Year Four 2022 - 2023
Teacher - Miss K Worrall
LSA - Mrs S Heyes, Miss H Slater
Welcome to our Year 4 class page! We have got so many exciting topics that we will be studying this year so please have a look around our webpage and click on the subject tabs at the top of the page to see what the children in Year 4 will be learning!
There are also some really useful website links and information listed below for you to explore.
Year 4 Rules and Routines
Our school day 8.55am - 3.20pm - Year 4 children to be collected and picked up from the Preston street entrance.
Homework - Homework will go home with the children on a Monday and will need to be brought back into school on a Friday morning.
Reading Books - Children will be able to take reading books home as we encourage as much home reading as possible. Please could you read with your child each night and log any reading in their home/school reading record. When the children have finished their book, they will be expected to return the book and choose a new one from our reading area.
P.E - Our PE days are Tuesday and Friday. Children will need to come to school wearing their school PE kit. This includes plain black shorts/black leggings or black tracksuit bottoms and a plain white t-shirt (no logos or brands allowed).
Uniform - On days that the children do not have PE, they are expected to come to school wearing full school uniform. This is a white shirt with a school tie, a school jumper/cardigan with the school logo, black pants/skirt and black shoes. Long hair must be tied back and no makeup or nail varnish is allowed. Children can wear one set of simple stud earrings if they so wish. We would still strongly recommend that children remove their earrings before coming to school, however if they are unable to do so you must sign a disclaimer.
All messages and class reminders will be posted on our Class Dojo Page.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me via the school office or by a private message on our class dojo page.
Useful Links and Websites
Watch Newsround - CBBC Newsround
Oak National Academy Online Classroom (thenational.academy)
Homepage | National Geographic
NSPCC | The UK children's charity | NSPCC
Times tables Year 4 Multiplication Test.
Primary-school children are expected to know all their times tables up to 12x12. Under the current National Curriculum, children are supposed to know their times tables by the end of Year 4, but they are not formally tested on them other than through multiplication questions in the Year 6 maths SATs.
Why has the test been put in place?
The DfE says that the check is part of a new focus on mastering numeracy, giving children the skills and knowledge they need for secondary school and beyond. The purpose of the MTC is to determine whether Y4 pupils can recall their multiplication tables fluently (being able to answer times tables questions accurately and quickly, without having to work out the answers).
Announcing the tests in 2017, the then education secretary Justine Greening said, 'A good primary education lays the foundations for success at secondary school and beyond. This year’s (2017) Key Stage 2 results showed our curriculum reforms are starting to raise standards and it is vital we have an assessment system that supports that.'
How will children be tested?
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.
This will be the first time that the DfE has used computerised tests in primary schools. Calculators and wall displays that could provide children with answers will be removed from the room the MTC is taking place in.
The test will last no longer than 5 minutes and is similar to other tests already used by primary schools. Their answers will be marked instantly.
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:
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. Children will be given the opportunity to practise answering questions in this format before the official check begins.
The six-second time limit per question has been decided on by the DfE because it should allow children enough time to demonstrate their recall of times tables without giving them the time to work out the answers to each question.
How will the results be reported?
Pupils' individual results will be made available to schools, and the Department for Education will report national results to track how they change over time. Schools will be required to report the results to parents or carers.
What happens if my child does not score very highly on the test?
There will be no "pass mark" (expected standard threshold) and no child will "fail" the test. Multiplication facts will be the only things tested (there will be no testing of children's knowledge of division facts or problem-solving in the check).
The DfE says the purpose of the check is to help teachers identify which children are falling behind and target areas where they’re not being given a chance to succeed.
How can I help my child:
Times tables are learnt best when learnt regularly and in short bursts. Here at Darley Dale Primary School we use Time Tables Rock Stars as an online and paper support. You will find your child's login details in their Homework Journal. There are many other ways children can be supported however.
Please use the link below for some great ideas.
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