INFORMATION FOR PARENTS
A very warm welcome from Mr Bentham, Miss Roberts and Miss Rushworth! Below you'll find our Autumn Newsletter, highlights of our activities and some essential tips for helping your child make brilliant progress. We're looking forward to a fantastic year of learning!
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 need to be returned every Friday. 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 (scroll down to the bottom of this page). 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.
There will be no Year 4 swimming lessons until we are informed otherwise.
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 at the bottom of this page) 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.
Now scroll down to the bottom of this page for super learning links!...
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).
Click here to see Cedar Tree Class highlights from 2019-2020