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Gods and Mortals

posted 2 Oct 2019, 02:26 by C Wallis

From nothingness came chaos, from chaos came air and water, from air and water came life! 

This half term cedars have been learning all about ancient Greece, involving the fantastic mythical creatures, legendary heroes and who lives at Mount Olympus. The children have thoroughly enjoyed the topic so far and have produced some incredible art work which is displayed in our classroom, as well as around the school. 

This week we have looked at the story of Medusa and Athena. On Monday we watched a video on the story and created our very own storyboard. Tomorrow the children will be producing their own versions of Medusa and Athena, which they are very excited about! The children's stories which really capture this historical myth will be published on our class page. 


posted 18 Jul 2019, 03:50 by Anna Rust

Wow, I can’t believe it’s nearly the nearly of this academic year! We have concluded our Scrumdiddlyumptious topic by learning about teeth. We found out about the different types and what they are used for and then made a model using marshmallows. We have also completed art in the style of Kandinsky and revised maths concepts in order to solve mysteries. Tomorrow we are going to church for the Leavers’ Assembly.  

I hope you have a peaceful, relaxing break before returning to school on Wednesday 4th September. 


posted 19 Jun 2019, 06:51 by Anna Rust   [ updated 18 Jul 2019, 03:51 ]

This week we have begun learning about chocolate. We have found out a little about the history of chocolate and are now learning about the journey from bean to bar. We have also found out which countries cocoa trees grow in and located these on a world map. 

In maths, we have worked hard to apply our learning of many concepts in order to solve word problems. We have also been busy learning about angles - acute, right and obtuse. Before the end of term, we will cover telling the time, converting between units of measurement and more work on geometry. 

Smoothie project

posted 19 Jun 2019, 06:48 by Anna Rust

Since half term, we have been working on a smoothie project, starting, of course, with tasting and comparing a variety of smoothies. After this, the children decided what to include in their own smoothie, thinking about what fruits would work well together. Then, they set to work advertising their smoothie. The children created posters in groups and designed packaging which included a name, logo and slogan. The project ended with the children preparing their smoothie and organising an event for parents to come and taste their efforts. The project was greatly enjoyed by all children in Cedars.

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. 


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. 


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. 


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.  

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