The DfE have suggested the following ways to help your child:
- Times tables chanting: “6, 12, 18, 24…”;
- Times tables chanting in reverse order: “108, 99, 90, 81…”;
- Using times tables songs, like Schoolhouse Rock’s ‘3 is A Magic Number’;
- Using apps, like the one by ks2timestables.co.uk, Times Tables Rock Stars or Hit the Button
- Using free online games, like those on Maths Frame;
- 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;
- Asking your child related short division questions, like “What is 12 divided by 4? What is 55 divided by 11?”;
- Asking your child word problems based on times tables, like: “If five friends have £3 each, how much money do they have in total?”;
- Trying out active ways of learning times tables, like our times tables pavement chalk ideas:
And of course your child has access to TT Rock Stars. One of the games has a time limit of 6 seconds which will be great practise for them. Please see your class teacher if you need your login details.
Term 2 – Ancient Greece Knowledge Organiser
This term we have been continuing with our Ancient Greece topic. We have used our knowledge and understanding about Greek myths to write play scripts based upon them. Alongside this, we also learnt all about the Ancient Greek theatre. We enjoyed learning about how the audience reacted to plays they liked or didn’t like which we found very funny!
We have used clay to create our own Greek style pottery. We also decorated them in the black figure style.
We were also very lucky to visit Bristol Museum where we took part in a work shop looking at Ancient Greek artefacts and discussing what we can learn about Ancient Greek life from them. We impressed the people from the museum with our fabulous knowledge.
In Maths we have continued to practise times tables and we are all really enjoying using TT Rock Stars! We have also been learning how to measure accurately and convert between measures. We have also practised measuring the perimeter of shapes.
In RE we have spent this term thinking and learning about what The Holy Trinity means to Christians, and how they celebrate it in their lives. Mrs Lovely has been very impressed with how thoughtful and perceptive we can be, and we created some lovely Christmas card designs as well.
Term 1 – Ancient Greece Knowledge Organiser
We have had a great first term in Year 4. We have all thoroughly enjoyed learning all about our topic – Ancient Greece.
In English we have been reading a variety of Ancient Greek myths. Our favourites were Theseus and The Minotaur and Perseus and Medusa! All the myths are quest stories so we followed the boxing up of a quest story to write our own myths based in Ancient Greece. We were really enthusiastic with our writing and we wrote some exciting myths full of monsters, gods and heroes! We are making them into books with beautiful illustrations so we can share them with other classes in the school.
We have been thinking about the legacy left by the Ancient Greeks and have been learning about lots of the fantastic things they did in their civilization that we still do today. We have also been studying their beautiful architecture and have admired the remains of the temples left on the Acropolis in Athens as well as others around Greece. We have sketched friezes as well as learnt about the 3 main column types that were used in Ancient Greek architecture. We have also learnt how to create exploded drawings of the Parthenon to show all the different elements of the building. This was very tricky and took a lot of patients and accuracy.
We learnt a lot about Ancient Greek life by studying some pottery. The art work on the pots told us more about the gods, myths, their homes and even the jobs they did. We looked at a variety of different pots and compared how they were decorated; some used red figure whilst some used black figure and some even used more intricate geometric designs. We have designed a pot of our own and thought about what we would like to show about the Ancient Greek civilization on it. Once they have been fired in the kiln we will be using the black figure technique to decorate them.