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Beech Tree Class - Year 4

Beech Tree Class Blog 2021-2022

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INFORMATION FOR PARENTS

Year 4 Beech is taught by Mr Kyriacou with support from Miss Hanna. Below you'll find some essential tips for helping your child make brilliant progress. We're looking forward to a fantastic year of learning!

Curriculum overview: Summer 2022

  • Topic: We’ll be learning about the Ancient Egyptians.
  • English: Stories with historical settings, letters, diaries, leaflets.
  • Maths: Decimals (including money), mass, capacity, time, statistics, properties of shape, position and direction.
  • Science: Forces and magnets; Light.
  • Computing: The Internet; Repetition in games (programming).
  • Music: Weekly singing assembly; Composition and notation with peripatetic teacher; Queen’s Jubilee; the Big Sing.
  • Art & DT: Activities linked to Ancient Egyptians topic; ALPT art exhibition; Trip to Leeds Art Gallery.
  • History: Ancient Egyptians.
  • Geography: Using atlases, globes and digital technology to develop core geographical knowledge; Understanding the importance of the River Nile to Egyptians.
  • PE: Hockey, athletics, skipping, swimming (Year 4 only).
  • RE: Why are gurus at the heart of Sikh belief and practice?
  • PSHE: Being my best; Growing and changing.
  • French: Holidays and hobbies; Recap of prior learning.

This year, alongside the school curriculum we plan to focus on...

  1. Reading for pleasure – sharing book tips with our friends and discovering new favourite writers. 
  2. Becoming more resilient by taking risks with our learning – both inside and outside the classroom (e.g. through school trips). 
  3. Reflecting on our work and learning from our mistakes (FAIL = First Attempt In Learning!). 
  4. Learning our times tables.
  5. Improving our handwriting.

MATHS: Hit the Button and TT Rockstars are both fabulous websites. Quickfire mental maths is one of the areas that has been hardest hit by the lockdown, so any extra addition / subtraction or multiplication / division questions will provide a big boost. 

If you'd like to download Times Tables Awards practice sheets, you can click below...

BRONZE (X2, X5, X10)

SILVER (X3, X4, X6)

GOLD (X7, X8, X9)

SUPER GOLD (All times tables, including X11 and X12)

Don't forget, this summer Year 4 will be taking part in the MTC - the new Multiplication Tables Check introduced by the government. They will be expected to know ALL times tables at speed!

SPELLING: Every child has a password for the Rufford Park Spelling App in the back of their reading record (they can log-in from this page). I'd recommend Word Walls 2, 3 and 4 as the most useful activities. We will send Word Wall scores home so children can personalise and optimise their practise sessions.

READING TIP: The children who make the best progress with their reading often have two things in common... they read for pleasure and also experience regular 'book chat' with an adult. Discussing vocabulary and comprehension (e.g. "How do you think the character is feeling?"... "Why do you think the character did that?"... "What do you think will happen next?") can make a huge difference!

Feel free to contact me via the school office if there's anything else I can do to support your child's learning!

Homework

Spellings - Children will be given spellings each Friday and tested the following Friday. They can access the weekly spellings on our Spelling App by logging in on this page and clicking on 'Year 4'.

Maths/English - Children will be given a piece of homework every Friday. This must be completed and handed in by the following Wednesday.

 

Reading

Reading books will be changed on Mondays and children with shorter books will be given two to read. Children should bring their reading book to school each day and hand it in. This year, reading records will stay in school over the weekend. Please remember to record all your child's reading and sign their red reading record each time they read to an adult or independently. Children are expected to read at least 3 times a week, however those who make outstanding progress often read 5 or more times! Regular and extra reading may just impress enough for a house point!

 

Times Tables

Children should aim to be fluent in all their times tables by the end of Year 4. Websites to help them with this are listed below:

www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button 

www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/daily10 

www.timestables.co.uk/7-times-table.html 

To prepare for the statutory Y4 test at the end of the year, children may wish to practise using this website, which will be close to their experience in the Summer term:

https://mathsframe.co.uk/en/resources/resource/477/Multiplication-Tables-Check

 

P.E.

This term, we have P.E on Mondays and Thursdays. Please ensure your child arrives at school in their full kit on P.E days. Earrings should be removed or taped over on these days for safety reasons.

SPELLING APP!

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Beech Tree Class Blog 2020-2021
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