Later in the school year, all pupils in Year 4 will be taking the statratory times tables assessment as set out by the DfE. We will be practising A LOT through out the year! Please find below some additional ways you can support your child with practising to learn their times tables.
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, Sound Check, has a time limit of 6 seconds per question which will be great practise for them for the Times Tables Assessment as it follows a similar format. Please email Mrs Smith using the Year 4 email address if you need your child’s login details.
We have loved being back at school seeing all of our friends again! We have settled back well and have been working hard.
We have been continuing with our Antarctica topic and have been focusing on the expeditions of Earnest Shackleton which we have found really interesting. In English we have been learning about newspaper reports and have planned and written our own reports documenting Shackleton’s expeditions.
We created timelines of Shackleton’s third expedition on The Endurance and thought about his actions as a leader and whether he should be described as a hero. We also created some really beautiful art work. We sketched his ship The Endurance and created an Antarctic background using printing techniques which we then stuck the sketch on to.
In Maths, we have been focusing on fractions. We have been consolidating our knowledge of fractions and learning how to calculate fractions of quantities as well as identifying equivalent fractions. We have also been continuing with practising our times tables which we all really enjoy doing.
In Science we have been learning all about electricity. We have learnt about how it is produced and how to be safe around it. We have also really enjoyed some practical lessons where we have been making circuits and exploring conductors of electricity.
This term in RE, we have continued with discussing Christianity. We explored the Easter story and thought about why Christian’s call it Good Friday when it is the day that Jesus died. We had some thoughtful conversations around this topic and explored how Christians today still celebrate this event.
This term we have continued with our Ancient Greece topic which we have thoroughly enjoyed.
In English we have been exploring Ancient Greek plays and have turned some of myths into play scripts. We enjoyed learning about visiting the theater in Ancient Greek times. We have also been writing non-chronological reports about famous Ancient Greeks and thinking about the legacy they left behind. We were fascinated by how people form so long ago still influence our lives and the way we live today. We found learning about how the ancient Greeks were the first democratic society interesting and helped us to understand more about how our government today works.
We also did a short writing project creating our own Mr Man stories. We all thoroughly enjoyed reading lots of different Mr Men and Little Miss Books. We found some great vocabulary in them which we magpied when we planned and write our own Mr Man stories. We worked really hard to plan, draft and edit the stories and then published them into books with careful illustrations.
In Maths we have been practising our measuring skills adn have enjoyed some practical maths sessions outside and around the school measuring different objects. We have also been continuing to work really hard with multiplication and division and our times tables.
In RE we have been looking at Christianity and exploring the Holy Trinity. We have had some really wonderful conversations about what we all believe in and how we feel God is represented. We particularly enjoyed learning about the Baptism of Christ and looking at a variety of art work depicting this. We enjoyed then recreating some of our favourite pieces and even created our own artwork around this subject.
In Science we have been learning how sound is produced and how we hear. We enjoyed learning about the ear.
We have, of course, also enjoyed towards the end of term telling the Christmas Story and doing lots of fun Christmas crafts and activities.
Term 1 – Ancient Greece Knowledge Organiser
We have had a great first term in Year 4 and everyone has settled back into our ‘new normal’ way of school really well. Mrs Smith is so proud of us and how well we are all doing.
We have started back with a great topic that we are all thoroughly enjoying – 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 using lots of the topic knowledge and ideas from the myths we have read. We have worked hard and have written some exciting myths full of monsters, gods and heroes!
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 been studying their beautiful architecture and have admired the remains of the temples left on the Acropolis in Athens as well as many others around Greece. We have sketched friezes as well as learnt about the 3 main column types that were used in Ancient Greek architecture. In addition, 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 but we have created some fantastic drawings.
In Maths, we have been focusing on addition and subtraction and have refined our column addition and subtraction skills using up to 5 digit numbers! We have also learnt more about Roman Numerals, rounding and negative numbers. We have also been focusing on practising our times tables and have really enjoyed dancing and singing along to BBC Supermovers to help us learn all the different number facts.
Our RE topic this term has been Hinduism focusing on Diwali. We learnt about Hindu’s believing in one true God but how this God manifests himself into many other Gods that represent God being in everything. Some of us were also able to make links between what Christians believe too. We learnt about the different Gods and what they represent – our particular favorite was Ganesh. We have also learnt about the Hindu festival of Diwali and why and how Hindu’s celebrate this festival.
We have also been very lucky to have had some singing sessions with Mr Holderway outside whilst the weather has been fine. We have all really enjoyed seeing him again and had lots of socially distanced fun singing some of our school favourite songs with him.