Welcome to Class 4
As part of Class 4, in years 4 and 5, your child will continue their learning journey and work towards developing their independence and resilience. Working individually and as part of the class, they will be encouraged to use a growth mindset approach to their learning; understanding that mistakes are part of learning that help them improve.
Curriculum Map for Autumn 2023 - click on it to enlarge
Children will have a reading book from the selection of books in class. They may also choose to have a library book. They are expected to read at least 5 times each week at home and this needs to be recorded in their reading diary please. Reading five times at home will earn a ‘Spotted being fantastic’. This might be reading out loud to you, reading out loud together, echoing you reading or sometimes reading silently. Pease record the book’s tile and page number they have read to and sign it.
Discussing key events in the text, new vocabulary and characters’ reasons for their actions are some things that would support your child with developing their comprehension when reading. They could also practise summarising what they have been reading or giving reasons for their predictions about what could happen next.
Above all, it is important that reading is an enjoyable experience and, at this age, it is often when children begin to read from a wider range of genres written by new and exciting authors alongside their favourites.
At school, your child will read regularly to an adult or to the class as part of daily ‘Whole Class Reading’ sessions. They will be working towards reading with fluency using appropriate intonation and expression and will carry out daily activities linked to reading comprehension.
Times tables are key for the development of maths fluency and an important part of Class 4. Children are expected to know all times tables facts up to 12 x 12 and are tested on this at the end of year 4.
All children have logins to Times Tables Rockstars ideally to use for 3 minutes a day. Playing games using ‘Studio’ will earn your child their rock star status and help complete their heatmap where they will be able to see their progress as they learn more facts and become more accurate.
In addition to TTRs, we have in class times tables clubs for each times table or a mixture of times tables depending on where your child is with their times tables’ knowledge. Every week, children challenge themselves to answers 60 questions in 5 minutes.
Children can also choose to come to Times tables Rockstars Club on a Friday lunchtime to practise their times tables.
Learning and using these facts is part of the children’s daily maths activities but children may like to practise at home: