Year Group Pages at Unsworth Primary School
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Year 4

In Year 4 children are encouraged to work with increasing independence. Children are encouraged to choose their own resources to complete tasks. They use the displays to assist them with their learning eg. using spelling displays, number facts, ideas for writing inspiration and examples of shared pieces of work.

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Day to Day Routines

  • Home reading and library books are changed on a Wednesday.
  • P.E. takes place on a Monday (am) and Friday (pm).
  • Homework will be given out on a Friday and returned a week on Wednesday, giving children one full week and 2 days to complete.
  • Spelling record books will be returned and assessed on a Friday.
  • Children wash hands when entering school in the morning, after morning break, after lunchtime & the end of the day. Hand sanitizer is used throughout the day.
  • Children use the year 4/5 sink in the morning and year 3 sink at lunchtimes.
  • Children enter school through their classroom external door.

Times Tables Check

What is the times tables check?

The Year 4 Times Tables Test, known by the government and schools as the Year 4 Multiplication Tables Check, is an annual check that Year 4s in England have to see if they have a good level of times tables knowledge. Each child’s results will be known to the school and the government will have a national picture. However there will be no publication of a school’s times table tests results and they will not be one of the school’s accountability measures.

The Year 4 Times Tables Test is an online test with 25 questions; children must answer each question within 6 seconds so the whole test will take less than 5 minutes. All primary school-aged children are expected to know their times tables up to 12 x 12 by heart. In fact, they are expected to have mastered their times tables by the end of Year 4.

How will the times table test questions be selected?

The questions will be randomly selected by the testing programme from 121 different options, ranging from 2 x 2 = up to 12 x 12. The test’s software has been programmed to show children more questions from the 6, 7, 8, 9 and 12 times tables, as these are trickier times tables focused on more in Years 3 and 4. (The 2s, 5s and 10s are more of a focus in Years 1 and 2.)

Another point to note is that if children are shown a multiplication one way round, for example, 6 x 7, they will not be later tested on the multiplication inverted – so, with the example provided the child would not be asked 7 x 6 later on in their set of 25 questions.

What can you do to help your child prepare for their times tables test?

We recommend lots of of strategies to support your child in the run-up to the times tables test:

  • Times tables chanting: “6, 12, 18, 24…”;
  • Times tables chanting in reverse order: “108, 99, 90, 81…”;
  • Using times tables songs, like Schoolhouse Rock’s ‘3 is A Magic Number’;
  • Using apps – our favourites are Times Tables Rock Stars or Hit the Button
  • Asking your child multiplication calculations out of order, like: “What is 4 x 7? What is 9 x 5? What is 6 x 11?”;
  • Using pasta pieces or pebbles to show groups of numbers representing times tables, e.g. four groups of three pasta shells to show 3 x 4 = 12;

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