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Welcome to Year 4!
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Things to do at home
Supporting your child’s reading is one of the most valuable things a parent can do to help with their child’s education. Children will be sent home with a school reading book, that they should be able to share with an adult. Please encourage your child to read to you for 20 – 30 minutes each night in a quiet place away from any distractions. It is also important to ask your child questions about what they have read, as this will help their understanding and improve their creative writing skills. It is also an idea to have a dictionary with you when you are reading; children can look up the definitions of challenging words as well developing their dictionary skills.
We teach children to see writing as a means of communicating to people for a real reason. You can encourage and support your child to write by letting him/her see you and others as writers e.g. shopping lists, notes etc. A family message board is also a good idea.
Please encourage your child to write for a variety of real reasons:
- Postcards and greetings cards
- Thank you letters/notes
A diary encourages your child to use writing and express feelings.
Children enjoy writing creatively. They may wish to write -
Talk to your child about their writing at school and discuss ideas with them. Children love to share their writing. Valuing your child's work will encourage them to become enthusiastic and confident writers.
The maths work your child is doing at school may look very difficult to the kind of 'sums' you remember.
Discussing the efficiency and suitability of different strategies is an important part of maths lessons. Ask your child to explain their thinking.
When faced with a calculation problem, encourage your child to ask:
- Can I do this in my head?
- Could I do this in my head using drawings or jottings to help me?
- Do I need to use a formal method?
Also, help your child to estimate and then check their answer. Encourage them to ask:
Is the answer sensible?
Real life problems
- Go shopping with your child to buy two or three items. Ask them to work out the total amount spent and how much change they will get.
- Buy some items with a percentage extra free. Help your child to calculate how much of the product is free.
- Plan an outing during the holidays. Ask your child to think about what time you will need to set off and how much money you will need to take.
- Use a TV guide. Ask your child to work out the length of their favourite programmes. Can they calculate how long they spend watching TV each day/each week?
- Use a bus or train timetable. Ask your child to work out how long a journey between two places should take? Go on the journey. Do you arrive earlier or later than expected? How much earlier/later?
- Help your child to scale a recipe up or down to feed the right amount of people.
- Work together to plan a party or meal on a budget.
These are just a few ideas to give you a starting point. Try to involve your child in as many problem-solving activities as possible. The more 'real' a problem is, the more motivated they will be when trying to solve it. It is very important that children can apply the skills they are learning in school to real-life problems.
The websites listed below will help your child to learn the multiplication and division facts for multiplication tables up to 12 x 12:
By the end of year 4, children are now expected to know the multiplication tables up to 12 x 12!