately and quickly, without having to work out the answers).

 

What is the Year 4 times tables test format?

 

The Multiplication Tables Check is an online, on-screen digital assessment meaning the children will take the test on a desktop computer, laptop or tablet (such as an iPad) at school. 

The times tables test will be timed, with the entire assessment lasting approximately 5 minutes in total.

The children will be set a handful of practice questions to begin with. Following the practice questions, the test itself will comprise of 25 questions; children must answer each question within 6 seconds so the whole test will take less than 5 minutes.

 

How will the results be reported?

 

Pupils' individual results will be made available to schools, and the Department for Education will report national results to track how they change over time.

Schools will be required to report the results to parents or carers.

 

What happens if my child does not score very highly on the test?

 

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).

 

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 can I help my child:

 

Times tables are learnt best when learnt regularly and in short bursts. At Anton, we use 'Times Tables Rock Stars' to help learn multiplication and division tables. This interactive tool is a fun way of learning times tables facts as well as being highly addictive! The children are able to play against their friends and teachers.

 

The 'Sound Check' area of the website has been designed specifically in order to support the Year 4 Multiplication Tables Check.

 

Click on the links below to access times tables resources!

 

TT Rockstars

Hit the Button

Times Tables Games

 

 

Spring Term 1

 

We have been working really hard in Year 4!  Through our Vikings topic, the children have learnt how people in the past didn’t all live in the same way and how historical events happened for different reasons. 

 

We also wrote fact files in our English lessons and explored amazing texts linked to our topic. 

 

We were also super scientist, using gummy bears to explore and investigate the properties of light.  What a busy half term!

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