Year 4

Welcome to Year 4

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Mrs Pembroke, Mrs Mousir-Harrison, Mr Rose, Mrs Murrin, Mrs Stevenson, Mrs Read and Mrs Ali welcome you to Year 4. We hope that you enjoy your year with us and that you continue to work hard to make great progress in your learning.

KIRFs (Key Instant Recall Facts) are designed to support the development of the mental skills that underpin much of the maths work in school.  Instant recall facts help enormously with mental agility within maths lessons. When children move onto written calculations, knowing these facts can be very beneficial.  Each child will have a termly handout which sets out their KIRF and other facts which can be practiced at home.  This means that the work at school can be supported at home.  

Recommended Reading for Year 4

We regularly read a variety of books from Pie Corbett's Reading Spine as either part of our daily whole class read or for children to dip in to when they choose from bookshelves in our classes. Here, you can see the books your child might experience in other year groups too.

We expect children to read at home at least three times a week. We encourage children to read books, comics, newspapers, magazines, recipes, manuals, play scripts, song lyrics, poetry, websites and even books they write themselves. 

 

Below is a list of recommended books for your child’s age group. Some of these books are ideal for adults to read to your children and others would be great for children to read themselves. For more information about each of these books, click on:

https://www.booksfortopics.com/year-4

Or:

https://schoolreadinglist.co.uk/reading-lists-for-ks2-school-pupils/suggested-reading-list-for-year-4-pupils-ks2-age-8-9/

 

Everyone can access free e-books and audio books from Northamptonshire library service. If families are not already members, they can join using this link:  https://northamptonshire-self.achieveservice.com/service/Joining_form_for_Virtual_Membership_of_Northamptonshire_Libraries_and_Information_Service#_ga=2.178860833.401750347.1611565081-1930029811.1611565081

The Book Trust have lots of fun reading activities https://www.booktrust.org.uk/books-and-reading/have-some-fun/

The Literacy Trust is offering a free e-book each week with some accompanying activity packs and videos from the authors: https://library.thenational.academy/

 

More Information about Year 4

 

Reading

Remember to hear your child read at least three times a week as this is such an important life skill for the children to have. If your child is a good reader, it is still important to have a discussion with them about what they are reading and encourage them to read a wide variety of books. Your child can complete the reading record themselves to record the book they are reading and just ask you to sign. They will get carrot reward points for completing their reading records every week. Reading Records are collected in and checked every Monday morning.

 

P.E.

Every Thursday the children have their P.E lesson. They need to make sure that theycome to school dressed in their PE kit which is a pale blue T-shirt (available from the office), black shorts, dark tracksuit when colder.  No branded sports kit, please and no earrings.

 

Maths

The Doodlemaths app provides a fun way for your child to practise their maths skills. Please let us know if the level of questions appears to be too easy or too hard and we can reset the level of questions. Please also let us know if you have any log-on difficulties. This is usually because you need to download the latest version of the app (top tip!)

 

Spellings - Common Exception Words

The expectation for the attainment of children in Year 4 has grown massively.  In writing, children are expected to spell high frequency words, or common exception words (words we can't use our sounds to spell) correctly. Below is a list of all the words they should be spelling correctly in their independent writing. We will be sending home lists with a range of these spellings on for them to practise ready for their fortnightly test.

Statutory Times Tables Check

Statutory Assessment

 

Times tables will be checked as an online test in June. All times tables up to 12 x 12 will be tested in order to help them be fluent with maths which is essential for their future success. It will be an on screen test consisting of 25 times tables questions. The test will take only 5 minutes to complete. 

Children can practise by visiting:

 

https://www.timestables.co.uk/multiplication-tables-check/