Our Teaching Assistants: Mrs Coutts Mrs Fry Mrs Early Mrs Thompson
- Parents’ guide to the Year 4 curriculum
- Y4 Curriculum Map
- Please see information at bottom of page regarding Year 4 Multiplication Times Table Check
This week's homework
- Log in to Purple Mash and complete the reading activity set as a '2Do' (www.purplemash.com).
- Log in to Times Table Rock Stars and play 3 games (www.ttrockstars.com)
- Copy out your weekly spellings x 5 columns in your red homework book
- Try to read a book from home for at least 10 minutes on 3 occasions - record this in your yellow Reading Record
Weekly Homework Guidance
Further details and links for weekly homework are posted under the subject headings below:
****Please note due to COVID19 we are regularly reviewing and updating the homework we set. It may take the form of an online activity or practising a skill at home. We will set clear expectations each week with the children, and update this page accordingly***
Please note NO homework or spelling books should be brought into school at this time. The children will be given their books, spellings and any necessary login details at the start of each term to take home. Homework will be explained, discussed, reviewed and celebrated in class on a weekly basis.
Please encourage your child to copy out and learn this week's spellings each day, for a total of 5 days every week. There are lots of suggested spelling strategies in their homework books. Spellings are set on a Monday and tested the following Monday morning, so children have one week to learn their words. Please click below to open the spellings below:
From week 3 of Term 1, the reading homework will be available on the Purple Mash website (https://www.purplemash.com) each week. Their homework will be checked by teachers the following Monday.
Your child can find their login details in the front of their red homework book. The weekly tasks can always be found under the '2Do's' tab. Weekly, there will be a chapter to read, a quiz on the chapter, and an optional extra activity.
Please encourage your child to read at least 3 times each week, to an adult where possible, and record this in their yellow Reading Record.
From week 3 onwards, please practice your times tables 3 times every week by using the Times Tables Rockstars game to help you. If you do not wish to play the game, you can practice your times tables in your homework book. Please remember, this is a part of the Year 4 homework and should be completed every week.
Scroll to the bottom of this page to find more information about the Year 4 Multiplication Tables Check.
Oxford Owl - free books
Purple Mash - children will be given their login details - this site includes all curriculum areas
KENKEN PUZZLES - use your logic to solve these problems
MATHS PLAYGROUND - multiplication and division games
TEACHINGTABLES - times tables
MATHS-GAMES.ORG - times table games
CRICKWEB - times tables
ECHALK - times tables
WHAT2LEARN - times tables
Year 4 Multiplication Tables Check
We await further information from the government regarding this year's times table checks for pupils in Year 4 - we will keep you updated. Please find historic information below, which may help you understand how your child participates in these checks.
The government’s new Multiplication Tables Check was intended to be introduced in 2020 for Year 4 children. This online assessment was due to take place in June 2020, but was cancelled due to COVID19.
What do you need to know about the Multiplication Tables Check at Haydonleigh?
1. We love maths - it’s an awesome subject to learn and to teach!
2. Maths is a big subject and we appreciate there’s more to it than times tables and there’s more to times tables than learning them off by heart. However, a lot of the rich, interesting maths is all about number relationships and these are hard to fully grasp without fluent recall of the tables. For that reason, learning the times tables is fundamental – they are a key facilitator in maths - we’ve always believed this.
3. We’re not worried about the checks and they’re not a surprise to Haydonleigh teachers. We’re already in a good place with learning the tables and the expectations are in line with the National Curriculum, so it’s business as usual for us!
4. The checks become compulsory in June 2020. They will be done within a three-week-long window starting on 8th June.
5. The results of the check are not published publicly, there’s no pass or fail, there’s just a score out of 25 marks. Your child’s score will be reported to you later in the year.
6. The checks consist of 25 questions. The questions will only be multiplication and they will go up to 12×12. There’s nothing novel about the questions and they don’t require any problem solving.
7. The checks are all about remembering the multiplication facts. That doesn’t mean we’ll forget all about the concepts, patterns, structures and relationships in multiplication. We’re going to be learning those too, partly because they go hand in hand with excellent recall.
8. There are concerns shared in the public domain that this is “yet another test”. The government has been careful to call it a “check” and that’s what it is, a pit-stop check. The check will tell us which multiplication facts the children are not yet secure with, so we can address these in school.
9. The questions are relatively simple, age appropriate, and the test only takes 2½ minutes.
10. We don’t wish the checks to be stressful for our pupils. For that reason, we will actively downplay the checks in school and won’t repeatedly refer to the checks in class. Please be supportive and refrain from referring too often to the checks at home too.
11. As far as our pupils are concerned, when it comes to the day itself, they’re going to have the computers or tablets to rehearse their times tables. This is something we often do, especially with Times Table Rock Stars, so the children will notice little difference on the day.
12. Your child will have had opportunities to practise using the software in school, so will be familiar with the format before the check itself.
13. If you are practising with your child, remember you’re practising for the benefit of their wider maths education, not for them to get a high score on a test.
14. Please be supportive of our approach -it’s important that we get behind the checks for the benefit of all our children.
How can you further support your child?
Please do encourage your child to play Times Tables Rock Stars at home. All children have been given a username and password for this excellent website. The ‘Soundcheck’ option in the game is a great place to practise for the check. We love to celebrate the effort children put in to further improve their maths, at school and at home, especially those who find their times tables tricky. This demonstrates a great growth mindset and builds their overall confidence in maths.
If you do wish to practise with your child at home, you’ll find further suggested activities on the Year 4 webpage, under the ‘links’ section. Even fun activities such as playing board/ card games, baking and shopping will help your child’s confidence in maths grow.
Should you have any questions about the Multiplication Tables Check, please see your child’s class teacher.