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TTrockstars

posted 7 Sep 2018, 11:39 by Anna Rust

Your child has his/her TTRockstars login details stuck in the font of their home-school book. 
Your child has (hopefully!) been assigned times tables to learn. These follow a schedule where you child is gradually introduced to more tables. For example, the first few weeks might be 2s, 5s and 10s, and then the 3s will be introduced as well. 
Please encourage your child to use the TTRockstars website frequently; it has a significant impact on their learning of the times tables and maths in general. 

Our first week

posted 7 Sep 2018, 11:34 by Anna Rust

The first week has flown by! 
We have finished making our Iron Men; you will be able to see them at Open Door next Friday (14th Sept).
We have started to learn about electricity. We have learned how it is generated and how to stay safe when using electrical appliances. We also investigated static electricity - we made butterflies and used a balloon to make the wings flap. Next we will be building our own electrical circuits. 
Today we also wrote speeches to persuade others to consider us as school council reps. Many children showed courage to read their speech to an audience.  
Next week we will be starting the place value unit in maths and continuing with our Iron Man theme in literacy.
I hope you have a lovely weekend. 

Welcome back!

posted 5 Sep 2018, 09:10 by Anna Rust

Welcome back to the start of a new academic year. Firstly, thank you for collecting pieces of recycling over the holidays; the children are really enjoying creating their own Iron Men (photos to follow...!)
We are enjoying taking part in some team building games. Today's challenge was to build a newspaper tower to support a weight. The wining tower was 40cm tall and supported 200g. 
Today we also thought about our aims and aspirations for the year. We drew and painted a self portrait and then wrote some sentences around the outside. 

Just a reminder that P.E. kits need to be in school every day please. 

Homework projects, science and reading

posted 10 Jul 2018, 06:21 by H East

The homework project for this half term was due yesterday (Monday 9th July). Well done to everyone who has completed this on time, the project looks fantastic. The children are taking it in turns to present their learning to the rest of the class. 

This week, Cedars have chosen what they would like to investigate in science. The only guidance they were given is that it had to link to liquids. We have decided to investigate whether some types of chocolate melt quicker than others - an appropriate choice given the weather. We may also take our learning further by designing packaging to keep chocolate solid in the summer. 

We are continuing to enjoy reading George's Marvellous Medicine - we have reached the part where Grandma goes through the roof! 

A visit from Grandma!

posted 4 Jul 2018, 10:26 by A West

This week Cedars had a visit from Grandma, from the book George's Marvellous Medicine by Roald Dahl. The children really enjoyed talking to Grandma and were equally enthusiastic about sketching and painting a picture of her. The children have drafted a character  description, applying their learning on expanded noun phrases. We are going to write a neat version of the descriptions around our pictures. We have also designed potions with the aim of making Grandma a nicer person. We are going to continue reading the book each week, focusing on comprehension skills. 

Internet safety, telling the time and more!

posted 25 Jun 2018, 23:59 by A West

Last week we focused on internet safety. We watched some informative videos which I've included the link to here - https://www.childnet.com/resources/the-adventures-of-kara-winston-and-the-smart-crew. The children really enjoyed them and are keen to watch them again at home. We also talked about why some games have age ratings and what to do in different situations. We discussed the importance of taking screenshots of any unpleasant messages - please support your child by showing them how to take screenshots on any devices that they use at home. 
This week we are learning to tell the time and then apply this learning to problem solving. This is a useful website to support your child's learning - https://mathsframe.co.uk/en/resources/resource/116/telling-the-time.
As the weather is lovely at the moment, we will be doing some of our learning outside, in addition to normal playtimes. Please ensure that your child has sufficient sun protection. 
Our class novel is George's Marvellous Medicine. We are reading the story as a class and and working on our comprehension skills. 

Bath bombs!

posted 14 Jun 2018, 14:40 by Anna Rust

Today has been centred around bath bombs! 
We started off by making our own bath bombs in groups. We had to measure the ingredients carefully and then mix them together a lot. Next we thought about who might buy and use bath bombs and we designed some packaging based on our perceived audience. Next we did some market research! We carefully studied each other's designs and voted on our favourite ones. We then presented the data as a bar chart. Next we will be finishing the packaging for our bath bombs and writing our own recipe. 

Tomorrow is KS2 sharing assembly, all parents are welcome. 

Book Week

posted 7 Jun 2018, 04:41 by Anna Rust

This week our learning has been has been focused around books. We have made picture books and will be sharing them with Oaks class. We have also designed bookmarks after doing some consumer research. We have reviewed and recommended books to each other and shared stories. We are looking forward to the reading picnic tomorrow, at 2:15pm. 

The homework for this half term is a project based on the history of anaesthetic. Further information can be found in the attached document, your child also has a copy. 
Please ensure that you child reads everyday. It can any reading material which they enjoy - books, newspapers, magazines, anything! Please also write the name of the reading material and a signature in your child's reading record - there are incentives in place in school for children who are reading daily. 

Next week we will be starting our final topic for this school year - Potions! 

The Ancient Greeks continued...

posted 21 May 2018, 12:55 by Anna Rust

What a creative few weeks we have had! 
We have made pots out of clay and painted them, designed shields on large sheets of cardboard, made olive leaf crowns and started to make model Trojan horses.
In maths we have been busy measuring the lengths of objects and then adding and subtracting measurements. We then had fun investigating perimeter. We started off by attempting to measure the perimeter of the playground without using any equipment. The children thought of some very unique ways to complete this task! Some children counted strides, others counted body lengths. Next we used trundle wheels and meter sticks to calculate more accurate measurements. 
In literacy we have pretended to be journalists and have written newspaper articles based on the Daedalus and Icarus myth. We are now learning about subordinating clauses. 
Come into school on Friday to see your child's learning as it's open door! 

The Ancient Greeks

posted 13 Apr 2018, 08:42 by Anna Rust

Cedars have had a very busy this week. We have begun learning about the Ancient Greeks. We started the topic on Monday by tasting typical Greek foods. The children were very brave and tried some foods which they perhaps wouldn't usually eat. Our favourite food was grapes and the least popular foods were olives, feta cheese and Greek yogurt. After the food tasting, we created bar charts to show the data. We have also enjoyed finding out about sport in Ancient Greece, particularly the Olympics. In addition, we have researched clothing and have remembered lots of interesting facts. Today we designed a toga pin and next week we will paint them.
Yesterday we were very lucky to have two visitors from Santander who talked to us about being moneywise. We learnt lots from the session including how to create secure passwords and the different ways to pay for items.  
Your child has been given a new homework grid and spellings for this week. Both of the tasks need to be completed by Monday, thank you. 

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