Cedar Tree Class - Year 3/4
Cedar Tree Class Blog 2021-2022
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INFORMATION FOR PARENTS
A very warm welcome from Mr Bentham, Miss Sanderson, Miss Hanna and Miss Roberts! 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: Autumn 2021
- Topic: We’ll be learning about the Vikings and Anglo-Saxons… beginning with a trip to the Viking village of Danelaw at Murton Park!
- English: Myths and legends, information texts, newspaper reports, recounts, stories with a familiar setting. Our class reader will be the brilliant ‘The Hundred-Mile-An-Hour Dog' by Jeremy Strong.
- Maths: Number and place value; using efficient strategies for addition, subtraction, division and multiplication; using known facts and skills to solve real life problems.
- Science: Working scientifically; animals and humans.
- Computing: Using Purple Mash to understand online safety, effective searching and email.
- Music: Three Little Birds, improvisation, Christmas songs.
- Art & DT: Artwork linked to Vikings and Anglo-Saxons topic.
- History: Developing chronology and enquiry skills through the study of the Vikings and Anglo-Saxons.
- Geography: Using maps and globes to develop core geographical knowledge.
- PE: Outdoor Adventurous Activities (Fisical sports coach), Handball, swimming (Year 4 only).
- RE: How are important events remembered in ceremonies?
- PSHE: Me and my relationships; Valuing difference.
- French: All About Me (classroom instructions, clothes, colours, actions, my body).
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. Reading scheme books will be changed every Monday - to be finished by the following week. 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 from our class library). Reading records should be brought to school every day.
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. Please ensure your child's clothing is labelled with their name.
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 2 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
Extreme Reading Summer Challenge
Well done to all the children who took part in the Extreme Reading Summer Challenge! Click below to view some spectacular efforts...
First day back...
Welcome to Cedar Tree Class, it's lovely to have everyone back in school! The children have settled well into the classroom routines and it is very pleasing to see new friendships forming already. We're looking forward to a fantastic year of learning!
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