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Half term

posted 24 May 2019, 08:24 by Anna Rust

We have finished our Scrumdiddlyumptious topic - part 1! We have decided to continue with the topic after half term, beginning with a smoothies project. 
This week we have been busy learning to play the flute and drawing graphs linked to science. We completed an investigation linked to exercise and our heart rate and then drew a line graph to represent the data. We have also drawn bar charts to show the nutritional content in foods. 

Today we created artwork in the style of Andy Warhol and edited our stories called 'Catch It!'

I hope you have a lovely half term. 

Bananas!

posted 2 May 2019, 23:35 by Anna Rust

This week we have continued with our banana project. We have learned about Fairtrade and the benefits that buying those products has on farmers in poorer communities. We did an simulation activity where the children  experienced what life might be like as a banana farmer. They had to 'produce' (using a limited amount of paper, colouring pencils and scissors) bananas that met a minimum quality standard. Part way through the game, each group had to deal with a situation. Some of these were negative situations such as drought or illness and the group had some of the equipment taken away. One the situations was positive - the farmers had joined a Fairtrade group - so the group of children received additional equipment. The children have been set the challenge of encouraging their grown ups to buy Fairtrade produce on your next visit to the supermarket. We have finished our banana project by making banana bread. See photos on the class page. Today, the children will be writing the instructions and tasting their bread. 

Scrumdiddlyumptious

posted 27 Apr 2019, 12:00 by Anna Rust

Welcome back! We've had a tasty start to the new term. On Tuesday we used our senses to explore lots of different types of fruit. We learned about where some of the fruits come from and marked the countries on a world map. We also voted for our favourite fruits and then used the data to draw a bar chart. Mangoes and strawberries were very popular and avocado was a definite least favourite. Continuing with the fruity theme, we have begun learning about an artist called Giuseppe Arcimboldo who painted portraits made out of fruit. We will have a go at creating our own work in a similar style over the coming weeks. We have also started learning about the journey of a banana. We have looked at the stages in detail from where bananas are grown in Columbia all the way to when they reach the supermarkets in the UK. Next, we will explore Fairtrade and what life might be like as a banana farmer. 
In maths we have started a unit of work on decimals. This week we have looked at different ways of representing numbers with tenths (number line, bar model, pictures etc) and next we will be dividing one digit and two digit numbers by 10. 
On Friday afternoon, the children had a session in their house group, learning about their Saint and then completing an art activity. 

Roman food

posted 22 Mar 2019, 09:18 by Anna Rust   [ updated 22 Mar 2019, 09:18 ]

This week we have researched aspects of Roman life. We have started to use our findings to make information leaflets. One of the aspects we found out about was the food they ate. This afternoon, we made Puls (similar to porridge) and a Libum (an ancient Roman cheesecake). We pretended to be slaves and wealthy people. The slaves had to cut the Libum and wash the hands of their master at regular intervals. The food had mixed reviews! 


The Romans

posted 1 Mar 2019, 08:27 by Anna Rust

What a busy week! We have started a new topic called I am Warrior. It is all about the Romans. On Monday we explored the design of Roman shields and then created our own on large sheets of cardboard before painting them. We learned about the 'boss' which is in the centre of the shield. After this, we compared the Roman army to a Celtic warrior and we also researched using the internet and books. Today we practised typical Roman army formations - the Tortoise and the Wedge. We found the Wedge a challenging formation to make as a class but we managed to move as a group in Tortoise formation. 

This week we have begun learning about fractions. We stared by looking at fractions of shapes and equivalent fractions. Today, we made our own fraction wall which we will use in future lessons. Next week we will be finding fractions of amounts and investigating equivalent fractions further. 

Children practise their spellings in school every morning; these words have also been sent home today so that you are aware of what your child is learning. Children will receive house points for returning their spelling grids, completed, each Wednesday. 

Tremors

posted 1 Feb 2019, 09:06 by Anna Rust

We've had a busy few weeks! We started our topic by learning about volcanoes. On the first day back we talked about the different types of volcanoes and then made our own in groups using newspaper and paint. At the end of the day, the volcanoes erupted! We also located volcanoes on a world map with the help of digital maps and we created some fantastic volcano themed artwork - a lot of paint splattering was involved!

