Preparation for Upper Key Stage Two
Year 4 is the place to be for all the times tables fans! This year is another key step in a child’s journey through primary school and it is full of great opportunities to capture their imagination and develop their ability. By Year 4, the children have already learnt so much and we continue this. This year is about the children growing in independence and being able to select their own resources for their lessons.
In English, the children explore a range of texts, both fiction and non-fiction and produce narratives, diary entries and persuasive leaflets to name just a few. We focus on key grammatical skills and ensuring that children move into Year 5 with a secure understanding of them.
In Year 4, the children get the wonderful opportunity to complete a Times Tables Test. This is the first major landmark in Key Stage 2. At the end of the year, they should leave fully equipped with 12 times tables learnt and an appetite to use them in their Upper Key Stage 2 maths lessons!
The children also complete our wider curriculum lessons, take a look below at some of the exciting activities we have for History, Geography, Science and P.E!
Supporting your child
Please see the resources that we think might support your Year 4 child excel with their learning at home.
It is incredibly important for the children to continue their learning outside of the classroom, often being the place, they put it all into practice. We expect your child to be able to read, independently or with an adult if possible, for 30 minutes every day. The children will at this stage most likely bring home two books to be able to choose their reading for the evening. Reading at home is vital and makes such a difference to a child’s reading age and fluency.
In Year 4, we need to consolidate the learning from KS1 as well as discover new language from the Year 3 and 4 statutory spelling list. Spelling is taught through the Rising Stars programme and weekly patterns will be taught in class. Please see the documents attached to revise the new spellings.
With this being such a key year for times tables, the children are expected to be learning them at home, aiming to increase their recall across the year. We use Tackling Tables to support the teaching of times tables both in school and at home. This website or app allows the children to move through their next set of times tables and tests them against the clock, a very exciting feature! The children can also access other superb websites such as hit the button and times tables checker which gives a good idea of how they are getting on!