All children now have log-in details to access 'Times Table Rockstars' on a computer. This is a fantastic website that operates in a similar way to sumdog, but just focuses on times tables. This will help supplement our in-school tests and will boost confidence for children at every level.
Another app that looks lots of fun and a great way to learn times tables. It can be found in the app store. It's called mathsrockx.
We expect all our children to read every evening and at least once over the weekend. In Year 4, 15 minutes should be a minimum but, if your child can't put their book down because they are so engrossed, that's the magic of reading. Please ensure you sign the reading logs to confirm this reading is taking place. We visit the school library once a week and regularly update the children's Oxford Reading Tree books every week on Mondays.
Within your child's reading journal you will find this terms reading challenge card. This card challenges the children to read a variety of texts from different authors.
Here is my top 10 list of must-read books for any Y4 child:
1. War Game - Michael Foreman - amazing illustrated account of WW1 and that famous Christmas truce with football.
2. The Worst Witch - Jill Murphy - climb aboard for broomstick mayhem.
3. Fairy Tales - Terry Jones - updated, with a twist, traditional tales, told in a modern style.
4. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl - forget the film, the book is infinitely more brilliant.
5. Diary of a Wimpey Kid - Jeff Kinney - yes it's full of Americanisms, but a truly funny book.
6. Up for the Cup - Simon Bartram - Seaburn City's star player Julio Poom faces a crisis of confidence as the team count down to cup glory.
7. It Was A Dark and Stormy Night - Allan Ahlberg - beautifully told story of brigands and a boy.
8. The Iron Man - Ted Hughes - one of the greatest opening chapters in children's literature.
9. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe - C S Lewis - heart-rending tale of hope - in the darkest of times.
10. Charlotte's Web - E B White - another modern classic of a pig, a spider and a girl.
Spellings are handed out on a Wednesday ready to be tested the following Wednesday.
Where necessary, additional homework such as handwriting or times tables practise will be handed out on a Friday.
Along with our spelling lists and weekly tests we will also make sure that basic spellings, that do not follow set rules or can not be spelt phonetically, are secure. Please find a full list below.