This week Year 4 have been presented with their long-awaited iPads! The children are thrilled to have access to a whole new way to learn and are already eagerly awaiting their next Kahoot! quiz.
In maths we have been exploring shape, reminding ourselves of the vocabulary and attempting to create 3D shapes from nets. We have also been working hard on non-chronological reports about the Romans, and the children have put a huge amount of effort into creating beautiful pieces of work. Finally, we built our last catapult based on our adapted Roman ballista designs.
Well done for an excellent first term back, and lots more exciting things to come after a well-deserved break!
This week Year 4 have finished reading our class novel ‘The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane’. We really enjoyed it – ask your child about their favourite part! In maths we have been learning the vocabulary associated with word problems and how to apply the correct methods.
In history we covered the fall of the Roman Empire and the complex reasons behind it by having children imagine they were in control of the empire themselves. In science we created our own string telephones and found that they worked far better when the string was pulled taut. We are also in the final stages of designing and making our very own Roman ballistas out of k’nex.
This week Year 4 have been enjoying reading our class novel ‘Edward Tulane’. We have been discussing the experiences of Edward and his journeys the children have written a diary of one of the people he meets. We have been really focusing on fronted adverbials and expanded noun phrases to liven up their writing.
In maths we have begun revising and expanding on column addition and subtraction. Since returning to school, the presentation and fluency of the children has really improved. In history we have continued to look at the Roman Empire and their impact on our lives today. In science we have been using our new understanding of sound to create guitars and explain how to alter the pitch.
Times tables are essential mathematical skills and we teach them in some form every day. With a sound understanding, children are able to progress their numeracy skills and become more confident with numbers.
When it comes to times tables, speed AND accuracy are important. We would like to ask you to help your son/daughter with some times tables practise for 5 minutes a day. There are many websites specifically set up to help children make rapid progress and build their confidence. Here are three that you can use:
When all children have access to their own iPad we will be providing them with a number of additional websites and apps to support their progress. More details will follow. In the time being, you can use a pen and paper, do verbal practise or even sing them.
Any time you can spend supporting your child to improve their times table will make a big difference.