In English we have finished our poetry unit and have begun to plan our entries for the BBC 500 words competition. This is always a highlight of the year and I love seeing the creativity of the class let loose at this initial drafting phase. The limited word count permitted is always a fun challenge for children. Our grammar focus has been on word classes and standard English.
In mathematics, both Years 4 and 5 have been working on addition and subtraction. There was an initial focus on mental methods which helped us later in the week with our estimations. The majority of the time this week has seen children working on the formal method of subtraction. We then used this skill to help us answer all manner of word problems towards the end of the week.
I have asked that all children spend time this week on TTRockstars and SpellingShed.
By the end of Y4, pupils are expected to know their times tables up to 12 x 12. June 2020 will be the first time this test has been carried out.
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. The test will last no longer than 5 minutes and children will have 6 seconds to answer each question in a series of 25. Each question will be worth one mark and be presented to the child in this format:
n1 x n2 = ____
Questions will be selected from the 121 number facts that make up the multiplication tables from 2 to 12, with a particular focus on the 6, 7, 8, 9 and 12 times tables as they are considered to be the most challenging. Each question will only appear once in any 25-question series, and children won’t be asked to answer reversals of a question as part of the check (so if they’ve already answered 3 x 4 they won’t be asked about 4 x 3). Once the child has inputted their answer on the computer / device they are using, there will be a three-second pause before the next question appears.
Homework will be given out every Friday, and is due in on the following Thursday. Children will still be expected to complete a numeracy task, a spelling task, and a literacy task. Children have been reminded that this work can be completed independently, however if they have any issues they are to see me before the Thursday hand in.
It is recommended that children read for a minimum of 15 minutes daily, which can be written in to your child’s reading record. Reading regularly can not only improve word recognition and fluency, but can also assist children in their writing during class. Therefore, children will be expected to read at least 2 stage books per week (1 if they are on the thicker books from later stages). Times tables are of equal importance, and I have encouraged the class to practise these for 10 minutes every day.
P.E. will be on Monday and Friday this year so please ensure children have their kits in school on these days. For P.E. children need to bring both indoor and outdoor kit and must have trainers and pumps.
Early morning work begins at 08:30 each day and will be spent on tasks that the children have needed further support with. This could be arithmetic or grammar related. Therefore, I would encourage the children getting in to school on time, to ensure they do not miss any learning.
If you have any questions, please feel free to see me at 8:30 or at home time. Alternatively, you can contact me via an email to school.
Curriculum Autumn Term 1
English – Poetic form, Persuasive writing, Traditional tales and fables
Maths – Negative numbers, Addition and subtraction, Properties of shape, Multiplication and division, Fractions and Measurement (length).
In the afternoon sessions:
Topic – The Shang Dynasty
Art – North American Art
Science – The Circulatory System
Computing – Film making
PE – Basketball
Spanish- Restaurant, family, shopping, school and people.
PSHE – Respecting Rights
We would welcome any resources you may have at home that you feel could enhance your child’s learning in any part of the curriculum that we are studying. This may be in the form of information books, guidebooks and leaflets collected on visits to places of interest that you have made with your family. Even better, if you feel that any experiences of your own are relevant to the curriculum, it would be wonderful if you could come and share them with the class.