Year 4

Welcome to Year 4
We have three classes in Year 4: Hope,Thankfulness and Trinity
Congratulations! Your child is in Year 4. Teachers will continue to work to nurture and encourage independent thinking, learning and decision making.

Maths and English

In Maths and English we will be aiming to ensure that your Year 4 child knows and understands particular key skills. Apostrophes, commas, times tables and key spellings are just some of the things children in Year 4 are expected to use accurately.  Children are expected to write fluently using the cursive font and will be applying the writing skills to a variety of text types.


Becoming confident and independent in learning

Overall, perhaps the single most important aspect of this year is children’s increasing independence and confidence in what they can achieve at school. Your child will be encouraged to start to think about their own learning. They need to make decisions on how to present work, how and when to complete homework and also how to learn best.

Children often ask questions and their teacher will encourage them think for themselves too: Could they answer the question themselves? Can they make that choice? If they can, then they are learning skills which are vital for Year 5, Year 6 and adult life.

Learning Zone
If you would like continue with your learning, try out some of these games and activities. 
This is a great game for improving your timestables speed. 
Can you use your factors to get 4 in a row?
A great game for improving your times table recall speed. 
A great game of strategy involving numbers. 
Can you find the homophone pairs?
Have fun exploring life in Anglo Saxon Britain.

Reading at home

Carry on reading together

For English, the single most important thing that you can do is to hear your child read. Good readers make good writers because they are exposed to a greater variety of vocabulary, syntax, grammar and style.

When you listen to your child read, there are a number of things to remember:

  1. Make it fun! Use silly voices and read to each other as well as just listening.
  2. Ask questions about the text, the characters, the plot, the setting, the style of writing, the words. Anything to get them to think about what they are reading and understand the language and the deeper hidden messages in the sub-text.
  3. Read a wide range of writing — from comics to newspapers; from novels to Pokemon cards; and even the children’s own writing!
  4. Look up individual words in a dictionary or thesaurus together to find out what they mean.
  5. Stop if they or you are tired!
Key Dates for Year 4
22nd - 26th October HALF TERM
Friday 19th October  Greek Buffet in school 
Thursday 18th October Greeks WOW DAY
  Clive Pig visiting
  Dress up as an Ancient Greek 
  Topic lunch menu day!
Tuesday 15th October  Appledore Arts Studio visit - TRINITY
Monday 14th October Parent & Teacher Consultations
Tuesday 8th October  Guy Bass (Author) Visiting Year 4
Tuesday 1st October Appledore Arts Studio visit - HOPE
Tuesday 17th September Appledore Arts Studio visit - THANKFULNESS
Wednesday 11th September  PGL Information meeting - 6pm.
The first Year 4 Times Tables Test comes in 2020!
 What is the Multiplication Tables Check?

The Multiplication Tables Check (MTC) is a key stage 2 assessment to be taken by pupils at the end of year 4 (in June). The purpose of the MTC is to make sure the times tables knowledge is at the expected level.

The MTC is an online test were the pupils are asked 25 questions on times tables 2 to 12. For every question your child will have 6 seconds to answer and in between the questions there is a 3 second rest. Questions about the 6, 7, 8, 9, and 12 times table come up more often. The questions are generated randomly based on the rules of the MTC.

For more information on the assessment framework check ‘this’ government website ;

There is a useful 'Speed Challenge' file below which is great to use on computers.