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Cedar Class Year 3

Welcome to Cedar Class!

Cedar Class is a Year 3 class with 30 children currently, most of whom have transitioned  from St Nicholas Infant School and Foundation Stage Unit. We have 17 boys and 13 girls.  We have a dedicated team of staff - Mrs Giles, (class teacher) Ms Coverdale, (teaching assistant) Mrs  McConnell, (teaching assistant) and Mrs Benny (teaching assistant).  We thrive on having fun and are very much looking forward to the year ahead!

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Mother's Day Cards (These children were away last week so displaying them for you to see!)

Mother's Day Cards  (These children were away last week so displaying them for you to see!) 1
Mother's Day Cards  (These children were away last week so displaying them for you to see!) 2
Mother's Day Cards  (These children were away last week so displaying them for you to see!) 3
Mother's Day Cards  (These children were away last week so displaying them for you to see!) 4

Roman Perfromance Poetry

Roman Perfromance Poetry 1 Take a kenning poem. Understand what it is about.
Roman Perfromance Poetry 2 Practise reading it. Be fluent.
Roman Perfromance Poetry 3 Use clear interesting and colourful voices.
Roman Perfromance Poetry 4 Add facial expressions and actions.
Roman Perfromance Poetry 5 Perform it. Be professional!

Sport Relief - Hoops and Skipping Ropes

Sport Relief - Hoops and Skipping Ropes 1 Impossible to do without a smile!
Sport Relief - Hoops and Skipping Ropes 2 Learning new skills with determination.
Sport Relief - Hoops and Skipping Ropes 3 Practise makes perfect!

Sport Relief Week Day 1 - Run or walk around the field as many times as you can in 15 minutes

Sport Relief Week   Day 1 -  Run or walk around the field as many times as you can in 15 minutes 1 Final sprint!
Sport Relief Week   Day 1 -  Run or walk around the field as many times as you can in 15 minutes 2 4 laps - no stopping these!
Sport Relief Week   Day 1 -  Run or walk around the field as many times as you can in 15 minutes 3 And rest!

Group Science Presentations

Group Science Presentations 1 First research the famous scientist.
Group Science Presentations 2 Next, decide how to present the information.
Group Science Presentations 3 Practise the presentation using steps to success.
Group Science Presentations 4 Ensure everyone has a part.
Group Science Presentations 5 Face the front. Be confident. Speak clearly.
Group Science Presentations 6 Deliver, then evaluate the presentation.

Making Clay Roman Coins

Making Clay Roman Coins 1 Umprompted teamwork - so proud!
Making Clay Roman Coins 2 Practising a variety of clay skills.
Making Clay Roman Coins 3 See the end result at our 'Open Morning' soon!

Celebrating World Book Day

Celebrating World Book Day 1
Celebrating World Book Day 2
Celebrating World Book Day 3

Visit From an Author

Author Ross Montgomery visited out school for the day and   inspired us during an assembly and a workshop as part of our celebrations for World Book Day. We were introduced to characters from many of his books and plots.

 He gave us top tips with examples for becoming an author.  The 3 most important are;

1. Read lots

2. Write lots

3. Never give up

He  explained about the process of researching his subjects, writing and painstakingly rewriting his work numerous times until he was happy with each book and accepted by the publishers.

 

Within Cedar Class, the book  they most wanted to read  was 'Christmas Dinner of Souls'.

His next book to be published will be  called 'Rock Bottom' and he has already published 11 books.

Seven more books are in process of being written currently.

 

 Jackson  was one of the many children inspired that day -  "That man has really inspired me to do writing at home later!" 

 

 We are keen to email any story ideas to the author, so get writing!

Ross Montgomery

Ross Montgomery 1 A captive audience
Ross Montgomery 2 Sharing examples of his work
Ross Montgomery 3 Telling part of the story, 'Max and the Millions'
Ross Montgomery 4 After school book shop
Ross Montgomery 5 Book signing

The myth of Romulus and Remus

Having learnt the Roman myth of Romulus and Remus, we did some drama work, called ‘Conscience Alley,’ to further develop our thinking and reasoning.   We had to decide if we personally thought that it was right to name the city Rome after Romulus. 

Tallulah – “No, it should be called Remus after his brother!”

Cian – “Yes, because the fight was all or nothing and he also built it!”

Jessica – “No because he killed his brother!”

Herbie – “Yes, because Romulus wanted everyone to know it was his city and he had built it!”

What would you think?

