Dear Year 4,
More snow! You must be working super hard! We have seen so much amazing learning going on and have given out a record number of Raffle Tickets this week so keep it up. Don't tell anyone but we are declaring Monday an unofficial Snow Day in Year 4! We have of course put learning up but we all need a lift during the current circumstances so we hope you enjoy yourself with playing in the snow for a bit. Monday's learning is all stand alone lessons so if some of it doesn't get done it really won't matter. We will then pick it up again on Tuesday. There is of course still plenty available for you to do tomorrow if that is best for you and your family.
As we are doing the weekly videos, I will try to keep it brief on here. Thank you so much again for all the emails we've had in this week, Year4@cedarpark.bucks.sch.uk. We will continue to post lots of the Home Learning you share with us and I know Mrs Gow has enjoyed seeing your baking. This week, she and Miss Campanini have put lots about Writing in the Newsletter so be sure to take a look. We have added some Parent Guides on Reading and Writing to the Class Page which you mind find helpful whilst managing Home Learning. If you ever forget usernames/passwords then just email us and we can help you out.
Take care, stay safe and go and enjoy the snow!
Mr Smith and Mrs Carmichael
Happy New Year!
Firstly many thanks for the Christmas Chocolates and Vouchers that we received. It is always lovely to receive such generous gifts so thank you very much. It was such a shame that we made it right until the end of term before our Bubble Burst and we had to isolate over Christmas but we do hope you made the most of the situation. I know I ate too much cheese and chocolate and not being able to get out for a walk didn't help! We hope you had a safe and healthy Christmas and come back raring to go. We will continue to add remote learning at the top of the page for if individuals or the whole class is off. Here's to a much better 2021!
Updated 05.01.20: We will skip over the last update as it didn't last for long! Once we return to school we will remind everyone of days for things but these are some updates for during the school closure. We will update the remote learning and aim to get it on the night before for those that like to get it ready. The learning for the week will be on the page above and then each week we will archive it in the weekly folders but you will still be able to access it. The class email is up and running again so please send in any work you wish to share and if you have any questions about the learning do ask. We will post some of the children's learning they send us in the above section on the class page so we can see what we've all been up to. We will also continue to hand out Raffle Tickets for excellent work which the children can redeem when we return. These are tough times and we know we will all have good days, bad days and indifferent days. Please don't feel everything we put on for the learning must be done. Please just do your best and look after yourselves. Take care and hopefully see you all soon.
Spellings will continue to be tested on a Wednesday and a new list handed out.
Cracking Times Tables will continue to be tested on a Thursday.
Our PE slots for this term will be on a Tuesday and Thursday. Tuesdays will be the Year 3/4 bubble's day in the Hall so we will have a small assembly that morning and the use of the Hall for PE in the afternoon. We will be swimming on Thursdays for the whole of the Spring term so please make sure all swimming kit is brought in on Thursdays. As we will continue to not be in school uniform, the children will need to be in suitable clothing for doing PE on the days they have it and please be aware we will sometimes be outside so layers are good. Earrings must be taken out for PE and we would thoroughly recommend not wearing them on days when there is PE.
The Spring Curriculum News, available below soon, outlines the topics we will be focusing on in each area of the curriculum during the Spring Term. We hope you will continue to support your children at home with Home Learning activities, especially reading, spellings and learning multiplication tables. There is the National Times Tables test for Year 4s at the end of the year (postponed but we may still do the unofficial one) so that is something we will hope to do really well in as a class. Outside of the above, we will set 2 pieces of Home Learning a week and we would expect the children to spend about 20 minutes on each. Maths will be set on a Wednesday for the following Monday and English set on a Friday for the following Wednesday. Home learning will be quarantined once handed in so please make sure it is handed in on time as anything late impacts on when feedback can be given. The Home Learning tasks will be explained in class each week and the resources will be in the Remote Learning section at the top of the page.
There will be regular Home Learning as mentioned above and we often follow this up in class so please ensure your child completes tasks by the given deadlines. Children should write Home Learning tasks and any reminders in their Home Learning Diary every day. If there is no Home Learning they should write “No HL” so parents know they haven’t just forgotten to write it down! Please sign the diaries during the week as these will be collected in on a Friday, to be quarantined, and checked on Monday each week. This is an excellent way to communicate too, so feel free to send any non-urgent messages using it. Diaries should still be in school every day.
- Please note that Gym and Dance inside will be done in bare feet unless there is a medical need for shoes to be worn in which case a letter detailing this will be required.
- We remind you that children are expected to set a good example and look smart at all times. This remains the case even without the school uniform requirement at present. Hair should be tied back with plain hair ties and clips of a colour which blends in with school uniform. Ear studs are permitted as the only type of jewelery but nothing else. Parents are asked to continue to read and discuss texts with children and record a minimum of 4 sessions a week in the Reading Record Book. Reading Records will be checked on Mondays but will need to be handed in on a Friday so that they can be quarantined over the weekend. We are trying something slightly different this year so there is a different look to the Reading Record and it includes suggested activities that can be done. We will visit the Library when it is our turn on the rota so children will always have the opportunity to change their books and we also have a range of books in the classroom. We can’t stress enough the importance of reading and the understanding of reading as it is vital to access so much of the curriculum.
Pencil Cases - Pencil cases will not be required in school as per the message at the end of the summer term. Please send your child in with the equipment they need and we will then provide a ziplock wallet for them to store their equipment in. This makes wiping down of equipment far easier so we thank you for your help with this. Whilst we have spares, we please ask that your child has all the equipment needed and spares as we want to minimise the amount of sharing of resources where possible.
Finally, please communicate with us as it is important that your child is happy in school and making good progress. This is more difficult than normal in the current climate but please contact the office via phone or email and we will ring back as soon as possible.
Mr Smith & Mrs Carmichael
The children each presented their Greek projects to the class in the last few days before the Christmas break. We learned lots of new things about Ancient Greece, such as how to build a temple and how to make delicious Greek meals. We also learned that the Romans stole many of the Ancient Greeks' inventions - like underfloor heating! Well done Year 4 for all the effort you put into these projects and for presenting them so clearly and confidently to each other.