Anne Fine class
Class Teacher: Miss Marfell
Teaching Assistant: Mrs Lisseter
Welcome to our class webpage!
Here you will find lots of information about what we are learning in Year 4.
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Our current mini-mission is...
On Top of the World!
Within this 4 week mini-mission Year 4 have become GEOGRAPHERS! We are learning about mountain formation, and improving our map reading skills. Our English focus is to explore a variety of forms of figurative language, with our end goal to create our own narrative of a journey through a jungle.
To launch our mission, Year 4 were visited by Augustus the tiger, who left a trail of clues around the school to find his book. It was hidden under our sink!
OUR NEXT MISSION IS:
Year 4 Multiplication Check
The purpose of the check is to determine whether pupils can fluently recall their times tables up to 12, which is essential for future success in mathematics. It will also help your child’s school to identify pupils who may need additional support.
What is the MTC?
The MTC is an on-screen check consisting of 25 times tables questions. Your child will answer 3 practice questions before moving on to the official check, and will then have 6 seconds to answer each question. On average, the check should take no longer than 5 minutes to complete.
MTC has been extensively trialled and tested over its development. In March 2018 we ran a trial with over 1000 pupils to establish an appropriate time limit for year 4 pupils to demonstrate fluent recall and give them the time to input their answers. During the national voluntary pilot in June 2019, just under 400,000 children successfully sat the check with the 6-second time limit.
What if my child cannot access the check?
There are a number of accessibility features available in MTC to assist children with special educational needs and disabilities. These were developed with schools and pupils to ensure they do not disadvantage children that require additional support. Schools will be able to try these out with your child to ensure they are appropriate, prior to the check window in June.
However, there are some circumstances in which it may not be appropriate for a pupil to take the check. If you have any concerns about your child being able to access the MTC, you should talk to your child’s headteacher.
Do I need to do anything to prepare my child for the check?
No. You do not need to do anything additional to prepare your child for the check. Teachers may ask you to practise times tables with your child, as they would with spelling.
In terms of preparing pupils for the on-screen nature of the MTC, schools will have access to a ‘try it out’ area from 23 March. They will be able to use this to familiarise pupils with the check, and try out any access arrangements that may be required.
How will the results be used?
Schools will be able to view their results once all participating pupils have taken the check. Schools will then share your child’s score with you, as they would with all national curriculum assessments.
Statistics on MTC data will be published on GOV.UK at a local authority and national level by October. This will help schools understand how they are performing. School and pupil level data will not be published.
Do not worry if your child is not working at the expected standard.
It is important to remember that these results will help teachers identify where your child may need extra help. If you have any questions about your child’s results and what support they might need, you should speak to their teacher.
Across Five Spires Academy we follow Oxford Owl's Read Write Inc. Spelling programme.
Read Write Inc. Spelling is a 15-minute-a-day programme for Years 2 to 6.
Using a proven approach underpinned by phonics, fast–paced lessons and an online subscription, Read Write Inc. Spelling prepares children for the higher demands of the statutory spelling assessments in England.
Children shall be sent home with a spellings to practice every 3-4 weeks, in line with the rate at which they are covering the rules in lessons. They shall then be tested on a range of spellings from this list once they have all been covered.
Year 4 Information
Below is the daily timetable for children in Year 4.
Our current PE day is Monday.
Here is an overview of the mini-missions taught across Year 4.
Here is an overview of how the White Rose Maths scheme is taught across Year 4.