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Blue Abyss

posted 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. 

Trip to Woburn Sands

posted 4 Oct 2018, 14:11 by Anna Rust   [ updated 4 Oct 2018, 14:12 ]

On Monday we went to the park in Woburn Sands to learn about forces. We caught the train from Bow Brickhill station. We all had a great time. The trip will be the basis for our learning this week and next. We will be writing a recount of our experience and analysing the park by considering the forces involving when using the play equipment. 

We have completed lots of science investigations recently. We chose to investigate whether magnets are more powerful in water or air - the children loved investigating this and we managed to not get everything completely soaked! We have also investigated how much force is needed to move objects along different surfaces. 

In maths we have done lots of counting. We have practised counting in multiples of 25, 50, 100 and 1000. We then applied our learning to thinking about numbers on a number line. Tomorrow we are moving on to finding 10, 100 and 1000 more and less than a given number.

Next Friday (12th October) will be our Harvest Festival assembly. We are working hard to learn hymns and poems which will be performed at church. We would be delighted if you could attend the service. 

23/9/18 - our third week

posted 23 Sep 2018, 09:04 by Anna Rust

We are continuing to learn about numbers and place value. This week we have partitioned numbers in different ways and looked at comparing numbers using greater and less than signs.

We are having fun creating PowerPoint presentations linked to our topic. This week the focus was on using hyperlinks to link slides. We are also revising skills such as creating text boxes and changing the style and font of text.

On Friday we began to create Iron Man settings by using tissue paper to create a sunset and cutting silhouettes out of black paper.

We have also begun learning about forces in preparation for our visit to the park in a week’s time. We have learnt that forces can be pushes or pulls and we are now planning an investigation to test out our own theories. 

Thank you to the parents who attended the information meeting on Tuesday. If you were not able to attend, a printed copy of the PowerPoint and handouts have been sent home in your child’s bookbag.

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. 

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