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Not the ideal start to the year with several children being poorly this week, including me, but hopefully that has not stopped us from making more progress in our 2nd week. 

We have started to introduce some really good learning routines into our school week that I hope you continue on with at home. Thank you to all the children who are showing their love for reading by sharing their experiences at home by bringing in their signed diaries each day. 

The Multiplication Tables Check (MTC) is a key stage 2 assessment to be taken by pupils at the end of year 4 (in June).  The purpose of the MTC is to make sure the times tables knowledge is at the expected level.

The MTC is an online test were the pupils are asked 25 questions on times tables 2 to 12. For every question you have 6 seconds to answer and in between the questions there is a 3 second rest. Questions about the 6, 7, 8, 9, and 12 times table come up more often. The questions are generated randomly based on the rules of the MTC.

We are already building on the good work that Miss Clark pushed in Year 3 towards mastering our tables. We take turns in class to access a really good free website that is ideal for practising tables in many different ways.  Please check it out together: www.timestables.co.uk It is brilliant because you can play games or select specific tables to focus on or practise the actual MTC with the 6 second time limit (as you become more confident to do so). 

You will notice that your child has a spelling homework sheet in their bag today.  Full instructions are written on the sheet.  I did suggest  to the children that they might like to store their homework in a file to keep at home so they have an organised record for future reference. They can bring the homework in every Monday and after I have checked it they can have it back.  

We are building up to doing a daily 10 in 10 maths activity which is also being sent home so you can share the progress. Maybe it could also be stored in the file to build up a bank of work to be proud of and share at home together. 

We will be continuing on with place value learning next week.  From this week please check your child can recognise an odd/even number and explain how they know the difference, can they count on and back through 10 and 100 boundaries in steps of 10 and 100 and can they read numbers on a number line (a 3-digit number) e.g an arrow pointing to 165 on a number line with unlabelled increments of 10. Can they tell you what finding the 'product' of two numbers mean? 

We will be starting an English unit focussing on elements of writing to entertain, continuing our guided reading lessons using the text 'October October' and in science we will be starting our topic of materials. Look out for a knowledge organiser early in the week. 

The children had their first outdoor learning lesson with Mr Earle this week.  This continues for the next 5 weeks.  I will make it a blog feature one week to tell you more about it. 

Thank you to the pupils who signed up and attended the after school Y4 Sports and fitness club on Tuesday.  There are still more places available if your child would like to stay on until 4.20pm until half term. 

The secret word is 'readiness'. 

I hope you stay well and have an enjoyable weekend.

From Miss Studley and Miss T.