Picture 1 Recording our drama work

Cricket

Cricket 1 Warming up!
Cricket 2 Skills practise
Cricket 3 Game experience

First week of cricket with Nick

Brr!   It was a chilly day, but the enthusiasm was not spoilt in the least!

A warm-up game of ‘Head Shoulders, Knees and Toes’ soon got the children listening and moving with quick reactions in a bid to get the ball off the cone before their partner whenever ‘Toes’ was called!  Focus, concentration and good listening were all vitally important skills that were being developed.

Hand eye coordination was developed through catching practise from throws and bounces.  Interestingly, covering one eye made catching a ball so much harder and made us focus even more.

A game situation made us begin to work as a team, working hard to be quick to return the bat to the next member of the team or to get the ball back to the bowler to put pressure on the other side!

We eagerly look forward to the next fun-filled lesson to develop more skills and knowledge.

The Wallingford Pancake Race

We enjoyed going down to the town centre to support our Year 6’s and other members of the community at this annual, fun event to celebrate Shrove Tuesday.  Back at school, we wrote recounts   focussing on the who, what, where, when, why and how.

Picture 1 Eagerly awaiting the start of the race!
Picture 2 Ready to cheer loudly for Year 6 and Mr Wilcox!

We are half way through Year 3!

We are half way through Year 3! 1

Learning in the Forest

Learning in the Forest 1 Exploring rhythm and sound
Learning in the Forest 2 Creating tunes together
Learning in the Forest 3 With cooperation you achieve more
Learning in the Forest 4 Teamwork to build
Learning in the Forest 5 Creating animal habitats
Learning in the Forest 6 Finding skeleton treasures

Our 'Fighting Fit' Open Afternoon - A massive thank you to all who came and supported our learning!

Our 'Fighting Fit' Open Afternoon - A massive thank you to all who came and supported our learning! 1
Our 'Fighting Fit' Open Afternoon - A massive thank you to all who came and supported our learning! 2
Our 'Fighting Fit' Open Afternoon - A massive thank you to all who came and supported our learning! 3
Our 'Fighting Fit' Open Afternoon - A massive thank you to all who came and supported our learning! 4
Our 'Fighting Fit' Open Afternoon - A massive thank you to all who came and supported our learning! 5
Our 'Fighting Fit' Open Afternoon - A massive thank you to all who came and supported our learning! 6

Skeletons made from paper art straws

Skeletons made from paper art straws 1
Skeletons made from paper art straws 2
Skeletons made from paper art straws 3
Skeletons made from paper art straws 4
Skeletons made from paper art straws 5
Skeletons made from paper art straws 6

Getting up close to a real skeleton! Thanks to Harry for bringing this in for us to experience!

Getting up close to a real skeleton!  Thanks to Harry for bringing this in for us to experience! 1 Putting Mr Bones together like a jigsaw, not easy!
Getting up close to a real skeleton!  Thanks to Harry for bringing this in for us to experience! 2 How many bones in a hand?
Getting up close to a real skeleton!  Thanks to Harry for bringing this in for us to experience! 3 How many bones in a foot?
Getting up close to a real skeleton!  Thanks to Harry for bringing this in for us to experience! 4 'Vacant eyes staring...' from a poem we read

Inspired by the work of Julian Opie

Inspired by the work of Julian Opie 1 Take an interesting shaped photo
Inspired by the work of Julian Opie 2 Trace the outlines
Inspired by the work of Julian Opie 3 Colour carefully with pens
Inspired by the work of Julian Opie 4 No facial features
Inspired by the work of Julian Opie 5 People look anonymous
Inspired by the work of Julian Opie 6 The work of Julian Opie to inspire

VIP visitors - Puppies! Our thanks to Sarah and her puppies, (Kevin, Audrey, Larry, and Betty) for enhancing our curriculum on 'Human and Animals'.

VIP visitors - Puppies! Our thanks to Sarah and her puppies, (Kevin, Audrey, Larry, and Betty) for enhancing our  curriculum on 'Human and Animals'. 1 Exploring info, xrays and scan pics
VIP visitors - Puppies! Our thanks to Sarah and her puppies, (Kevin, Audrey, Larry, and Betty) for enhancing our  curriculum on 'Human and Animals'. 2 He's so soft!
VIP visitors - Puppies! Our thanks to Sarah and her puppies, (Kevin, Audrey, Larry, and Betty) for enhancing our  curriculum on 'Human and Animals'. 3 Sound asleep!
VIP visitors - Puppies! Our thanks to Sarah and her puppies, (Kevin, Audrey, Larry, and Betty) for enhancing our  curriculum on 'Human and Animals'. 4 This is so relaxing!
VIP visitors - Puppies! Our thanks to Sarah and her puppies, (Kevin, Audrey, Larry, and Betty) for enhancing our  curriculum on 'Human and Animals'. 5 Want to smuggle him home!
VIP visitors - Puppies! Our thanks to Sarah and her puppies, (Kevin, Audrey, Larry, and Betty) for enhancing our  curriculum on 'Human and Animals'. 6 Comparing skeletons with humans

