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Year 4: Birch, Elm

Weekly update 24.1.20


We have been busy in maths this week looking at written methods for dividing 3 digit by 1 digit numbers, using  written methods. Next week we will complete our current block with an assessment.


In English, the children completed their dragon stories, and completed some fabulous watercolour paintings of sea dragons as part of our wider topic.


Next week we will continue our study of the digestive system with a visit from a dental hygienist. These sessions will look at healthy teeth development and care. This follows our own experiments in class to investigate how popular drinks can affect tooth enamel.


HEAD LICE - please check your child's hair and treat accordingly if lice or eggs (nits) are found.


Please see these updated notes for homework:



Reading:  We expect the children to read at least 5 times a week.  They will have a reading book based on their Accelerated reading zone but can also read other chosen books at home. 


Spellings:  We don't set weekly spellings but expect the children to practise their age related list of common exception words which they were given last term. There is also a PDF version below.  Aim for 5-10 a week. 



All Year 4 children will complete a statutory, national multiplication tables test in the summer term. Pupils should use the Soundcheck section of Times Tables Rock Stars as this will replicate the speed and layout of the national test. We will use this to test the children each week in school.


We understand that 3 Garage sessions on Times Table RockStars can be completed very quickly, and so we are recommending that children complete 10 Soundcheck games each week.  It might be best to spread this out over the week rather than in one single session.


Some children complete more than this and are consequently improving their times table recall much quicker.  We monitor accuracy as well as the amount of questions completed in each session - some pupils complete 12 questions but only get 1 correct.  Ensure you watch your child do a few sessions each week to support them if they are finding some hard to recall.  Avoid random guessing!


Please record in purple books and reading logs as normal.  We will be running our Friday homework club as before. 


Thank you. 

Mr Newberry, Mrs Glasby, Mrs Chappell and Mrs Bretherick.


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