Nailsworth C of E Primary School
Together, inspired by the challenge…
Our Year 4 class is taught by Miss M. Jackson, supported by Mrs K. Ostle
These are the expectations for writing in year 4:
Spellings will be tested on a Friday and a new list will be given out weekly. The spellings will be taken from the NC curriculum and Year 4 spelling rules.
Rather than having a ‘reading day’ the children will take part in Guided Reading activities on a daily basis. These activities will involve a mixture of reading with adults as well as individual reading activities. Your child is welcome to change their books as soon as they are ready to. We ask that the children bring their books in every day so they can be heard read as often as possible.
Taking time to read with your child at home each day and to hear them read to you is both important for them and a lovely way to spend time with your child. Try to make sure you’re in a quiet comfortable place before you start and not rushed. Please do encourage your child to get their reading book changed regularly – it really helps with their progress.
The school-wide reading scheme will be continuing this year. To take part, children will have to have their reading record signed 4 times a week and will have to bring in their reading record on a Thursday.
This is a simplified overview of the curriculum and the methods we use for addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. Please follow these methods at home to support in class learning:
As of 2019-2020, in year 4, all children have to take a statutory government times tables test which covers all times tables up to 12 x 12. This is a timed test, using mental arithmetic, so it will be essential that children are able to rapidly recall all multiplication facts. Children will be practicing in class and this will need to be embedded through repetition at home as well.
Knowing times tables is crucial to success in so many areas of maths. You can click on mini times table poster to download a full size version to use at home. Here are the national expectations for each year group:
We will be continuously practising our times tables. New this year, we will be using a programme called Times Tables Rockstars. This is an app which can be downloaded onto all tablets/phones free of charge. The children will be competing with themselves to win coins for their character. They will be able to see their statistics (average seconds to answer questions, how they’ve improved, specific tables to work on), and we will be using in in class on a Tuesday.
Times Tables Rockstars is a fun and challenging programme designed to help children master the times tables up to 12×12. It is available as an app or online – click on the Times Tables Rockstars logo to link to the login page. We have already had enthusiastic reports from children who have tried it. So, why not try it at home with your child? Click to download the guidance document to get started:
In Year 4, we give out a half termly homework menu with 4 homework suggestions on. The homework on the menu can only be completed once a half term and are meant to be nice extras to our broad and balanced curriculum within school. We also give out a weekly Maths based homework. This supports in-class learning and lets parents know what we are doing in school that week.
Homework is due in on a Monday and new homework will be given out on the same day. Children will be rewarded with Raffle tickets, as they are now in Year 4 there are new prizes to be won! If no homework is handed in (menu homework or Maths) then children will have the opportunity to catch up on a Tuesday break time.
Please support children at home with their times tables alongside their homework.
PE will be on Thursday afternoons and children should have their full (named) PE kit in school at all times. If your child takes part in an after school sports club, remember that they should bring their PE kit back the following day.
During the Autumn term, children will be swimming on Wednesday mornings. Please ensure the children bring in their swimming kit.
As always, if you have any queries about the curriculum or your child’s progress and development, please do come in and discuss it with their class teacher. The best time for a quick word or to arrange a chat is at the end of school day when teachers let the children out. If you feel your concerns are not resolved effectively, please feel free to come and chat with Mr. Southcott or Ms. Geller.