Cedar Tree Class - Year 3/4
A very warm welcome from Mr Bentham and Miss Roberts! Below you'll find 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 - click here to read our Cedar Tree Class Autumn newsletter!
Or click here to read our Spring newsletter.
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 or drama).
- 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 trophy in Friday assembly! Reading scheme books are changed every Monday. 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). There are house points and prizes for the children who try the hardest each week!
HOMEWORK: English and maths homework is given every Friday – to be returned by the following Thursday. 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 introduced a statutory Multiplication Tables Check for Year 4s around the country (currenlty suspended due to the Corona virus). 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 from this page (log-in details are in the back of their reading record).
PE: On Wednesdays, Cedar Tree Class have PE with Mr Bentham. Every Friday, Year 4 go swimming at Aireborough Leisure Centre. During this time, Year 3 have their PE lesson with our Deputy Headteacher Miss Tidey. As timetables can change, please ensure your child brings their PE kit (including trainers) every Monday – they can be taken home at the weekend for washing.
HOW TO HELP YOUR CHILD MAKE
- Read with them every day, asking lots of questions to check their understanding and discussing tricky vocabulary. Ask your child if they won a house point for their reading last week!
- 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 above) - 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.
School Closure: Working from Home Updates
Please check this area every Thursday for an update on work and well-being from Mr Bentham.
To make it easier for you to access each week's update, they will now all be separate links. Click on the links below to view.
For morning reading, children can use their own books from home, or the Oxford Owl e-books accessed at: www.oxfordowl.co.uk/please-log-in?open_loginbox=true
You’ll need to click on the pink ‘My class login’ button, before entering the username and password below – then select your child’s age group.
India Music Workshop
Cedar Tree Class took part in a fantastic Indian music and storytelling workshop led by Lorraine from Leeds ArtForms. It was a very enjoyable conclusion to our topic on India and Fairtrade!
Year 4 did us proud at the annual skipping festival at Leeds Trinity University, securing several gold, silver and bronze certificates. Well done Team Rufford!
World Book Day
We had a fantastic time on World Book Day! The theme this year was ‘bedtime stories’ – the children dressed up (or rather, down) and enjoyed biscuits and hot chocolate while listening to brilliant stories by Andy Stanton (Mr Gum) and Louis Sachar (Sideways Stories From Wayside School). We all love a good bedtime story!
Another author visit!
In the week leading up to World Book Day, we were fortunate to have a visit from award-winning author Phil Earle! Phil talked to the children about his journey to becoming a professional author and revealed some of the inspirations for his most popular books. The children also had the opportunity to take part in a book-signing after his talk.
Geography / Fairtrade research project
Thank you for all your fantastic research and presentation for the Geography / Fairtrade challenge. We were seriously impressed by the amount of effort and creativity that went into your work!
Fairtrade Tea Negotiation Game
We played the ‘Fairtrade Tea Negotiation Game’ to learn how farmers and producers work together to achieve fairer prices for their goods.
Reading for Pleasure
Cedar Tree Class have been recommending their favourite books! How many have you read?
In January, the Year 4s had a visit from Jodi to receive some expert tips and help prepare us for our upcoming skipping festival!
KS2 Christmas Play
Well done to everyone for a fantastic performance in our KS2 Christmas Play – A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens! (Click below to enlarge a picture)
Check out these fantastic Viking longships we made in DT!
Children in Need
We had a non-uniform day in November to raise money for Children In Need. In total, our school raised a fantastic £306.95. Well done everyone!
Saviour Pirotta author visit
To help announce the first winners of our Extreme Reading Challenge, we were delighted to welcome back our Patron of Reading, author Saviour Pirotta. Cedar Tree Class loved hearing his stories and many children also took part in a book-signing session after lunch. Saviour has published over 100 books, selling 4 million copies around the world and we are very grateful for his time and continued support at Rufford Park.
Cedar Tree Class carried out a science experiment to investigate how the Vikings might have turned cream into butter! We split into five different groups who shook the cream, stirred it slowly, stirred it quickly, cooled it and heated it. The group who shook the cream created the best butter!
World History Timeline
We created a timeline of world history using the benches in the hall. Next we took a photo of our timeline and labelled it with key events.
Shakespeare Schools Festival 2019
A huge congratulations to our Year 4 members of Drama Club, who gave an outstanding performance of Twelfth Night at the University of Leeds theatre, Stage@Leeds! Following four months of after-school rehearsals, they acted, danced and cartwheeled brilliantly in front of 200 paying members of the public as part of the Shakespeare Schools Festival 2019 - the biggest youth drama festival in the world.
Trip to Danelaw, 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).
Cedar Tree Class enjoyed a visit from historical drama group Tempus Fugit this week, as part of our topic on the Vikings and Anglo-Saxons. The children learnt about life over a thousand years ago, while singing songs and joining in with a performance of 'Thor's Hammer', a famous Viking legend.
Welcome to Cedar Tree Class
We've had a busy couple of weeks and the children have got off to a fantastic start! I've been particularly impressed with the amount of reading at home. Whoever tries hardest with their home reading gets their photo added to the 'Reader of the Week' display and wins a special prize...