Phase 3 – Years 4 and 5

We’ve had a great start to the year already and we’re really impressed with how the children have settled in. They have been so resilient with the adaptations to normal routines!

We have lots of exciting things planned for the first term back and lots of exciting topics to motivate and engage the children. We are starting off by looking in depth at picture books: Mrs Walker’s class are looking at ‘The Wolves in the Walls’ by Neil Gaiman and Miss O’Leary’s class are looking at ‘The Lost Thing’ by Shaun Tan. We will be basing all of our curriculum around these books for the first couple of weeks, before moving on to a new text in English. We have some great topics in curriculum this year, including looking at the Maya, changing materials in science and some sewing in DT.

During this academic year, Year 4 pupils are required to take a statutory times table test to check whether each child can recall their times tables fluently. This test will be online and consists of 25 questions. Questions are not ordered according to difficulty and will all follow the same format. The children will have 6 seconds to enter a response to the question. The 6 seconds start as soon as the question appears. Once the question is answered, there will be a 3 second pause before the next question appears. Questions will be selected from all their times tables, up to 12 x 12. We will be practising our times tables every day within school, however extra practise at home will help your child greatly.

There are multiple websites that your child could use at home and will be using within class:
https://ttrockstars.com/ (your child will receive their log in for this)
https://mathsframe.co.uk/en/resources/resource/477/Multiplication-Tables-Check (A similar format to the test, giving your child 6 seconds per question and the 3 second interval between questions.)
In addition to practising online, checking your child’s recall of times tables in other ways will also help them, such as through games, chants or using visual resources.

Homework will be handed out on a Friday in their homework books. This is to be returned the following Friday unless stated otherwise. Each week, your child will have either handwriting and maths or reading and curriculum homework. As well as homework, children are expected to read every night and have their reading diary signed. Teachers will be checking diaries each week so it is still important that these are signed.

Reading in Year 4/5

Your child will be able to pick an appropriate book from school to read at home. This will need to be brought to school every day and kept in their bag. Once they have read your book, it is their responsibility to let an adult know they need to change it. When you read at home, every night, please sign your child’s diary and ask your child questions about what you have read, as this will help them to understand the book.

We hope to have a fantastic term and year ahead.

Year 4/5 Team
Miss O’Leary (Class Teacher)
Mrs Walker (Class Teacher)
Mr Fletcher (Teacher)
Mr Foulkes (PE Teacher)
Mrs Potts (Teacher/ Teaching Assistant)
Miss Campbell (Teacher/ Teaching Assistant)

General reminders for parents

• Please make sure your child is wearing the correct, labelled uniform. This includes appropriate footwear. Please tie long hair back. Children are allowed to wear simple gold/silver stud earrings but they must be able to take them out for PE or have them removed before they come to school.
• The children will be doing PE on Wednesday (Miss O’Leary’s class) or Thursday (Mrs Walker’s class). Please ensure your child comes into school in appropriate PE kit.