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Year 4: Birch, Elm

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Weekly Update:  15.11.19


In maths this week we have looked at the perimeter of rectilinear shapes, including ones where they have not been given all the dimensions. 


In English we have been learning a new story - called Daring Dan. Your child has been learning this by heart - ask them to retell it for you. We will use this as a basis for writing our own adventure stories with a superhero.


In Computing we have started to look at Scratch coding - we will be using this to create an online history quiz. Scratch Desktop is available for free if you wish to allow your practise this at home.


Christmas Decorations for DT

We are using our science learning to create electrical Christmas decorations. Each child will make their own decoration, which I am sure they will want to bring home and share. The materials for this cost £1.35, which will shortly appear as payment item on the School Gateway App. 




This needs to be in school every day. PE sessions can change within the timetable to match the weather outside or clashes with other hall use for indoor lessons.




Please encourage your child to read every day at home and to record at least 4/5 episodes in their reading record, which should be brought in to school every day. Reading records are checked on Friday morning. The Accelerated Reader scheme works well for most pupils if they are reading and quizzing about one book per week (less for bigger books!). It is helpful to check if your child has completed a quiz, and for you to ask them the score that they achieved.


Your child has a purple homework book. We have glued in a list of expected Y4 words and a 'menu' of activities for you to work through/from with your child. We suggest that you ask your child to choose 10 words that they find more challenging or tricky and use these words through an activity. Over time, you will cover words from the whole list. Record the activity and attempts in the purple book, which will be acknowledged.


A copy of the list is attached below. (If your child has a slightly different list, don't panic, it is planned!)


We have  given each child a login to Times Tables Rock Stars - an engaging and interactive online 'game' that encourages children to improve their tables accuracy and speed. Please record the dates and how long children practice. We can check scores and progress online. 


IMPORTANT: children need to use the GARAGE section to have their session recorded and reported. After three of these sessions, they can supplement their learning by using the other areas. If three GARAGE sessions are not recorded then children should attend the homework club.


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