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!
Sport Relief Week Day 1 - Run or walk around the field as many times as you can in 15 minutes
4 laps - no stopping these!
Group Science Presentations
First research the famous scientist.
Next, decide how to present the information.
Practise the presentation using steps to success.
Ensure everyone has a part.
Face the front. Be confident. Speak clearly.
Deliver, then evaluate the presentation.
Making Clay Roman Coins
Umprompted teamwork - so proud!
Practising a variety of clay skills.
See the end result at our 'Open Morning' soon!
Celebrating World Book Day
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!
A captive audience
Sharing examples of his work
Telling part of the story, 'Max and the Millions'
After school book shop
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?
Recording our drama work
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.
Our nativity performance in St Mary's Church to hone drama skills and techniques, and to develop confidence in performing in front of others.
First Christmas at Fir Tree!
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!
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!
Christmas Craft Fayre Makes - Candy Cane Christmas Trees
Learning the recorder!
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
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
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