Cedar Tree Class - Year 3/4
Cedar Tree Class Blog 2020-2021
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INFORMATION FOR PARENTS
A very warm welcome from Mr Bentham, Miss Roberts and Miss Rushworth! Below you'll find some essential tips for helping your child make brilliant progress. We're looking forward to a fantastic year of learning!
Curriculum overview: Summer 2021
- Topic: We'll be finishing off our topic on 'Volcanoes and Fossils', before moving on to 'Stone Age to Iron Age'.
- English: Persuasive texts, stories with issues and dilemmas, instructions and diaries. Our class reader will be the wonderful ‘Stig of the Dump' by Clive King.
- Maths: Calculation methods, problem solving, decimals, statistics, time, shape, mass and capacity.
- Science: Sound and Plants.
- Computing: Spreadsheets and Graphing.
- Music: Rhythm and chime bars (specialist music teacher); Songs with morals.
- Art & DT: Artwork linked to Stone Age topic.
- History: Developing chronology and enquiry skills through the study of early history.
- PE: Skipping, cricket and swimming (Year 4 only).
- RE: What do Christians believe about a good life?; What do creation stories tell us?
- French: Body parts; Months of the year.
This year, alongside the school curriculum we plan to focus on...
- Reading for pleasure – sharing book tips with our friends and discovering new favourite writers.
- Becoming more resilient by taking risks with our learning – both inside and outside the classroom (e.g. through school trips).
- Reflecting on our work and learning from our mistakes (FAIL = First Attempt In Learning!).
- Learning our times tables.
- Improving our handwriting.
HOME READING: This will be central to your child’s learning this year. The expectation in Years 3 and 4 is that children read for 10-15 minutes at least 5 times per week – the class with the most children reading 5 times a week wins the Extreme Reading award! Reading scheme books will be handed out every Monday and brought to school every day. Please record the book and page number in your child’s reading record (you are welcome to include books from home and 'free choice' books).
HOMEWORK: English and maths homework is given every Friday – to be returned by the following Wednesday. Please encourage your child to check the basics carefully (neat handwriting, capital letters, full stops) and to take pride in their presentation.
TIMES TABLES: Instant recall of all times tables up to x12 is a crucial foundation of mathematics. This year, the government is introducing a statutory Multiplication Tables Check for Year 4s around the country. We strongly advise regular practice at home for Years 3 and 4 - this could include chanting, copying them out, being tested by an adult, or using online resources - e.g. TT Rockstars, Hit the Button, Mathletics, Maths Frame, or Topmarks. Squeebles is also a very popular and effective app used by parents for maths (and spellings!).
SPELLINGS: These are given every Friday and tested the following Friday. Children can also learn the various Word Walls of essential high-frequency spellings by logging onto our Spelling App (see below). Log-in details are in the back of their reading record.
PE: Cedar Tree Class have PE every Wednesday and Friday. On these days, children should arrive in school in their PE kits and will stay in their kits all day. Children may also wear a school jumper or plain hoodie.
HOW TO HELP YOUR CHILD MAKE
- Read with them every day, asking lots of questions to check their understanding and discussing tricky vocabulary.
- Help your child learn all their times tables. Regular use of TT Rockstars, Mathletics, Hit the Button or Squeebles can be a huge help here.
- Encourage them to earn all their gold bars on Mathletics – which covers the majority of the maths curriculum. They can win a gold bar by achieving at least 85% on a task.
- Encourage use of the school’s Spelling App (log in below) to practise Word Walls 1 to 4 for essential high-frequency words.
- Help your child to reflect on their homework by looking back on aspects they found tricky or doing extra research on areas they are curious about.
LINKS FOR OUTSTANDING HOME LEARNING
Boudicca research (6/11/20)
Well done to everyone who's been working hard on their home learning activities! Have a look at Oscar's fantastic PowerPoint presentation on the Celtic warrior Queen Boudicca...
We hope you and your families are all well. We're looking forward to seeing you all back in school next week!
It was a real pleasure chatting to parents and carers this week - over the phone instead of our usual Parents' Evening in school. The children have all been working hard and have settled in really well, so it was great to share the good news and to receive positive feedback from families! Many parents have asked how they can support their child's learning at home, so I'd like to reiterate some of the resources and strategies available...
MATHS: Hit the Button, TT Rockstars and Mathletics are all fabulous websites. Quickfire mental maths is one of the areas that has been hardest hit by the lockdown, so any extra addition / subtraction or multiplication / division questions will provide a big boost.
If you'd like to download Times Tables Awards practice sheets, you can click below...
Don't forget, next summer Year 4 will be taking part in the MTC - the new Multiplication Tables Check introduced by the government. They will be expected to know ALL times tables at speed!
SPELLING: Every child has a password for the Rufford Park Spelling App in the back of their reading record (they can log-in from this page). I'd recommend Word Walls 2, 3 and 4 as the most useful activities.
READING TIP: The children who make the best progress with their reading often have two things in common... they read for pleasure and also experience regular 'book chat' with an adult. Discussing vocabulary and comprehension (e.g. "How do you think the character is feeling?"... "Why do you think the character did that?"... "What do you think will happen next?") can make a huge difference!
Feel free to contact me via the school office if there's anything else I can do to support your child's learning!
Many thanks to Sam and Jacob from Fisical Sports Coaching who have been joining us each week as part of our PE topic on football. We've learnt lots of new skills!
Healthy food investigation
As part of our science topic on 'animals including humans', Cedar Tree Class have been learning how to read the ingredients and traffic light labels on food packaging. We were surprised to discover how many products were only 'pretending' to be healthy!
Roman artefacts workshop
This week we became 'history detectives' by studying replicas of Roman artefacts discovered by archaeologists. We found many clues about the beliefs and lives of the Ancient Romans by looking at rings, coins, a decorated spoon, a torc (bangle) and a miniature soldier's helmet. One of our classmates also brought in some REAL Roman coins for us to study (pictured above)... they were around 2000 years old! At the end of the day, every child took home a replica of a Roman coin with the face of Julius Caesar.
Roman oil lamps
We enjoyed painting the Roman oil lamps we made out of clay at Murton Park! The Romans did not have electric lights, so the lamps would have been really useful after dark...
Romans trip, Murton Park
Years 3 and 4 had a brilliant day out, travelling back in time 2000 years to the Roman fort of Brigantium at Murton Park - where we trained to become auxiliary legionary soldiers!
The children each signed a contract for 25 years of military service using Roman letters and numerals, made oil lamps from clay, learnt how to march in formation, received weapons training in the use of shields, swords and spears... and even fought off an attack from a disgruntled Celt!
We hope you enjoy the pictures below (click to enlarge).
Cedar Tree Class 2020-2021
Welcome to Cedar Tree Class! It's so lovely to have everyone back in school, enjoying learning again. Everyone has settled well into the classroom routines and it is very pleasing to see new friendships forming already. We're all looking forward to a fantastic year of learning!
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