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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. 

Homework

posted 6 Apr 2018, 09:57 by Anna Rust

The grid for this half term's homework is attached to this post as a Word document. The grid will also be stuck in your child's homework book. Please remember that one task should be completed each week and that the tasks are due in school every Monday.  


Happy Easter

posted 28 Mar 2018, 05:03 by Anna Rust

Cedars had a busy end to the Spring term. On Wednesday it was World Down Syndrome Day and we spent the morning finding out about the condition as well as learning how to communicate in different ways. We learned the sign language alphabet as well as important words and phrases such as greetings and how to say our name. The lesson was greatly enjoyed by all the children.  
On Friday we walked to Church for the Easter service and this was followed by the traditional pasta hunt back at school. The children had a great time trying to collect exactly 50 grams of pasta. 
Our topic after the holidays is Gods and Mortals which focuses on Ancient Greek myths.
I hope you all have a lovely Easter break and come back ready to learn on Monday 9th April. 

Untitled

posted 5 Mar 2018, 23:27 by Anna Rust

I hope you enjoyed the snow day on Friday! 

This week we are continuing to learn about homophones. The words for this week are:
missed/mist, peace/piece, plain/plane, rain/rein/reign, scene/seen, weather/whether, whose/who’s, quite/quiet

A list is also stuck in your child's reading record. Please remind your child to practice the words in sentences as evidence that they are being learned. 

We have seen some fantastic homework for our topic so far, ranging from photos of digitally created works of art to gigantic models of famous buildings. Please remember that homework is due every Monday. 

This week we are doing top-secret Mother's Day preparation and beginning to learn about light. So far we have looked at the difference between sources of light and reflectors. In maths we are moving onto equivalent fractions. 

Urban Pioneers

posted 20 Feb 2018, 07:52 by Anna Rust

We have started off our new topic, Urban Pioneers, by looking at the street artist called Banksy. We created our own stencils and then used these to paint pictures. We discovered that our class has mixed opinions about graffiti. We have decided to hold a debate so that everyone has the opportunity to express their views. Today we did some research to make sure that we are confident with our reasoning.
Later on this week, we are going to being looking at homophones (words which sound the same but have different spellings and meanings). The children will be given their list of spelling on Thursday. We are also going to begin a maths topic of fractions.
New homework sheets have been stuck into books today. Your child needs to choose a different task each week and complete it by each Monday. 


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. 

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