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Misty Mountain... an overview!

posted 7 Nov 2017, 03:40 by Anna Rust

Welcome back after half term, our new topic is called Misty Mountain. 
Some of the things we will be covering are outlined below. When supporting your child at home, the websites below may be useful. 

- Locating cities in the UK and countries in the world using atlases
- The water cycle
http://www.kidzone.ws/water/
https://www.natgeokids.com/uk/discover/science/nature/water-cycle/
- Solids, liquids and gases

Maths
- Times tables
https://www.ttrockstars.com/
- Doubling
https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button
- Multiplying numbers using grid method (2 and 3 digit numbers x a 1 digit number)
https://www.mumsnet.com/learning/maths/grid-method-explained 
- Multiplying numbers using vertical method (Y4)
http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks2/maths/number/multiplication_division/read/5/
- Dividing numbers using written methods 

Literacy
- Writing explanations of the water cycle 
- Writing imaginative stories 

Herrings Green Farm trip

posted 6 Oct 2017, 00:25 by Anna Rust

We had a fantastic day on our class trip last week to Herrings Green Farm and Bird of Prey Centre. 
After the excitement of the coach journey, we met the falconers and had an important safety talk. After that, we had the chance to hold a couple of the owls called Oscar and Simba. Then we watched a flying display and were amazed at the speed and size of some of the birds. Before lunch, we also had a tour of the centre and managed to see many of the owls and eagles in their cages. We learned some fascinating facts. After lunch, we played on some of the tyres and then had the amazing opportunity of flying an owl. We stood in a line with a glove on and the owl landed on each of our arms in turn. To finish off the day, we were introduced to the critters and farmyard animals. These ranged from small and spiky like the bearded dragon to large and fluffy like the ponies. 

A few reminders…

posted 25 Sep 2017, 12:55 by Anna Rust

There is the expectation that children read every day (and that Reading Records are signed as evidence).

Well done to the children who consistently meet this expectation. Reading, even for just 10 minutes every day, will have a huge positive impact on your child’s literacy development.

We are trialling a website called Times Table Rockstars to support the learning and fluency of times tables. Children complete the paper quiz frequently in school to track their progress and can access the online activities from home.

Weekly spellings are stuck in your child’s reading record. These should be practised regularly at home. In addition, children should write each of the words in a sentence as a homework task. Children scoring less than half marks will be retested on a Friday.

Predator!

posted 21 Sep 2017, 23:01 by Anna Rust

Welcome back to school for the start of a new academic year. Cedars have got off to a busy start and are really enjoying the Predator topic. Some of the things we have done so far include:

·         Researching a predator of our choice and creating an information leaflet about it

·         Learning about the diets of a variety of animals

·         Creating food chains and labelling these with scientific vocabulary

Elsewhere in the curriculum, we are:

·         Developing our understanding of place value in maths. We are also using Times Tables Rockstars to improve our times tables. 

·         Learning new topic related dance routines.

We are also greatly enjoying learning how to play brass instruments. 

Art

posted 19 Apr 2017, 00:38 by Anna Rust

As part of our art lesson next week (Monday 24th April), we will be creating sculptures in the style of Andy Goldsworthy. It would be very useful if your child could bring in a small collection of 'natural resources' such as sticks, rocks, stones, leaves, fir cones, conkers etc to use during this activity. 

Thank you. 

Happy Easter

posted 3 Apr 2017, 11:42 by Anna Rust

Our 1066 topic has come to an end and now we look forward to our new theme which is 'Tremors'. Over the holidays, it would be very useful if you could collect a few stones/pebbles/rocks - of varying sizes, not too large though! - for an activity on the first day back (Tuesday 18th April).  

1066

posted 5 Mar 2017, 09:37 by Anna Rust

Cedars have started their journey through 1066. We began the topic by learning how a new king was elected. Some of the class gave speeches to persuade the Witan to allow them to be king while the rest of the class made the decision. It was decided, following a vote, that Edgar should be king however in real life we know that Harold Godwinson was chosen.

From this, we have started looking at the Bayeux Tapestry and the events leading up to the Battle of Hastings. Cedars have also found out that during this time, the first castles were built. We researched using the internet to find out facts about the original castles and then turned these facts into an information leaflet.

In maths we are getting very good at using column method to add and subtract and will now move onto applying these skills to problem solving.

Happy Christmas!

posted 20 Dec 2016, 12:16 by Anna Rust

I hope you have a merry Christmas and a happy New Year.
See you back in school on Wednesday 4th January.

Can your child tell the time?

posted 23 Nov 2016, 13:17 by Anna Rust

Recently children in Cedars have been learning to tell the time - a tricky concept which requires a lot of practice.

 

Children in year 3 are expected to be able to:

·       Tell and write the time from an analogue clock (to the nearest minute).

·       Have an understanding of 12-hour and 24-hour clocks.

·       Record and compare time in terms of seconds, minutes and hours.

·       Use vocabulary such as o’clock, a.m./p.m., morning, afternoon, noon and midnight.

Children in year 4 are expected to be able to do all the above plus be confident with converting between analogue and digital times.

Some website which are useful to help your child practice telling the time are:

http://www.topmarks.co.uk/Search.aspx?q=telling%20the%20time

http://primaryhomeworkhelp.co.uk/maths/measures.htm

http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks1/maths/telling_the_time/play/

http://www.maths-games.org/time-games.html




Don't let your food packaging to waste!

posted 4 Nov 2016, 09:21 by Anna Rust

Hi All
This half term we are going to be making our own musical instruments. For this to be possible, we need resources such as...
- Metal food cans (clean, no sharp edges)
- Empty drinks bottles
- Cardboard packaging 
- Clean plastic food packaging/containers e.g. yogurt pots

The more items we get, the more choice the children will have when they make their instruments. Bring the resources into school as and when you can! Thank you. 

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