Our castles Fantastic Finish!
We had a great afternoon having a Medieval banquet to finish off our castles topic.
The children tried a Medieval style vegetable stew and we all performed
the medieval dance we had been practicing.
Motte and Bailey Castles
We have spent the last few weeks learning about Motte and Bailey castles, the first type of castles to be built in Norman Britain. We have learnt about the features of the castles, who lived in them and how castles have changed over the years.
You can see pictures of our own castles below, from the start to the end product. We designed our own castle first and then created them with the materials we would need. They look great!
23rd January 2019
Castle and the Sun
We had a very colourful afternoon! Our topic this half term is 'Castles'. The children have been studying the artist Paul Klee in their art work and used his famous Castle and the Sun image as inspiration for their own castle images.
15th January 2019
We were very lucky to have a visit from the author and illustrator M.P Robertson this week. He spoke to us about how he gets the ideas for his stories and how he likes to tell them through his illustrations. He also read us some of his brilliant adventure stories, showed us his sketches from where his ideas begin and taught the children in Key Stage One how to draw a dragon. There were some amazing outcomes!
We had a very exciting first day back. A mysterious egg was found in the school garden!
An emergency assembly was called where Miss Fairweather read out a letter she
received from the Natural History Museum which asked the children to keep a watchful eye on the egg but not to touch it. There were lots of creative ideas about what might be inside the egg and where it has come from!
Dear parents/ carers
Happy New Year to you all - below is the overview of our next topic 'Castles.' We have lots of exciting activities and events which will be taking place in line with this topic throughout the half term.
Our Traditional Tales display
The children have enjoyed reading and retelling different tales this half term, including Hansel and Gretel, Red Riding Hood and Goldilocks.
There has been some fantastic writing in Class 2 and the children used paint and oil pastels to create a woodland scene from Red Riding Hood. You can see our class display below.
Traditional Tales in English
The children have shown real enthusiasm in their English lessons this week, using a video from The Literacy Shed as our writing stimulus.
We looked at the main character in the video, a little shoemaker called 'Mr.Botte' to start our traditional tales topic.
The week started with the children creating freeze frames, displaying their understanding of what happened in the story. Some children then took on the role of 'Mr. Botte' and we asked him questions.
This lead to a brilliant piece of writing at the end of the week. You can see our week of learning in English below.
Tuesday 16th October
This week we are finishing our topic of 'People Who Help Us.' We have had lots of visitors from the wider community including a dentist, a postlady, a vicar and a paramedic. This has helped the children to further understand these job roles and they have really engaged well with the topic.
Our final visitor this week was a policewoman. The children learnt about how the police keep us safe, saw some of the equipment they carry and even got to see what it was like in the police car! We followed this visit with some recount writing. The children have been working hard to improve their writing by joining it up. You can see some pictures below.
Wednesday 10th October
This afternoon in Class 2 we used oil pastels to draw pictures of poppies.
These will be going on a whole school display in November to commemorate Remembrance Sunday.
The children were learning to be careful and controlled with their oil pastels as they created their picture.
Have a look at us hard at work on our poppies and some of the finished artwork below.
Wednesday 10th October
Art in Cedar Class
This half term in Class 2, we have been learning how to draw and paint self portraits.
The children each looked in a mirror to look carefully at their features and step by step we painted our self portraits, trying our best to be careful and precise with our brush strokes.
You can see the finished display of our self portraits in school below.
Can you guess who is who?
Tuesday 25th September
In our Literacy this week our focus is 'instructions'. The children have identified the features and we have discussed what makes good instructions. Today we have been planning what is going to go in our disgusting sandwich before we tell someone how they can make it. The children had to think of strong flavours and interesting ingredients to add to their disgusting sandwich. We had lots of creative ideas, including: streaky bacon, sprouts, mashed potato, mouldy cheese, sprinkles, birthday cake and hot chilli sauce, to name a few! Have a look at our pictures below.
In our Science, we were trying to find the most suitable material for Winnie the Pooh's new umbrella! We tested cardboard, tissue paper, fabric, a plastic bag and kitchen roll. We made predictions and tested this by putting 3-4 drops of water on each material. We found that the kitchen roll and tissue paper were the least waterproof as the water soaked straight through. The cardboard was the winner as the children found the material to be 'thick and strong' but knew if we put too much water on this material it may not act as the best umbrella!
Human number lines
We have been investigating number in Maths. This week, the children were each given a number and had to order themselves on a number line from smallest to biggest, thinking about where it would be positioned in relation to another number. Lots of great teamwork and discussion!
In Cedar class, we have been trying to improve our sentences by using adjectives and creating noun phrases. To help the children with this, we went on a hunt in the school woods for some famous book characters. The children described the characters and came up with some excellent phrases.
14th September 2018
Welcome to the class page for Cedar Class. The children are settling in very well to their new year groups and we have had a great week and a half of learning so far. I will update this page as regularly as I can to keep you aware of what's been going on in our class and what the children have been learning.
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