Gardening with Mel planting bulbs and seeds in containers ready to grow and transfer to the garden

Gardening with Mel planting bulbs and seeds in containers ready to grow and transfer to the garden 1
Gardening with Mel planting bulbs and seeds in containers ready to grow and transfer to the garden 2
Gardening with Mel planting bulbs and seeds in containers ready to grow and transfer to the garden 3
Gardening with Mel planting bulbs and seeds in containers ready to grow and transfer to the garden 4
Gardening with Mel planting bulbs and seeds in containers ready to grow and transfer to the garden 5
Gardening with Mel planting bulbs and seeds in containers ready to grow and transfer to the garden 6

Take One Piece - Toccata and Fugue by J.S Bach

Take One Piece - Toccata and Fugue by J.S Bach 1 Getting in role as J.S Bach
Take One Piece - Toccata and Fugue by J.S Bach 2 Asking questions about his life
Take One Piece - Toccata and Fugue by J.S Bach 3 Answering as he would
Take One Piece - Toccata and Fugue by J.S Bach 4 Being dramatic and entertaining

Take One Piece - Choreographing dance moves for the' wobble, fall and turn around' sections of music

Take One Piece - Choreographing dance moves for  the' wobble, fall and turn around' sections of music 1
Take One Piece - Choreographing dance moves for  the' wobble, fall and turn around' sections of music 2
Take One Piece - Choreographing dance moves for  the' wobble, fall and turn around' sections of music 3

Chorography short video

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Getting out the instruments to compose and perform our own J.S Bach themes for 'wobble, fall and turn around'

Getting out the instruments to compose and perform our own  J.S Bach themes for 'wobble, fall and turn around' 1
Getting out the instruments to compose and perform our own  J.S Bach themes for 'wobble, fall and turn around' 2
Getting out the instruments to compose and perform our own  J.S Bach themes for 'wobble, fall and turn around' 3
Getting out the instruments to compose and perform our own  J.S Bach themes for 'wobble, fall and turn around' 4
Getting out the instruments to compose and perform our own  J.S Bach themes for 'wobble, fall and turn around' 5
Getting out the instruments to compose and perform our own  J.S Bach themes for 'wobble, fall and turn around' 6

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Our Trampolining Taster Session! Such fun!

Our Trampolining Taster Session! Such fun! 1
Our Trampolining Taster Session! Such fun! 2
Our Trampolining Taster Session! Such fun! 3

Trampolining short video

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Our Project this Term

 

Our nativity performance in St Mary's Church to hone drama skills and techniques, and to develop confidence in performing in front of others.

Our nativity performance in St Mary's Church to hone drama skills and techniques,  and to  develop confidence in performing in front of others. 1
Our nativity performance in St Mary's Church to hone drama skills and techniques,  and to  develop confidence in performing in front of others. 2
Our nativity performance in St Mary's Church to hone drama skills and techniques,  and to  develop confidence in performing in front of others. 3
Our nativity performance in St Mary's Church to hone drama skills and techniques,  and to  develop confidence in performing in front of others. 4
Our nativity performance in St Mary's Church to hone drama skills and techniques,  and to  develop confidence in performing in front of others. 5
Our nativity performance in St Mary's Church to hone drama skills and techniques,  and to  develop confidence in performing in front of others. 6

First Christmas at Fir Tree!

First Christmas  at Fir Tree! 1
First Christmas  at Fir Tree! 2
First Christmas  at Fir Tree! 3
First Christmas  at Fir Tree! 4
First Christmas  at Fir Tree! 5
First Christmas  at Fir Tree! 6

Design and Technology - making Santa Sleighs! Patience, perseverance, careful cutting and gluing were vital skills needed to make our sleighs. Put that together with creativity and imagination and anything is possible!