Part of the topic is about rocks. Last week we went on a walk round the village and Bow Brickhill woods. We noticed lots of things made from stone and we collected a rock each to bring back to school. After the walk, we wrote a recount of our journey. We also learned about the layers of the earth and we created models to show our learning. 

This term we have been learning how to multiply and divide numbers using a written method. We will soon apply our learning to fractions. Today we put our maths learning to good use when baking cakes to raise money for the 'Mad about Harry' appeal.  

Spelling

posted 26 Nov 2018, 11:52 by Anna Rust   [ updated 26 Nov 2018, 11:53 ]

Our approach to spelling has changed slightly. At intervals throughout the school year, the children will be given a bookmark of words that they can practise at home. 
Each day in school, the children will practise a set of words using the Look, Cover, Write, Check method. These words will also be tested in school at regular intervals.
The children will be able to take their spelling sheets home at the end of the week so that you can see what words they have been learning. 
If you have any queries, please speak to me on the door in the morning or after school.

Our Blue Abyss latest news

posted 26 Nov 2018, 11:51 by Anna Rust

Last week we experimented with using watercolours to create a seascape. The children explored mixing colours to create different shades and then had a go at using techniques to create wave effects. We also continued using atlases to identify seas and oceans and the creatures which live within them. 

This week we are focussing on plastic pollution. The children have planned and will be writing stories linked to this. In maths we are learning about perimeter as well as practising the times tables. Our reading focus currently is understanding vocabulary in context. We are becoming more proficient at using thesauruses and dictionaries to aid our vocabulary. 

Blue Abyss

posted 12 Nov 2018, 13:22 by Anna Rust

We started the half term with a firework themed day. We learned about the history of Bonfire Night and then talked about staying safe around fireworks. We made posters and comic strips to help others to also know how to stay safe. In the afternoon, we applied our learning of expanded noun phrases to a piece of writing. To finish off the day, we worked in year group teams to collect natural objects from the playground and field and to arrange the resources to create giant firework master pieces.

Last Tuesday, we had a themed day to introduce our new topic, Blue Abyss. We each made an aquarium in a shoebox. We thought carefully about what resources would be appropriate for each part of the aquarium. Some children chose to make objects using salt sough whilst others created plants using felt. We also experimented with making parts of our aquariums move. Our aquariums will be used as a setting for story writing.

Last week we also began to locate countries and oceans using atlases and we practised sketching skills. We will continue with both of these throughout the topic.

On Friday we had a day to celebrate the 100th anniversary of WW1. We briefly learned about the history of the war and then worked in groups to complete a project. The tasks included writing a prayer, thinking about what we are thankful for, independent research and using related vocabulary to create a word cloud. In the morning we also had a service at the memorial in the village and in the afternoon, we sketched images of the memorial with the wreath laid by children in Year 6.

This week we are focusing on using conjunctions in our writing and using our research of a sea creature to write a fact file. We have started learning about Roman numerals up to 100and we will also be solving word problems linked to addition and subtraction.

Trip to the Recycling Centre

posted 10 Oct 2018, 08:58 by Anna Rust

This morning, Cedars went to the recycling centre in MK. The first thing the children were told was that they are allowed to pick up items, touch and play with things - the excitement this caused! We spent a bit of time exploring the education room which was full of recycled and up-cycled items. Next we learnt lots of facts about recycling and then we went inside the factory. Unfortunately , the machinery had broken down and had stopped working but we put on all of the safety gear nevertheless - hard hats, hi-viz jackets, ear defenders, gloves, the lot! We saw piles and piles of rubbish waiting to be recycled. After that, we split into three groups to complete recycling related activities. The first one was to be pretend factory workers and sort the rubbish that is tipped onto a conveyor belt. The second activity was to find a list of objects around the room and name the material they are made from. The final activity was to solve clues to find the right items to place in a supermarket trolley. For the last part of our visit, we crushed fizzy drink cans in a special machine. W e then went by coach back to school. The children will now complete tasks in school linked to the visit. We will be writing recounts and formal letters to thank the volunteers who came with us. We will also be continuing to learn about rubbish and recycling in PHSE. 

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