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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 Hanna, Mrs Carter 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: Summer 2022

  • Topic: We’ll be learning about the Ancient Egyptians.
  • English: Stories with historical settings, letters, diaries, leaflets.
  • Maths: Decimals (including money), mass, capacity, time, statistics, properties of shape, position and direction.
  • Science: Forces and magnets; Light.
  • Computing: The Internet; Repetition in games (programming).
  • Music: Weekly singing assembly; Composition and notation with peripatetic teacher; Queen’s Jubilee; the Big Sing.
  • Art & DT: Activities linked to Ancient Egyptians topic; ALPT art exhibition; Trip to Leeds Art Gallery.
  • History: Ancient Egyptians.
  • Geography: Using atlases, globes and digital technology to develop core geographical knowledge; Understanding the importance of the River Nile to Egyptians.
  • PE: Hockey, athletics, rounders, lacrosse, skipping, swimming (Year 4 only).
  • RE: Why are gurus at the heart of Sikh belief and practice?
  • PSHE: Being my best; Growing and changing.
  • French: Holidays and hobbies; Recap of prior learning.

This year, alongside the school curriculum we plan to focus on...

  1. Reading for pleasure – sharing book tips with our friends and discovering new favourite writers. 
  2. Becoming more resilient by taking risks with our learning – both inside and outside the classroom (e.g. through school trips). 
  3. Reflecting on our work and learning from our mistakes (FAIL = First Attempt In Learning!). 
  4. Learning our times tables.
  5. Improving our handwriting.

ROUTINES

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 RockstarsHit the Button, 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
OUTSTANDING PROGRESS

  1. Read with them every day, asking lots of questions to check their understanding and discussing tricky vocabulary.
  2. Help your child learn all their times tables. Regular use of TT RockstarsHit the Button or Squeebles can be a huge help here.
  3. Encourage use of the school’s Spelling App (log in below) to practise Word Walls 2, 3 and 4 for essential high-frequency words.
  4. 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

SPELLING APP!

CLASS HIGHLIGHTS

Art trip to Rawdon Billing

Cedar Tree had a brilliant trip to the picturesque Rawdon Billing! Inspired by 'land artist' Andy Goldsworthy, we collected natural materials, before spelling out the name of our class in Ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs. We also carried out some litter-picking along the way.

Photographs of our work will be displayed at Guiseley Theatre from 25th June to 2nd July as part of the ALPT art exhibition: OUT FOR A WALK. Click below to view our gallery.

Ancient Egyptians: archaeological hunt

We kicked off our summer topic on the Ancient Egyptians with an archaeological hunt around the school grounds! The children discovered replicas of eight artefacts – including a canopic jar, a bronze ankh and an ancient coin from the reign of Cleopatra VII. Our ‘history detectives’ carefully isolated the site of each find, before using the artefacts to make inferences about the lives and beliefs of the Ancient Egyptians. We also explored the differences between primary and secondary sources of history.

In July, we’ll be going on a trip to see a 3000-year old mummy named Nesyamun, as part of an Ancient Egyptian workshop at Leeds City Museum.

Year 4 Residential to Ilkley

Year 4 had a BRILLIANT time at our annual residential to Nell Bank in Ilkley! Click here to view our brilliant gallery. The children took part in a range of exciting outdoor activities linked to our science, geography and PSHE curriculum, including...

  • A nature walk at Otley Chevin Forest Park
  • A hike across Ilkley Moor
  • Pond dipping
  • A mini-beast hunt
  • Orienteering
  • Adventure playground
  • A moonlight walk in search of nocturnal creatures (followed by hot chocolate!)
  • A variety of fun team-building games

Many thanks to all the staff at Rufford and Nell Bank for making this happen!

Year 3 Day Trip to Nell Bank

Year 3 had a BRILLIANT day out during our sunny trip to Nell Bank in Ilkley! Click here to view our fantastic gallery! The children took part in a range of exciting outdoor activities, including a nature walk in Middleton Woods, pond dipping, a mini-beast hunt and orienteering. We can't wait to return next year for our annual Year 4 residential!

World Book Day

Cedar Tree Class had a brilliant time dressing up for World Book Day! We had a parade in the hall, took part in a 'book swap' and enjoyed learning about the life and works of Roald Dahl. Don't forget to spend your World Book Day vouchers!

National Storytelling Week

To celebrate National Storytelling Week, Cedar Tree Class have been recommending their favourite books to their classmates... how many have YOU read? We enjoyed taking part in DEAR (Drop Everything And Read) every time the school bell rang out, and also had a brilliant afternoon of entertainment with storyteller and former Emmerdale actress Ursula Holden Gill!

Music lessons with Mr Jennings

Cedar Tree Class have been enjoying our music lessons with our peripatetic teacher, Mr Jennings. Last week we studied composition and notation - using chime bars to compose our own ring tones before performing them to the class.

Academy of Northern Ballet at Rufford Park

We were delighted to host a workshop run by the renowned Academy of Northern Ballet, based in central Leeds. With the accompaniment of a live pianist, the children had lots of fun performing a sequence of ballet moves – including the arabesque and tendu.

Viking trip to Murton Park

Years 3 and 4 had a brilliant day out, travelling back in time to the land of Danelaw at Murton Park near York - where we learnt to live the life of Vikings! The children farmed the land, guarded the village from Anglo-Saxons, ground flour using a millstone, baked biscuits, collected firewood, created their own pottery... and much more besides! We hope you enjoy the pictures below (click to enlarge).

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!

Click here and here for last year's highlights...

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