Design and Technology - making Santa Sleighs!    Patience, perseverance, careful cutting and gluing were vital skills needed to make our sleighs. Put that together with creativity and imagination and anything is possible! 1
Design and Technology - making Santa Sleighs!    Patience, perseverance, careful cutting and gluing were vital skills needed to make our sleighs. Put that together with creativity and imagination and anything is possible! 2
Design and Technology - making Santa Sleighs!    Patience, perseverance, careful cutting and gluing were vital skills needed to make our sleighs. Put that together with creativity and imagination and anything is possible! 3
Design and Technology - making Santa Sleighs!    Patience, perseverance, careful cutting and gluing were vital skills needed to make our sleighs. Put that together with creativity and imagination and anything is possible! 4
Design and Technology - making Santa Sleighs!    Patience, perseverance, careful cutting and gluing were vital skills needed to make our sleighs. Put that together with creativity and imagination and anything is possible! 5
Design and Technology - making Santa Sleighs!    Patience, perseverance, careful cutting and gluing were vital skills needed to make our sleighs. Put that together with creativity and imagination and anything is possible! 6

Exploring reflections in mirrors - writing and reading secret messages and travelling along a wibbly line by using the reflection only. This is not easy when the image is reversed!

Exploring reflections in mirrors - writing and reading secret messages and travelling along a wibbly line by using the reflection only.  This is not easy when the image is reversed! 1
Exploring reflections in mirrors - writing and reading secret messages and travelling along a wibbly line by using the reflection only.  This is not easy when the image is reversed! 2
Exploring reflections in mirrors - writing and reading secret messages and travelling along a wibbly line by using the reflection only.  This is not easy when the image is reversed! 3

Christmas Craft Fayre Makes - Candy Cane Christmas Trees

Christmas Craft Fayre Makes - Candy Cane Christmas Trees 1

Learning the recorder!

Learning the recorder! 1
We are now confidently playing and reading notes B, A and G and  playing a variety of tunes using these notes. We can play  with control making a nice sound and can repeat rhythms accurately.   We are learning musical terminology along the way such as dynamics, pitch, tempo, pulse and more!

RE - Role play

RE - Role play 1
RE - Role play 2
RE - Role play 3

In RE, Cedar Class were exploring the Nativity story in preparation for the performance in  St Mary’s Church at Christmas time.  Using role play, they explored the thoughts, feelings and reactions as Angel Gabriel explained to Mary that she was going to have a baby called Jesus  who would be Christs’ son.  How would you explain it to her if you were Angel Gabriel?  How would Mary really have reacted?

Science - Exploring which material is the most reflective

Science - Exploring which material is the most reflective 1
Science - Exploring which material is the most reflective 2
Science - Exploring which material is the most reflective 3

  In the science topic of ‘Light’, Cedar Class have been experimenting to discover the most reflective materials. They tested different materials  with shining torches  to see how much light was reflected back onto a white piece of paper surrounding the torch. The  more light on the paper, the more reflective the material was. They also learned about the retro-reflective materials used in road signs and ‘hi vis’  safety  gear.   Keep an eye out for other retro-reflective equipment and clothing! Maybe your coat has retro-reflective strips in it so you can be seen easily in the dark and kept safe!

Children in Need - choreographed by Louis and his team

Children in Need - choreographed by Louis and his team 1
Children in Need - choreographed by Louis and his team 2

See them in action!

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Get for a work break and to release energy!

Odd socks day for antibullying

Odd socks day for antibullying 1

Our wonderful dragon eyes practising the skill of mark making in clay.

Our wonderful dragon eyes practising the skill of mark making in clay. 1
Our wonderful dragon eyes practising the skill of mark making in clay. 2
Our wonderful dragon eyes practising the skill of mark making in clay. 3
Our wonderful dragon eyes practising the skill of mark making in clay. 4
Our wonderful dragon eyes practising the skill of mark making in clay. 5
Our wonderful dragon eyes practising the skill of mark making in clay. 6

This is just a fraction of the brilliant dragon project work produced. What a lot of variety of tasks and skills needed and used. Well done everyone!

This is just a fraction of the brilliant dragon project work produced.   What a lot of variety of tasks and skills needed and used. Well done everyone! 1
This is just a fraction of the brilliant dragon project work produced.   What a lot of variety of tasks and skills needed and used. Well done everyone! 2
This is just a fraction of the brilliant dragon project work produced.   What a lot of variety of tasks and skills needed and used. Well done everyone! 3
This is just a fraction of the brilliant dragon project work produced.   What a lot of variety of tasks and skills needed and used. Well done everyone! 4
This is just a fraction of the brilliant dragon project work produced.   What a lot of variety of tasks and skills needed and used. Well done everyone! 5
This is just a fraction of the brilliant dragon project work produced.   What a lot of variety of tasks and skills needed and used. Well done everyone! 6
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